Summer Protein Bowl Recipe

Denise Austin
by Denise Austin | 

As summer begins to wind down, now is the perfect time to take advantage of fresh, summer produce - and an easy way to do so is a Protein Summer Bowl! What makes this recipe so fun is that while the base ingredients stay that same, you can use whatever you have on hand to fill it out.

This bowl is perfect for lunch or dinner, provides plenty of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and will make you feel great. Plus - it tastes amazing!

Protein Summer Bowl

Base ingredients

1/2 cup cooked brown rice (or farro or quinoa), preferably still warm

1/4 cup cooked edamame

1/2 cup cooked greens (spinach, kale, collards)

1/4 cup hummus

Small piece of cooked salmon - about half the size of your palm, preferably warm (try my Glazed Salmon recipe!)


Here is where you can add whatever you want! 

Denise’s Summer Choices:

Calamata olives

Sliced, steamed summer squash

Freshly roasted tomatoes

Freshly roasted corn kernels

Sprinkle of sunflower seeds

Other Options:

Cheese (feta, Jarlesburg or another hardy cheese works best)

Cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, sliced carrots, shredded cabbage or another veggie

Walnuts, almonds or another nut


Place the rice (or substitute) in the middle of a large, shallow bowl. Then place the other base ingredients around the center. Then add the extras in between the base ingredients. I like to sprinkle the sunflower seeds across the dish once it is assembled. Then simply drizzle a little of your favorite dressing over the entire bowl. You can mix the bowl up, or combine as you like, but I guarantee the combo of the creamy hummus, sturdy edamame and greens, and the warmth of the rice and salmon is amazing! The little crunch from the sunflower seeds rounds it out. 

A healthy, seasonal-food based meal that you can mix and match so the entire family is satisfied!

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