Brown Rice Bowl with Avocado, Pickled Red Onions, and Lemon-Tahini Dressing

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Brown Rice Bowl with Avocado, Pickled Red Onions, and Lemon-Tahini Dressing
Brown Rice Bowl with Avocado, Pickled Red Onions, and Lemon-Tahini Dressing
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  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cup red wine vinegar
  • salt
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 2¼ cups water, divided
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados, thinly sliced
  • 1 ear corn, kernels removed (optional)
  • ½ cup tamari or roasted almonds
  • ½ cup cabbage kimchi, or more as desired
  • 1 strip nori, quickly held over a flame, then cut into thin strips
  • ½ cup picked cilantro, for garnish
  • Black or white sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Place onion in a shallow bowl and cover with red wine vinegar, until most of the onion is submerged. Stir in a generous pinch of salt (about 1 teaspoon); cover and place in the refrigerator.
  2. Fill a pot with the brown rice, 2 cups water and a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until most of the water is absorbed and rice is al dente, about 30 minutes.
  3. While the rice is cooking, prepare the dressing. Whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and ¼ cup water in a mixing bowl until it is fully combined. Add salt to taste.
  4. Divide the rice between 4 bowls; arrange the avocado, corn, almonds, kimchi, pickled onions, and nori on top of the rice. Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds, and serve with dressing.
Mealthy tip:

Quick-pickled red onions are a great fridge staple as they only need about 15 minutes to prepare and will last about a week. Make these the night before or right when you start cooking. To save time, you can grate the garlic with a Microplane instead of mincing it.


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September 08, 2017 at 11:32pm

Tiana D. says:

I learned a lot from cooking this recipe. I had no idea you cook quick-pickle veggies so fast. Delicious dish, I will definitely make again.

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September 03, 2017 at 7:57pm

Caro Hodgin says:

Such a great easy weekday lunch or dinner. I actually made this for dinner, then packed the leftovers with some leftover chicken from the night before for lunch the next day. This is a great formula for making grain bowls from ingredients you might have laying around your fridge. And the pickled red onions are addictive!