apple cheddar grain bowl

4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6



  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil


  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 4 cups wild rice or farro, cooked
  • 4 cups chopped kale, stems removed
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, diced
  • 1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup pecans roasted + chopped


  • For the dressing: Combine ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons Dijon, ½ cup yogurt, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl or mason jar. Add ½ cup oil and whisk or shake until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper.
  • For the bowl: Season 2 sliced avocados with salt and pepper.
  • Divide ingredients evenly among 4 bowls. Start with the 4 cups cooked rice followed by 4 cups chopped kale, 4 cups shredded chicken, 2 diced apples, and seasoned avocado slices. Drizzle with balsamic dressing and top with 1 cup cubed cheddar and 1 cup chopped pecans.


  • Serve with a slice of good, crusty bread to complete this meal.


  • Protein: Swap shredded chicken for sliced chicken sausage.
  • Vegetarian: Remove the chicken from the recipe and add cooked, diced sweet potatoes.
  • Gluten-Free: Use wild rice instead of farro.
  • Vegan/Dairy-Free: Remove yogurt from the dressing. It will be a bit thinner, more like a vinaigrette. Remove cheddar from the bowls.


  • Chop the kale, cook the rice, make dressing and store in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Shred chicken and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 1150kcal | Carbohydrates: 125g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 30g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 1254mg | Fiber: 30g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 4861IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 343mg | Iron: 6mg