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Greek Brown Rice Bowls

These Greek brown rice bowls are filled with everything you love about a gyro and a Greek salad combined, flavorful lamb, pickled red onions, cucumbers and of course, feta!

This week is all about bowl meals.

Fact: when your whole meal fits into one cozy little bowl, it just tastes better.

We had strawberry coconut polenta breakfast bowls yesterday and today, we’re doing Greek brown rice bowls.

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These Greek brown rice bowls are filled with everything you love about a gyro and a Greek salad combined, flavorful lamb, pickled red onions, cucumbers and of course, feta!

If a gyro platter and a Greek salad had a (hairy) little Greek baby, this Greek brown rice bowl would be it.

And, if you swap gyro meat or beef in this case for shrimp, you’d get this Greek shrimp skillet – another great one to try!

Gyros are great but tzatziki sauce is messy as heck (and leaves you with garlic breath for a year) and Greek salads are refreshingly tangy and awesome but are definitely missing the protein component to keep you full enough to call it a complete meal.

Enter Greek brown rice bowls.

Greek Brown Rice Bowls are filled with everything you love in a Greek salad and a gyro!

I somehow got off the rice train for about a year.

I’m not really sure how it happened, but my plastic container dedicated to brown rice in the cabinet seemed to sit unused for far too long.

Then, back in October, I started my nutrition plan with Renaissance Periodization and quickly came to realize 1 cup of cooked rice was my new bff to get my post workout carbs in.

Not only do I get a lot more bang for my buck than with potatoes or pasta, U.S.-grown rice (look for the “Grown in the USA Rice” logo on packages to ensure nutrition and help reduce miles your food travels to get to your plate) is easy to cook (white rice literally takes minutes on the stove top) and a nutritional powerhouse.

Get your Greek on with these Greek Brown Rice Bowls, filled with tons of Greek flavor!

I can tell you the Greek husband was quite pleased with this one, gobbling it up in minutes before heading out to work a night shift but don’t worry, Greek genes aren’t required to love this quick, easy and nutritious meal.

Try swapping out the ground beef for beef kafta instead or if you’re feeling takeout vibes, try this simple ground beef stir fry recipe.

Love this Greek Brown Rice Bowls recipe?

Check out this spicy beef and red pepper rice bowl and this tuna sushi bowl for more easy rice bowl meal ideas!

Greek Brown Rice Bowls

Greek Brown Rice Bowls

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Greek brown rice bowls are filled with everything you love about a gyro and a Greek salad combined, flavorful lamb, pickled red onions, cucumbers and of course, feta!


  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1/3 cup distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled and cut into half moons
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • fresh dill for garnish


  1. Place the sliced onions in a small bowl, cover with the vinegar and set aside to quick pickle while you prepare the rest of the meal.
  2. Add rice and water to a small sauce pot. Bring to a boil, stir, then cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer until rice absorbs all the liquid.
  3. While rice cooks, place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Once hot, add the lamb. Cook until browned, breaking into small pieces as it cooks with a spatula. Drain off the excess liquid/fat from the pan, return to the heat and add the oregano, dill, salt and pepper. Toss to combine, remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Assemble by spooning rice into 4 servings bowls. Evenly distribute the lamb, cucumbers, kalamata olives and pickled onions (drained from vinegar) around the bowls. Sprinkle with feta and garnish with fresh dill before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

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Sunday 5th of June 2022

Delicious and healthy, marvelous Greek flavors, and easy to make. I up the vegie content with some fresh spinach and tomatoes, and add a dollop of tzatziki sauce. Great recipe, this is a keeper.

Dana M

Monday 31st of August 2020

This recipe can be made with dried herbs and it's just as flavorful! Sometimes we drizzle trader Joe's tahini, or some cashew "cream cheese". This recipe is so quick and easy. PS we add fresh spinach at the end and it doesnt really change the flavor.


Sunday 8th of September 2019

Hi - could you do this with ground chicken instead? Thanks!

Running to the Kitchen

Sunday 8th of September 2019

Yes, definitely!


Friday 5th of July 2019

I wish I had know about this recipe sooner. It was a big hit and those pickled onions, how have I lived this long and have never made them!?!?


Friday 2nd of November 2018

This was delicious!! Thank you so very much for the recipe. I will definitely make it again.

Running to the Kitchen

Sunday 4th of November 2018

Glad you liked it, one of our favorites too!

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