Is a salad the same thing as a Bowl? Or is A Bowl hot food? Or broth-y food? I’m pretty sure it’s not soup.
I’m not talking about the kind of bowl that you serve something in. I’m referring to the new fast-casual food trend called “The Bowl” that’s totally having a moment. Bowls are making the rounds at casual restaurants everywhere, led by Panera, Chipotle, and my personal new fast-casual fave – Flower Child, here in Scottsdale. I’m not really sure if there are specific rules about how to make a Bowl (i.e. hot or cold, soupy or saucy or not), but they all seem to have certain elements in common – a whole grain base, lots of vegetables, and a protein on top. Zhuzh it up with sauce, broth, dressing, serve some of it sauted, some of it cold, all of it hot…
I totally love the idea of bowls, and I guess I was ahead of the curve – or maybe they all got the idea here???? I’ve been making Warm Lentil Salad Bowls, Miso Tofu Noodle Bowls, and Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Salad Bowls FOREVER ’cause everything tastes better out of a bowl. Don’t you think? All the easier to stir it all up.
Today it’s Mediterranean Bowls. Let’s start with Farro, all chewy and nutty. Add some greens, and reds (radicchio), chop some crispy cucumbers and salty olives, spoon up some roasted cherry tomatoes with garlic and herbs, and then top it with hummus and a sprinkle of feta cheese if you like. Oh – I almost forgot the roasted red pepper sauce. Hello. Beautiful.
Yes, the Bowl is beautiful, but you will be too once you eat it 🙂
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- 1 7 oz jar roasted piquillo peppers drained well
- 1 small shallot
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup water as needed
- salt and pepper to taste
For each bowl:
- 1/2 -3/4 cup cooked farro prepared according to package directions
- 1 cup packed baby greens
- 1/2 cup chopped arugula
- 1/2 cup chopped seedless cucumber
- 1/2 cup roasted cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chopped pitted Nicoise olives
- 3 tablespoons prepared hummus
- 2 tablespoons feta optional
- To make the sauce/dressing, combine all ingredients except for water, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Add water as desired to thin out to the desired consistency. It can be thick like a sauce, or thinner like a salad dressing.
- Taste and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- For each bowl, layer ingredients in a large individual serving bowl, or on a plate.
- Drizzle roasted red pepper sauce over the ingredients.
- Serve immediately.
- Store extra red pepper sauce in a covered jar in the refrigerator.
Do any of your favorite restaurants serve bowls? What’s your favorite? Hot or cold?