Rainbowl Salmon Grain Bowl
We’re on a bit of a happy, healthy high after spending this past weekend cruising through ExpoWest, aka the biggest trade show for natural food and drink on the West Coast (maybe the U.S. but we’re a little wiped out to research that claim right now). And while “natural” at Expo West can have different meanings, the general vibe is that all the products there, from herbal supplements to gluten-free frozen pizza, support our health in some way.

We are definitely down with healthy lifestyles, and one of the easiest ways to maintain that without having to think about it too much is from your own kitchen: just eat all the colors of rainbow every day. We’re not talking about skittles and starburst here (though we will maintain that sometimes, a pink starburst or two is necessary for mental health). We’re talking about fruits, vegetables, and “colorful” sources of protein and other vital nutrients to nourish your body.

Grain bowls are perfect for filling up on the rainbow because they’re based on whole grains (or even greens if you’re avoiding grains) and are filled with any and all types of vegetables, whether fresh, pickled, fermented, stir fried, or roasted. Our RainBowls (get it?! grain bowl – grainbowl – rainbowl) are grain bowls that have every color of the Roy G Biv rainbow, including green in the rice in the form of anti-oxidant rich kale and parsley Green Goddess pesto, and orange and yellow in the form of pan-roasted salmon and eggs, both rich in omega-3s (good fat) and proteins. This is the kind of recipe you either make at the beginning of the week and eat yourself all week (hello meal planning and prep!) or make for one meal to share with friends.

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Full, detailed recipe for our RainBowls™ below. Ingredient brands, shopping resources, and TasteSpotting Test Kitchen notes after.

Need a little inspiration to get you started on some of your own rainbow filled grain bowl? Scroll down and peep the round-up of some of our favorite recipes from the community!


makes 4 bowls


Ingredients for Simple Pan-Roasted Salmon:
4 4- to 6-ounce salmon fillets
kosher salt and pepper
grapeseed or other neutral oil for cooking
juice from half a lemon

Ingredients for RainBowls:
2 cups steamed brown rice or cauliflower rice (recipe link below}
½ cup Green Goddess Pesto for rice {recipe link below}
vinegar pickled carrot ribbons and sliced radish {recipe link below}
4 soft boiled eggs, sliced in half length-wise {how-to link below}
1 large avocado, sliced
1 Persian or small seedless cucumber, sliced into half-moons
8 stalks roasted broccolini
1 cup roasted purple sweet potatoes, large dice
½ cup hot sauce
chopped fresh herbs like parsley and dill
salt and pepper
serve with: lemon vinaigrette and additional hot sauce


Pan-Roast the Salmon: Season salmon with salt and pepper, using a very generous hand with the salt on the skin side.

Heat about 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot (flick a few drops of water into the pan from a distance so you don’t burn yourself; if the water sizzles energetically, the pan is ready). Place salmon fillets skin side down in the pan. Cook 3 minutes, flip the salmon (the skin might stick to the pan, that’s ok) and cook for 3 more minutes on the other side. Remove salmon from pan to a plate. Squeeze lemon juice over the fillets, and allow the salmon to cool.

Assemble RainBowls: While the salmon is pan-roasting, gently stir pesto into cooked rice, starting with ¼ cup of the pesto, and adding more to taste. The rice should taste a little saltier and more seasoned than you are comfortable with, since there isn’t a lot of other sauce for the bowl.

In each bowl, spoon ½ cup of pesto rice. Place a cooked salmon fillet next to or on top of rice. Arrange the pickled carrot ribbons, radish slices, 2 soft boiled egg halves, slices from a quarter of the avocado, a quarter of the sliced cucumber, 2 staclks roasted broccolini, and ¼ cup of roasted sweet purple sweet potatoes. Add a dollop of hot sauce to a small corner of the salmon, garnish the entire bowl with fresh chopped herbs.

Serve with additional Green Goddess Pesto and lemon vinaigrette alongside.


  1. Salmon wild, previously frozen, from Santa Monica Seafood. $17.99 per pound
  2. On salmon serving sizes: I generally allot 8 oz (half a pound) of salmon as a single serving of fish per person. Eight ounces is actually quite a large serving for one person, and most people will not eat that much because of all the other delicious little things in the bowl. However, leftover cooked salmon will keep for about three days in the refrigerator, or frozen for a few weeks, and is great for adding to your lunch and dinner grain bowls, and also makes for great omega-3 fortified fish tacos.
  3. Cooking oil: I use this grapeseed oil for cooking because grapeseed oil has a high smoke point and is relatively neutral (as opposed to, e.g. olive oil, which is very fragrant).
  4. Rice: For our rice-based grain bowls, we use organic Kokuho Rose brown rice from Koda Farms in California, soaking the rice in clean filtered water with a splash of apple cider vinegar for 24+ hours, then steaming in a regular Japanese rice cooker. If you are easing up on grains, try cauliflower rice, which is cauliflower chopped into rice-sized pieces. Don’t let anyone tell you it tastes just like rice; it doesn’t even come close. But at least you get the idea. If you’re unsure about making cauliflower rice at home, you can buy minced cauliflower in bags in some grocery stores. Trader Joe’s has it.
  5. Green Goddess Pesto recipe here
  6. Vinegar Pickled Carrots: this Vietnamese-based recipe makes a slightly sweeter pickled carrot. This recipe from the Sqirl restaurant cookbook makes the carrots sharp and spicy.
  7. Eggs are omega 3-fortified cage free eggs from Whole Foods. How to boil soft-boiled eggs here.
  8. Avocados from JJ’s Lone Daughter Ranch in southern California, available at Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Hollywood Farmers’ Market on Sundays.
  9. All other fresh herbs and produce from either the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, or Whole Foods Market when I can’t find it at the farmers’ market.
  10. Hot Sauce: Use any hot sauce you like. In our kitchen, we usually like Sriracha or a thinned out version on Korean hot pepper sauce, gohchujang. Stir 2 parts gohchujang with 1 part each maple syrup and rice vinegar. Taste and adjust sweet (maple syrup) and sour (rice vinegar).
  11. Speaking of wine, this rosé and this rosé are currently our fav fav fav, both made in California! This rosé is good, too, but I feel cheap and basic mentioning it because even though it is French, you can buy it at Costco. Then again, you can buy it at Costco, so hell yeah, go crazy. Also, whom am I kidding with this whole paragraph anyway? Every rosé tastes deeericious.


by Sarah J. Gim on March 14, 2017 · 0 comments


Remember those promises we made to ourselves three months ago at the New Year? Go to bed early. Work out more. Eat better.

Ok, so we failed early and hard on those first two — unless by “more” you meant more than, say, once a month — but “eat better” has been pretty easy because we’ve been making recipes like this Slow-Roasted Salmon Cobb. [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on March 7, 2017 · 0 comments

A Dozen Delicious Ways to Celebrate Bananas, Cream, and their Perfect Marriage, Pie

  • Banana Creme Brulee Pie
  • Banana Cream Pie with Salty Bourbon Caramel and Peanut Shortbread Crust
  • Banana Cream Pie with Whole Grain Chocolate Crust Recipe
  • Banana Cream Pie with Chocolate Peanut Butter Recipe
  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Banana Cream Pie Tartine Recipe
  • Oreo Banana Cream Pie
  • Banana Cream Pie Smoothie Bowl with Maple Cinnamon Granola Recipe
  • Toasted Coconut Banana Cream Pie Recipe
  • Banana Cream Pie
  • No Bake Banana Cream Pie Recipe
  • Banana Cream Pie and Cheesecake Recipe

We couldn’t introduce the March Food Calendar without launching right into a celebration of some sort, so we’re picking our top 12 Banana Cream Pie recipes from TasteSpotting to celebrate, what else? National Banana Cream Pie Day. Some of them are straight up recipes for classic Banana Cream Pie with custard and whipped cream, some of them are Banana Cream Pies with a twist, and just a couple of cool recipes that aren’t even pie, but take all their inspiration from the fluffy dessert. [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on March 2, 2017 · 0 comments


celery stalks
If you think about it, almost every holiday we know somehow incorporates food — from the very obvious dinner that is the Thanksgiving holiday (Thursday November 23 this year), to the breakfast-in-bed and brunches that start every Mother’s Day holiday (Sunday May 14 this year), to, say, really stretching here, croissants and Champagne for Bastille Day holiday (July 14).

With these regular holidays on our calendars almost every month, sometimes two a month, we think you don’t need more excuses to bust out with special, celebratory food. But the fact is, there is indeed at least one, probably two, and sometimes three, food-only holidays every single day of the year to celebrate any given food. Today? White Chocolate Cheesecake Day (March 6). Tomorrow? Cereal Day (March 7).

And if there is a food you have special feelings for, if you search this Food Holiday Calendar, there is probably a day, maybe even a week, and in some very special cases, the entire month, somewhere on the calendar to celebrate it. Artichoke Hearts? All artichoke hearts, all day next Thursday, March 16.

We are taking a particular interest in this being National Nutrition Month. March is also, oxymoronically Frozen Food Month Not that we’re saying frozen food’s moronic…(more on that later).

{ click to cook and eat the calendar…}

by Sarah J. Gim on March 1, 2017 · 0 comments


pancake breakfast tacos
It’s Mardi Gras. Or Carnival. Or Shrove Tuesday.

Whatever you choose to call the last hurrah before we hunker down for a bit before the spring and Easter celebrations is fine with us, but we’re food people so obviously, we’re going with Pancake Day. (Fat Tuesday works here, too, but hey, let’s not get too personal.)

It happens that Pancake Day happens on Taco Tuesday every year. Pancakes for breakfast. Breakfast tacos. HOW DID WE MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY EVERY YEAR OUR ENTIRE LIVES UNTIL TODAY?! We don’t know either, but now we do know.

Full, detailed recipe for our Pancake Breakfast Tacos below. Ingredient brands, shopping resources, and TasteSpotting Test Kitchen notes after. [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on February 28, 2017 · 0 comments


sushi doughnuts with salmon tuna avocado and cucumber

Sushi purists, look away.

Sushi Doughnuts — or “donuts,” if you’re into that sort of spelling — are a THING, and we’re not talking about sushi-shaped sweet confections on regular doughnuts. We are talking about actual sushi, made with sushi rice, vegetables, and fish. [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on February 21, 2017 · 1 comment

Short Rib Tacos in Lettuce Cups
As if you needed an incentive to make double or triple batch of those Ginger Soy Braised Short Ribs, let alone, incentive just to make them in the first place, here is probably the best thing you can do with braised short ribs leftovers save for re-heating the short ribs as is and eating them the exact same way for the second night in a row.

Pulled short rib tacos in lettuce cups. [click to continue…]

by Sarah J. Gim on February 16, 2017 · 0 comments