Paleo Winter Bowl

This paleo winter bowl is made with broccoli, tender sweet potato, and crisp red cabbage for a crunchy, nourishing paleo bowl that’s both delicious and satisfying. Serve as a side dish for your family dinner, a light vegetarian lunch, or add your protein of choice for a complete, healthy dinner. 

Top view of winter paleo bowls with dressing

Winter Bowl

Cold weather doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your vegetables or a nice salad! This sweet potato broccoli bowl uses in-season vegetables for a healthy, clean-eating dish. Topped with this delicious creamy vegan almond and honey dressing, these paleo bowls are delicious enough that you won’t even feel like you’re “dieting.”

Another super healthy one-bowl meal you’ll love is my Glory Bowl recipe.

Paleo bowl ingredients including cabbage, sweeet potato, broccoli, and almonds

Why You’ll Love These Paleo Bowls

  • Healthy – Paleo compliant and chock full of vegetables, this is a guilt-free dish whether you serve it as a side or its own main course.
  • Easy – Prepare and toss together, that’s it! This broccoli bowl doesn’t require any complicated steps or ingredients.
  • In Season – You can find the ingredients for paleo bowls year-round, which is ideal during the winter months when finding fresh produce can be problematic!

How to Make This Paleo Bowl

Roast Sweet Potatoes

Preheat your oven to 400F. Toss the cubed sweet potatoes in olive and salt. Roast on a prepared baking sheet for 20-25 minutes until tender and brown on the edges.

Prepare Broccoli and Cabbage

Blanch or steam the broccoli florets until bright green and tender-crisp. Plunge into an ice-water bath to stop the cooking process. This will keep the sweet potato broccoli bowl crisp and crunchy instead of mushy.

Shred your cabbage using your preferred method and set aside in a large serving bowl (you will combine the remaining ingredients in this bowl).

TBK’s Pro Tip: I highly recommend shredding the red cabbage with a mandolin. It’s a little extra work, but the finer strands of cabbage make for a slightly more refined eating experience that is totally worth it.

Top view of a winter bowl with no dressing

Make Dressing

Combine almonds, oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, and salt and blend in a miniature blender or food processor until creamy and emulsified. Set aside.

You can also skip this step and use your favorite store-bought dressing if you prefer!

Assemble Sweet Potato Broccoli Bowl

Add sweet potatoes, broccoli, and almond slivers to the shredded cabbage bowl.

You can toss everything together with the dressing, or dish into bowls to dress according to taste.

Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Top view of a sweet potato broccoli bowl with dressing

Broccoli Bowl Frequently Asked Questions

What makes this bowl qualify as paleo?

A paleo diet is grain and dairy free. Many winter bowls include quinoa, and there’s some debate about whether or not quinoa qualifies as a grain. However, this paleo bowl omits quinoa and includes no dairy in the dressing, guaranteeing that it falls within paleo guidelines.

What other vegetables are in season during the winter?

You can add or subtract pretty much any ingredient in this broccoli bowl recipe to suit your tastes. Other in-season vegetables to add to your winter bowl could include kale, Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, and radishes.

Which proteins do you suggest adding to this bowl to make it a full meal?

To keep it vegetarian, you could prepare tofu in your preferred way and add it to this recipe. A grilled or baked chicken breast would also pair well. Simply cook, slice, and toss with the rest of the ingredients to turn this bowl into a heartier meal.

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This paleo winter bowl recipe has roasted sweet potato, broccoli, finely shredded red cabbage, pulled together with a creamy vegan almond and honey dressing. Serve as a side dish or add some chicken or tofu for a healthy lunch or dinner.
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Paleo Winter Bowl

This paleo winter bowl is made with broccoli, tender sweet potato, and crisp red cabbage for a crunchy, nourishing paleo bowl that's both delicious and satisfying. Serve as a side dish for your family dinner, a light vegetarian lunch, or add your protein of choice for a complete, healthy dinner. 
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy dinner, paleo, salad bowls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 287kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 head broccoli florets around 3 cups
  • ½ small red cabbage shredded (around 4-6 cups)
  • 2 sweet potatoes diced into ⅓ inch cubes (around 2 cups)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • cup olive oil
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • cup flaked almonds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Toss cubed sweet potatoes in olive oil and salt.
  • Roast sweet potatoes for 20-25 minutes until soft and caramelized on the edges.
  • While potatoes cook, blanch or steam broccoli florets until bright green and crisp-tender, and then plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Place shredded cabbage in a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine almonds, oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, and salt and blend in a miniature blender or food processor until creamy and emulsified.
  • Top cabbage with broccoli, sweet potato, flaked almonds, and creamy dressing.
  • Serve immediately, eat, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 10227IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg
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10 comments on “Paleo Winter Bowl”

  1. This looks yummy! Perfect for my new start for the New Year!

  2. Sooooo good!  Light, but filling- will be trying this!

  3. This is one scrumptious salad that i’d like to try.

  4. This looks like a recipe I need to try!

  5. I love how colourful this bowl is and the dressing sounds fabulous!

  6. This looks delicious! We are always looking for new recipes for my granddaughter. She is learning to cook also so this will be great! Thanks!

  7. Can I have this warm? I keep thinking this would be wonderful with softening the red cabbage in a stir fry and having all this warm with the cream sauce on top 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious! I make this often to take places and it is always a hit. I am trying to find something to replace the almonds with as I cannot have nuts anymore. I was going to try sunflower seeds. Any suggestions? 

    • I’d say give sunflower seeds a chance first, they go with most nut butter based sauces 🙂 So glad you like the recipe!
      Another option could even be sesame seeds (tahini).

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