Mediterranean Bowls

5 from 4 votes

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This Mediterranean Bowl recipe is a fresh and delicious lunch or dinner option! Topped with chicken, feta, cucumbers, and all kinds of favorite Greek flavors, you’ll get Mediterranean flair in every bite.

A Mediterranean bowl with saffron rice, spinach, chicken, corn, cucumbers, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce, pickled red onions, and fresh dill

Mediterranean Bowl

This Mediterranean Bowl was inspired by CAVA, a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant. I tried CAVA on a recent trip to Austin, TX and I fell in love! It reminded me of a Chipotle, but with Mediterranean food instead of Mexican food. I couldn’t wait to get home so I could recreate all the fresh and delicious flavors. This bowl makes a perfect lunch, chock full of healthy protein, flavorful rice, and also all your favorite bright and fresh Greek flavors.

What’s in a Good Bowl Recipe?

This Mediterranean Bowl is only one of many delicious bowl combinations. I love bowl recipes, but also I love grabbing random ingredients from my fridge and creating delicious concoctions from whatever I have on hand, tossing it into a bowl and calling it a meal. They’re filling, healthy and leave me feeling satisfied but not overly full. My kids also love making their own bowls. It’s so fun to see what you can make out of odds and ends in your refrigerator. But typically here’s what you need for a bowl:

  • rice base (you could use quinoa, brown rice, any grain will do, for this Mediterranean Bowl I love to use brown rice or yellow rice)
  • greens (spinach, romaine, arugula, really any lettuce)
  • protein (chicken, beef, ground chicken, pork, meatballs, etc.)
  • vegetables (the sky’s the limit here; any and all veggies work great!)
  • toppings like cheese, dressing, lemon juice, garlic, etc.
A jar of pickled red onions

Homemade Pickled Red Onions

Pickled red onions are the absolute icing on the cake of this recipe. They are little sweet and sour GEMS. Plus, I am also just obsessed with the color. You can buy these at most grocery stores, but they are also SO easy to make at home! Thinly slice one red onion. Then, add it to a large jar with an airtight lid. Then, in a separate bowl mix together ¼ cup red wine vinegar, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons of salt, and 1 cup warm water. Stir until all the salt and sugar dissolve and pour over the onions. Let sit in the fridge overnight, and voila! You will want to make these over and over again. They are delicious on these Mediterranean Bowls, as well as tacos, avocado toast, salads, and sandwiches!

Swaps/Substitutions for this Mediterranean Bowl

  • You can swap cooked quinoa, brown rice, couscous or any other grain. At CAVA I got the saffron rice and it was delicious! You can buy pre-made saffron rice at some grocery stores. However, I used our Yellow Rice for this recipe.
  • Go all veggie! Keep out the chicken and pile on the veggies. In addition to the vegetables listed below, you can add roasted cauliflower, eggplant, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, shredded carrots, chopped beets, or sun dried tomatoes. For a little extra protein, you can also add chickpeas or avocado.
  • If you’re a meat lover, you can add two or three types of meat to your Mediterranean bowl, like ground beef or pork, chicken thighs, grilled sirloin or shredded beef.
  • Instead of Tzatziki sauce, you could use a red wine vinaigrette, tahini sauce, hummus, balsamic vinaigrette, or you can also just use extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and vinegar.
A bowl of saffron rice topped with a cilantro leaf

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How to Make a Mediterranean Bowl

A Mediterranean bowl with saffron rice, spinach, chicken, corn, cucumbers, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce, pickled red onions, and fresh dill

Mediterranean Bowl

5 from 4 votes
This Mediterranean Bowl recipe is a fresh and delicious lunch or dinner option! Topped with chicken, feta, cucumbers, and all kinds of favorite Greek flavors, you'll get Mediterranean flair in every bite.
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 1


  • 1 cup yellow rice click the link for our recipe
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup diced chicken See below for our chicken recipe, but you can use any chicken. I have used rotisserie chicken, chicken breasts, thighs, really anything!
  • 1/4 cup fire roasted corn
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup Tzatziki sauce
  • crumbled feta
  • pickled red onions
  • fresh dill
  • toasted pita bread for serving


  • Add rice and spinach to a large bowl.
    Saffron rice and spinach in a large white bowl
  • Top with chicken, corn, and cucumbers.
    A large bowl with saffron rice, spinach, chicken, corn, and cucumbers
  • Add feta and tzatziki sauce.
    A large bowl filled with saffron rice, spinach, chicken, corn, cucumbers, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce
  • Top with pickled red onions and fresh dill.
    A Mediterranean bowl with saffron rice, spinach, chicken, corn, cucumbers, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce, pickled red onions, and fresh dill


Our chicken recipe:
½ bottle Lawry’s Lemon Pepper Marinade
1 Chicken Breast
Lemon Pepper Seasoning to taste
Marinate chicken breast halves in lemon pepper marinade for at least an hour (sealed tightly in a plastic Ziploc bag works best). Remove chicken and discard marinade. Place chicken in a 9×13 glass baking dish and sprinkle with lemon pepper on both sides. Bake at 350-degrees for about 35 min or until juices run clear and chicken is completely cooked through.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 927kcalCarbohydrates: 162gProtein: 39gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 381mgPotassium: 689mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 3150IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 176mgIron: 3mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. I totally figured out their salmon recipe, and now I’m excited to try to get the rice down pat, too! πŸ˜€ Do you know how to do the green beans?? They’re arguably the best part, imo.

    1. Oooh, it has been SO long since I have been there I don’t remember the green beans! I will be going next summer and will try to duplicate them πŸ˜€ The salmon recipe sounds fantastic!

      1. I too NEED the green bean makeup. Lots of garlic, olive oil then balsamic?, worchestershire?, soy probably not. Any ideas? Had them two weeks ago and now have to wait for a July visit.

        1. Oh man, we need to go back there. We are hoping to go again this summer. If we do we will get the green beans and try to duplicate the recipe!

  2. I lived in Post Falls, ID for 6 yrs and The White House Grill was one of my favorite restaurants. To my knowledge they don’t serve this dish any longer but had it when they did. Have to say you have nailed it. Of course depending on the day sometimes the garlic was a bit stronger than this recipe. I lived three blocks from The White House and I have boxes that when opened smell like garlic…. Miss their hummus the most I think.

    1. I agree, their hummus is awesome! I know if you specifically ASK for the spring bowl, they will still make it up for you! Just in case you are in town and craving it again sometime! They also serve it whenever they have their food truck out (like at Pig Out in the Park in Spokane).

  3. Thanks so Much for Recipe.
    We ate at the White House Grill the 1st night it opened when Ederm was Raci's partner. Spring Bowls and Diablo was the Bomb. We have since moved to Florida 3 yrs ago and my wife asked this morning if I could re-make he a White House Spring Bowl. I looked up their site to remind myself what was in it and it was no longer on menu. Thanks so much for the help. Missing Idaho, lol and it aooears Raci has done well with 3 grills now.

  4. I cant wait to try this recipe! I used to live in Post Falls, ID and at the 4 way stop where the White House Grill was located you could smell how delicious their food was! Putting this on the menu for next week! Cant wait!

  5. 5 stars
    We had this the other night as well and it was excellent! Perfect for a summer meal. We weren't as brave with the garlic though and actually ended up adding a bit more rice to the mix to tone down the flavor. But it definitely hit the spot!

  6. 5 stars
    I made this last night for my family and they LOVED it! It was so tasty. My husband asked that it go into our meal rotation.

    Thanks for the yummy recipe!


  7. 5 stars
    I just tried this recipe last night and we LOVED it! I've never been to the restaurant, but it was a delicious dinner!

  8. 5 stars
    I've been to the White House Grill in Post Falls, ID. I actually grew up in Newman Lake, WA, just about 10 minutes from downtown Post Falls. Thanks for all of your recipes! I'm excited to try out this recipe and others that you post. Keep them coming!