This Vegan Poke Bowl with crispy tofu and creamy Tahini Sauce is a simple recipe that’s healthy, gluten-free, customizable and so delicious! Add your favorite variety of rice or even noodles, colorful crunchy vegetables, and tofu, edamame beans or chickpeas for plant-based protein, you’ll have the perfect satisfying rainbow bowl for lunch or dinner!
*Tip: I like to prep some rice, carrot lox, tahini sauce, and crispy tofu at the beginning of the week to make poke bowl variations throughout the week for a quick lunch!
Add the rice, and water to a pot (or rice cooker) and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat and allow to steam for 10 minutes with the lid on. Add the salt, fluff with a fork, and set aside.
Dice the cucumber, shred the cabbage with a Mandoline, and slice the radishes and green onions. If you don’t have carrot lox on hand, cut 2 large carrots into ribbons, using a vegetable peeler or julienne. Also, thaw the edamame as per package instructions and dice the avocado.
Blend all ingredients for the tahini sauce in a blender until smooth. Add water to your desired consistency. (Alternatively, serve your poke bowl with peanut sauce).
Assemble the poke bowl:
Divide the rice between 4 bowls. Then assemble all prepared veggies, and crispy tofu onto the rice as shown in the step-by-step photos above.
Top with avocado, sesame seeds, jalapeños, and herbs as desired. Serve with tahini sauce and lemon or lime wedges on the side.
Rice: You can use any type of rice such as white, brown, short-grain sushi rice. For variation use rice or glass noodles or even quinoa and cook according to the package instruction.
Veggies: Feel free to swap out the veggies to your liking (see blog post for suggestions and tips).
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Just be sure to store the sauce separately.
Leftover tahini sauce can be stored longer in the refrigerator - for up to 5-6 days. It will thicken in the fridge, but you can add a bit of water to thin before serving.
Please read my blog post for further information and tips on this recipe!