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This Healthy Rainbow Grain Bowl Is Actually Crazy Delicious

ROYGBIV-egetable.

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The best part about eating your vegetables is that you can literally make a goddamned RAINBOW from all the kinds available.

Even better: Toss them in a bowl with protein-heavy beans, chickpeas and quinoa and then drizzle them with a super-creamy (*vegan*) salad dressing.

Start by thinly slicing or chopping a whole bunch of colorful vegetables, like beets, cherry tomatoes, yellow peppers...

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..avocado, cabbage and radishes.

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😍😍😍

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Then make a bowl with as many cooked grains* and beans as possible, like red quinoa, chickpeas, green split peas and black beans.

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*Quinoa is a seed, I KNOW!

Then arrange all the vegetables in ~rainbow~ order.

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ROYGBIV, y'all!!

Now make a ridiculously delicious dressing: Combine 1/4 cup tahini, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. olive oil...

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...plus 2 Tbsp. water and season with salt and pepper. Whisk together until a creamy, smooth, pourable dressing comes together.

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You could also make extra, since you'll probably want to put it on everything.

Pour the dressing into the center of the bowl and then toss everything together to give it equal tahini-love.

There are a LOT of vegetables in there.
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There are a LOT of vegetables in there.

Rainbow Grain Bowl

Serves 2

By Alison Roman

For the salad:

You don't have to use all these vegetables—pick and choose your favorites.

3 cups cooked beans or grains

1 small red beet, thinly sliced

1/2 cup red cherry tomatoes, halved

2 small carrots, shaved with a vegetable peeler

1/2 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

1/2 avocado, thinly sliced

1 small cucumber, thinly sliced

1 cup baby kale, herbs or other greens

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 small head of cabbage, thinly sliced

2 radishes, thinly sliced

For the dressing and assembly:

1/4 cup tahini

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling

2 tablespoons water

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the salad:

Layer the beans and grains into the bottom of a large serving bowl. Arrange sliced vegetables on top in a rainbow color order.

For the dressing and assembly:

Whisk the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, and water in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle a little olive oil over all the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Pour the dressing into the center of the bowl and toss everything together.

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