If you’re a Cava lover, this copycat cava harissa avocado bowl is for you! Packed with nutrient dense ingredients without skimping on the fun! My version contains spicy air-fried salmon bites, focaccia, and the BEST harissa dressing!

a cava harissa avocado bowl.

Why you’ll love these Cava harissa avocado bowls

  • Saves you money! Buying Cava all the time is expensive!
  • Easy to make!
  • Great meal prep.
  • It’s versatile, so you can use what you have on hand.
  • Packed with nutrients, fiber, and protein!

How to make the bowls vegan

Yes! Just swap the salmon for air fried tofu or tempeh!

How to make Cava harissa avocado bowls


  • Salmon: You can sub your favorite protein! Air fried tofu, chicken, or even shrimp would be great!
  • Seasonings: We use a bunch of seasonings to make the blackened salmon bites, but you can use what you have on hand! I used garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne, & oregano
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Harissa paste: I used the one from Trader joes!
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Honey: I prefer manuka honey for the health benefits! Can sub agave or maple syrup
  • Veggies: tomato, cucumber, pickled onion, greens, corn, avocado
  • Rice: Can use white or brown rice or even sub quinoa
  • Pita or focaccia
A harissa avocado bowl with salmon.

Assembling the salad and prepping the components

  • Prepare the rice: Cook your rice according to it’s directions. Once finished, add in the lemon and salt. Set aside.
  • Prepare the salmon: Cut the salmon filet’s into bite sized pieces. Add to a bowl with the seasonings, tossing well. Coat in spray oil or olive oil. Arrange in your air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Prepare the dressing: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Prepare the bowl: Add the rice and greens to the bottom of your bowl. Then top with the veggies, avocado, & pickled onion.
a harissa avocado bowl with blackened air fried salmon bites.

How to meal prep cava harissa avocado bowls

To make these bowls as a meal prep, you’ll want to add the rice to the bottom of your meal prep container, followed by the chopped tomatoes, cucumber, and pickled onion. Then add the greens and top with the salmon. You can rub a little lemon juice on your avocado slices to keep them from browning and add those to the bowl as well. Use a separate container to store the dressing. I love these little guys! They are perfect for work lunches/traving.

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Cava Harissa Avocado Bowls

If you're a Cava lover, this copycat cava harissa avocado bowl is for you! Packed with nutrient dense ingredients without skimping on the fun! My version contains spicy air-fried salmon bites, focaccia, and the BEST harissa dressing!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 1



  • 1 salmon filet
  • 3/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • pinch sea salt & pepper & red pepper


  • 1 serving cooked rice *However much you want!
  • splash lemon juice
  • little fresh, diced parsley *optional
  • good pinch of sea salt

Harissa Dressing

  • 2 tbsp harissa paste *I like trader joes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp honey
  • pinch of sea salt

Assembling the bowl

  • diced cucumber
  • chopped grape tomatoes
  • crumbled feta
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1/4-1/2 avocado, sliced
  • arugula or other greens of choice
  • pickled onion
  • pita or focaccia



  • If your rice isn't cooked, cook one cup according to it's instructions. You can save leftovers! Once finished, add a serving to a bowl and add in the salt, parsley, and lemon juice. Toss well.

Harissa Dressing

  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender, blending until smooth. Taste & adjust as needed. Place in the fridge until ready to use.


  • Cut the salmon filet into bite sized pieces.
  • Add them to a bowl and toss with the seasonings. Spray the bites with olive oil spray or drizzle over olive oil.
  • Arrange the bites on a piece of parchment paper in your air fryer. Cook at 400F for 5-7 minutes (all air fryers vary, so keep an eye on them!), shaking half way, until the salmon is cooked through and browned.

Assembling the bowls

  • Add the rice to the bottom of the bowl, followed by the greens.
  • Top with the chopped veggies, & avocado.
  • Add the salmon bites to the bowl and sprinkle over the pickled onions, then the feta.
  • Drizzle over the dressing and serve with fresh pita or foaccia! I like to cut my focaccia into bites and add to the bowl! Enjoy!
Keyword air fried salmon, air fryer salmon, cava, greek lemon potatoes, greek salad, mediteranean, salmon salad

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