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Recipe: Plant Bowl with Basil Avocado Dressing

by Marissa on July 3, 2018

Plant Bowl | Marissa Vicario Health Coach

Last week in Miami, David and I ate at Seaspice, a restaurant that easily became one of my favorites in the area mostly because of their Plant Bowl but also because everything we ordered was just so good. And the outdoor table we had overlooking the river was pretty sweet too. When I saw the Plant Bowl on the menu – and read its description – I knew right away I wanted to order it. I’m usually sold on anything in a bowl, but even more so the second I saw that it was a complete plant-based meal on its own (you can also add more protein to it – chicken, tuna, shrimp or salmon) with a variety of textures and flavors. 

  • Forbidden rice
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Pickled blueberries
  • Kale
  • Watercress
  • Garlic sprouts
  • Shaved asparagus
  • Basil-avocado pesto 

I loved the plant bowl so much that I had to recreate it on my own at home. I was able to do so with a few substitutions based on what was available at the Farmer’s Market.

This is what was in my plant bowl: 

Plant Bowl with Basil Avocado Dressing
A complete plant-based meal in a bowl.
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  1. Forbidden rice
  2. Black-eyed peas
  3. Fresh blueberries
  4. Arugula
  5. Shaved brussels sprouts
  6. Sunflower Seeds, toasted
Basil Avocado Dressing
  1. 1 large handful basil
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  4. 1/4 ripe avocado
  5. juice of half a lemon + zest
  6. 1 clove garlic
  7. sea salt and pepper to taste
For dressing
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. Add water to thin out the consistency as needed.
For bowl
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl, placing the heavier ingredients on the bottom and toss with dressing.
  1. Substitute similar ingredients based on preference and what you have available.
Where I Need to Be
Besides all the textures and fresh flavors in this bowl, what makes it so good is the ability to customize it based on your own tastes, preferences and what you have available. Layer all the ingredients in a bowl – Seaspice used a tilted glass bowl like this – which was perfect for seeing all the layers. Everything is more fun in a bowl – I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the trend. 


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