Greek Turkey Rice Bowls are a healthy and filling rice bowl inspired by Greek flavors! This greek bowl recipe is great for meal prepping and eating clean all week long, and full of fresh and clean ingredients.
It’s been awhile since I’ve cooked with Greek flavors and I have missed them so much! Usually I make my Falafel Quinoa Bowls, but I was craving something a bit more meaty, which is how these Greek Turkey Rice Bowls were born! I love rice bowls and adding ground turkey adds lean protein. These healthy bowls are full of Greek and Mediterranean flavors and is an easy dinner recipe that will be a regular on your meal rotation!
So Many Reasons to Love Greek Turkey Rice Bowls
I love Greek rice bowls for so many reasons. For one, they are easy meals that can be customized for every palate. People just add the ingredients that they want, and everyone has their own bowl.
Second, they’re great for kids! My kids LOVE rice and I usually make sure there’s at least one other component they’ll definitely eat, and then it’s a great opportunity to introduce new foods to them.
Last, rice bowls are perfect for meal prep. I tend to make extras of all of the ingredients so, in addition to being one dinner for all of us, it can be a couple of lunches, too!
Components of Greek Turkey Rice Bowls
First in this turkey rice bowl recipe, there’s the Greek ground turkey. It’s a combination of ground turkey, onion, oregano, basil, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes and it has SO much flavor!
Next, there’s a tomato salad. The tomato salad is made with cherry tomatoes, red onion, red wine vinegar, olive oil, fresh garlic, and fresh parsley. This combination is so fresh and full of flavor!
Of course the bowls need a rice base. I came up with lemon parsley rice, which is kind of like cilantro lime rice in a burrito bowl, just with Greek flavors. You can use white rice or brown rice for the lemon rice, or really whatever your favorite grain is, depending on your preference. Other grain ideas would be quinoa, couscous, barley, farro, and wheat berries!
Last, every rice bowl needs sauce! It’s all about the sauce in my book, and this Greek rice bowl is topped with a homemade tzatziki sauce. This tzatziki is made with plain Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, cucumber, and garlic. SO good!
Other toppings are kalamata olives and sliced cucumbers (I love using English cucumber!) which add flavor and some crunch!
Greek Bowl Recipe Variations
This great recipe is delicious as written, but it is also very flexible!
Add cheese. A sprinkle of feta cheese on top would add some creaminess and tang to the Greek bowl.
Add lettuce. Some chopped romaine lettuce in place of or in addition to the rice would add some nutrients and more crunch to this rice bowl recipe.
Add more vegetables. Chopped bell peppers in the tomato salad would add some great flavor and crunch!
Greek Bowl Recipe Meal Prep
This rice bowl recipe is perfect for meal prepping. This recipe will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. I like to prepare all of the fresh ingredients at the start of the week so I have them in the refrigerator and ready for easy lunch and dinners.
Prepare the Greek ground turkey and the rice and store in the refrigerator. I like to put individual servings of the turkey and rice together in medium glass Tupperware containers, so I can microwave them together easily. Make the tomato cucumber salad and tzatziki and store those in separate containers so you can add them after the turkey and rice have been warmed up.
Greek Turkey Rice Bowls FAQ’s
Can I substitute a different meat? Yes. I think ground chicken, chicken breasts, and chicken thighs would work really well in this recipe. To use chicken breasts or thighs, simply dice them and cook them over medium high heat with some olive oil and the onion until cooked through, about 7-10 minutes, and then add the spices as noted in the instructions. This is also a great idea for leftover grilled chicken!
Can I use store-bought tzatziki? Definitely. If you want to save yourself a step, use a refrigerated tzatziki from the store.
Can I prep the components ahead of time? Yes. You can make pretty much all of it ahead of time! Simply store the rice, tomato salad, tzatziki, and turkey in different containers so you can reheat the rice and turkey and then assemble with the rest of the components.
Would hummus be good on these bowls? Absolutely! Hummus would be a delicious addition to these Greek rice bowls instead of or in addition to the tzatziki. Pita chips would also be a delicious addition.
Can cauliflower rice be used? I haven’t done this but I think it would work really well. Simply cook your cauliflower rice as you typically would or according to package directions, and then add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and parsley!
Helpful Tools for Making Greek Turkey Rice Bowls
Meat Chopper – I love using a meat chopper when cooking any ground meat. It makes it a lot easier!
Olive Pitter – if you buy olives with pits, this tool is essential!
Rice Cooker or Instant Pot – I have both of these and always make my rice in either one. Having a rice cooker is nice because if the Instant Pot is already in use, I have it as a backup.