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I absolutely love rice bowls—they’re such an easy, healthy dinner idea! This shrimp rice bowl is made with brown rice, fresh spinach, shrimp that’s sautéed on the stovetop, and a fresh vegan green goddess dressing. Nourishing and quick to make, this rice bowl is a perfect blend of flavours, and an easy, filling meal.

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If you’re looking for an easy dinner idea that is fresh, healthy, and oh-so-delicious, you’ve come to the right place! This is easily one of my favourite recipes I’ve created as of late.

This seafood rice bowl is made with the creamiest green goddess sauce, made with avocado instead of mayonnaise and sour cream. The avocado adds an extra boost of healthy fats and dietary fibre, plus it makes the sauce even more green than the original version ;).

This green goddess rice bowl is paired with shrimp, but can easily be made vegan by swapping with another protein. OR, you could pair it with another animal protein, like salmon or chicken instead.

The recipe is also gluten-free to suit a variety of dietary needs. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Want more healthy meals with shrimp? Be sure to check out my roundup of easy shrimp recipe ideas! You may love these sautéed smoked paprika shrimp, these sautéed turmeric shrimp, or these sautéed honey mustard shrimp!

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What Is Green Goddess Dressing?

Green goddess is a popular salad dressing that is rich, creamy, and – you guessed it – green!

Typically, green goddess dressing is made with some variation of mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, chives, anchovies, tarragon, lemon juice, and pepper.

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing With Avocado

We’re making the original green goddess dressing even MORE green and adding some healthy swaps!

Instead of mayonnaise and sour cream, this recipe uses avocado to get the same creaminess, with way more nutrition. I’ve also left out the anchovies to make this dressing completely plant-based.

I promise, it still tastes SO delicious, super fresh, and incredibly satisfying.

PS. if you want to try this dressing in other ways, feel free to check out it’s stand-alone recipe post!

vegan avocado green goddess dressing in a food processor
saucepan with rice mixed with green goddess sauce and spinach

Ingredients Needed & Possible Modifications

This green goddess and shrimp rice bowl recipe is made with just TEN simple, healthy ingredients:

  1. Brown rice – however, feel free to swap the brown rice in this recipe for another grain. This bowl would taste great with quinoa or farro, too!
  2. Shrimp – or, you can try pairing the green goddess rice with another protein. For instance, you can enjoy the rice as a side dish to some baked or crispy salmon, or some baked chicken. For a vegan option, swap the shrimp for a plant-based protein like tofu or tempeh. Remember – unlike regular green goddess dressing, this dressing is entirely plant-based!
  3. Olive oil
  4. Baby spinach – but you could likely do this with baby kale or baby arugula, if preferred!
  5. Avocado
  6. Parsley
  7. Chives
  8. Garlic
  9. Lemon
  10. Apple cider vinegar

Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

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How To Store & Reheat

The leftovers of this recipe will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. It easily reheats on the stovetop (just be sure to stir continuously while it heats). Or, pop it in the microwave!

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Avocado Nutrition Benefits

Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that make this rice bowl super creamy!

They’re also an excellent source of dietary fibre, with one avocado providing 40% of your daily fibre needs.

In terms of micronutrients, avocados are a good source of:

  • vitamin C
  • vitamin B6
  • vitamin E
  • vitamin K
  • folate
  • magnesium
  • potassium

Brown Rice Nutrition Benefits

Brown rice is a whole grain with an excellent nutrition profile! It’s a great source of dietary fibre, with 1 cup providing 3.5 grams (about 14% of your daily needs).

It’s also an excellent source of micronutrients, such as:

  • manganese
  • selenium
  • magnesium
  • phosphorus
  • copper
  • zinc
  • iron
  • B-vitamins, like thiamin, niacin, B6, and pantothenic acid

Shrimp Nutrition Benefits

This shellfish is an excellent source of protein. A standard 3-ounce or 85-gram serving provides 18 grams of high-quality, complete protein!

In addition, shrimp is also a source of micronutrients like:

  • selenium
  • vitamin B12
  • iron
  • phosphorus
  • niacin
  • zinc
  • magnesium
  • iron

Shrimp is even a good source of omega-3 fatty acids!

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More seafood rice bowl recipes:

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Get the Recipe: Healthy Green Goddess Shrimp & Rice Bowl

This shrimp rice bowl is made with brown rice, fresh spinach, shrimp that’s sautéed on the stovetop, and a fresh vegan green goddess dressing. Nourishing and quick to make, this rice bowl is a perfect blend of flavours, and an easy, filling meal!
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Ingredients

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 cup parsley, packed
  • 1/2 cup chives
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Salt + pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Cook brown rice by rinsing rice in a sieve and transferring to a large pot. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and let cook for about 25 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat and let steam for 10 minutes.
  • While the rice cooks, prepare the green goddess dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, adjusting seasonings as desired.
  • Next, pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and toss in olive oil. Heat a pan to med-high and cook shrimp 2 mins each side. To ensure adequate space between each shrimp, you will likely have to do this in batches. Set cooked shrimp aside in a clean bowl.
  • When the rice is ready, fold in baby spinach and stir in green goddess dressing until well-combined.
  • Serve green goddess rice mixture and top with shrimp. Enjoy!

Notes

*LEFTOVERS: can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat on the stovetop (stirring frequently) or in the microwave.
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS:
  • Feel free to swap the brown rice in this recipe for another grain. This bowl would taste great with quinoa or farro, too!
  • You can also try pairing the green goddess rice with another protein. Enjoy it as a side dish to some baked or crispy salmon, or some baked chicken.
  • Instead of spinach, you could likely do this with baby kale or baby arugula, if preferred!
  • For a vegan option, swap the shrimp for a plant-based protein like tofu. Remember – unlike regular green goddess dressing, this one is entirely plant-based!

Nutrition

As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.

Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.

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