Have you ever found yourself craving the fresh, vibrant flavors of a CAVA Greek bowl, only to realize that the nearest location is miles away? Or maybe you’re keeping an eye on your budget, and eating out regularly isn’t on the menu right now.
Whatever the reason, I’m here to share some good news – you can recreate the magic of a CAVA Greek bowl right in your own kitchen! Not only does this save you a drive and some dough, but it also offers the flexibility to customize your bowl to your heart’s content. Let’s embark on this culinary adventure together and bring the Mediterranean closer to home
Creating a CAVA-inspired Greek bowl at home is a fun and delicious adventure. These bowls are customizable, fresh, and packed full of Mediterranean flavor. Here is a simple way to make a CAVA-style Greek bowl:
Ingredients for CAVA Inspired Easy Greek Bowls:
- grilled chicken
- cooked rice
- Persian cucumbers, sliced
- cherry tomatoes, halved
- Kalamata olives, optional
- feta cheese, crumbled
- red onion, sliced thin
- romaine lettuce, chopped
- Red pepper hummus
- Pita bread or pita chips, for serving
- Greek vinaigrette
- Layer on the chopped romaine lettuce at the bottom of your bowl. for a crunchy, fresh component.
- Top with a layer of your favorite cooked rice if desired. We like to use turmeric rice.
- Arrange your sliced Persian cucumbers, halved cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and thin slices of red onion on top of the lettuce.
- Top with grilled chicken.
- Crumble feta cheese over the salad for a tangy punch of flavor.
- Add a generous dollop of red pepper hummus to one side of the bowl.
- Drizzle your homemade Greek vinaigrette all over the ingredients in the bowl.
- Serve the bowl with a side of warm pita bread or cava style pita chips.
Feel free to swap out ingredients based on your preferences, dietary needs, or what you have on hand. Vegan options could include omitting the feta or replacing it with a plant-based cheese. This bowl is a great way to enjoy fresh ingredients in a versatile, satisfying meal!
Meal prepping with CAVA-inspired Greek bowls is a great way to plan for a week’s worth of nutritious, flavorful meals. Here’s how you can turn these bowls into your meal prep champions:
- Cook your rice at the start of the week and let them cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Prep your veggies – slice the cucumbers and onions, halve the tomatoes, chop the lettuce, and store them in separate containers in the fridge.
- Prep the Kalamata olives and feta cheese and store them separately as well.
- Store individual servings of your dressing in pre portioned containers to grab in the mornings.
When ready to assemble the CAVA Inspired Easy Greek Bowl
- Each morning (or night before, if you prefer), assemble your bowl: Start with a base of rice, add lettuce, then top with the sliced cucumbers, halved tomatoes, a portion of the Kalamata olives, sliced onion, and a portion of the feta cheese.
- Add a spoonful of red pepper hummus and pack your homemade Greek vinaigrette separately to avoid the salad from becoming soggy.
- When ready to eat, drizzle over the dressing, give it a good mix, and enjoy!
- Don’t forget to pack a piece of pita bread or bag of pita chips on the side.
By following this meal prep method, you’ll have delicious, healthy, and satisfying meals ready to go for the week. This is not only a time-saver but also a great way to control portion sizes and stick to a healthy eating plan.
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