Vegan Grain Bowl with Dragon Sauce

If you’re ever frequented a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, you’ve likely encountered a myriad of grain bowls. They typically follow a similar formula: grains, veggies, plant-based protein, a few accents, all drizzled with a sauce of some kind. Deeeelish!

Vegan Grain Bowl Last year around this time, my mom and I took a mini-vacation to Montreal for the weekend. I remember two things in vivid detail: the bone-chilling weather and Aux Vivre’s Dragon Bowl. I was giddy when I discovered that they sold their sauce for take away; I rationed that tiny jar for months!

I used to dream about that sauce, but no longer! After browsing the inter web, studying the ingredients listed on the jar, and consulting my taste buds I think I came up with a sauce that rivals the original.

Dragon Sauce- hello, veggy! The process of creating a grain bowl is easy, I assure you. Start with a base of your favourite grain (rice, quinoa, millet etc.), add some veggies (I like shredded carrot and beet, and steamed greens), layer on a plant-based protein (tofu, tempeh, beans, or lentils all do the trick), accent with some avocado or sprouts if handy, and drizzle with a delectable sauce. Here is an easy visual step-by-step guide:

Vegan Grain Bowl How-to: hello, veggy! Dragon Sauce

by Suzanne (inspired by Aux Vivres- Montreal)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: blender food processor entree sauce ginger tahini nutritional yeast


Ingredients (Approx. 1 c.)

  • 1/4 c. nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. tamari
  • 1/4 tsp. tumeric
  • 2 tbsp. tahini
  • 1/2 tbsp. white miso
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled


Add ingredients to food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

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As you can see the sauce is packed with a ton of awesome ingredients. If this particular sauce doesn’t tickle your fancy (or induces anaphylaxis), check out some of these amazing alternatives:

Cashew Cheeze Sauce by the veggie nook

Liquid Gold Dressing by Farmer’s Market Vegan

Anti-inflammatory Tumeric Tahini Dressing by Choosing Raw

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing by Oh She Glows

Fresh Restaurant’s Beach Sauce by Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

Question of the Day: What makes up your ideal vegan grain bowl?

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About Suzanne Poldon

runs on plants. eats out of mason jars. bends like a straw.

27. January 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
Categories: Food, Recipe, Vegan | 30 comments

Comments (30)

  1. Thanks so much for including my Liquid Gold Dressing on the list, Suzanne! Keep up the great work.
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  2. I love meals all in one bowl!!!! These are the ultimate fast food! I do have to say, they taste the best when eaten out of colorful bowls :) I’m not sure if I could handle all the joy I would get if I topped it with “dragon dressing” too ;) You ma’am are the queen of making food fun!

  3. LOVE this post! Grain bowls are seriously one of my favourite meals to make at home/order at vegan restaurants. And this dragon sauce looks fantastic. I can’t wait to try it out!

    PS. Thanks for linking up to my post! That’s my old blog though – so here’s the link to the site on my new blog: :)
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  4. Ah you and Gabby posting about my favourite resto in Montreal!!! Seriously, Aux Vivres puts Fresh to shame!
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  5. Yum! I will be making that dressing asap. As a restaurant called the Naam there is this macrobiotic bowl that comes with peanut sauce and naam (vegan) gravy! It is amazing.
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  6. Yum! I love bowl meals :) It’s definitely all in the sauce. I love a good tahini dresssing or I have a curried date and almond sauce I also love which is great with lentils, brown rice, sweet potato and greens. Now I’m hungry!
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  7. This sounds so delicious .. I love using tahini as a base to my sauces all.the.time. I’m obsessed. And all of these ingredients together are just a natural combination so thanks for the inspiration. I’ll probably make something verrry similar tonight :)
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  8. Awesome! That looks so healthy and filling :)

  9. Love the Aux Vivres love. Oddly enough, I just gushed about my experiences there, too… I have shared a few knock-off recipes over the years but this time it was the coconut bacon.
    janet @ the taste space recently posted…Vegan Cheesy Chickpea Dip with Coconut BaconMy Profile

  10. Wow! I’m going to try every single one of these sauces! Thanks for your dragon sauce and the delicious links!
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  11. We were clear on a very similar wavelength girl, and I LOVE it :)
    Gabby @ the veggie nook recently posted…warm sweet potato and quinoa salad for alter eco and california olive ranch (and a giveaway!)My Profile

  12. Aux Vivres – oh that place is amazeballs. I managed to get out to Montreal once (but in July haha ;p) and it is magical there. So many vegan places to eat. That was my favourite though.
    This bowl looks super delicious Suzanne!
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  13. So many bowls, so little time! My favorite bowl of all time is from Oh She Glows, the Lightened up Protein Power Goddess Bowl. Wow is it good and the dressing is amazing!

    I really like the sounds of your dressing, the ingredients look like they’d make a really great flavorful dressing.
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