Chickpea Shawarma Bowls

By Maria Lichty

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Chickpea Shawarma Bowls-Middle-Eastern inspired bowls are great for easy dinners and can be meal prepped in advance for simple grab and go lunches! 

Chickpea Shawarma Bowls-Middle-Eastern inspired bowls are great for easy dinners and can be meal prepped in advance for simple grab and go lunches!

We just shared 25 Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes that we know you will love. It is always nice to have a solid list of easy dinner recipes on hand, especially during the busy back to school season.

Well, we have one more easy dinner recipe for you today. These Chickpea Shawarma Bowls are a dinnertime favorite. We make them all of the time and every time I polish off my bowl with a smile. They are SO good!

Chickpea Shawarma Bowls are a great healthy and easy vegetarian dinner.

We are all about getting quick and easy meals on the dinner table every night. Life is busy and we have two crazy boys to feed. When 5:00 hits they want dinner ASAP! Yes, we eat at 5:00, I know that is early for some, but our boys are hungry hippos when the clock strikes 5, so we eat early. I am ok with that because I am always ready for dinner, especially when these bowls are on the menu!

Chickpea Shawarma Bowls make a great weeknight meal.

So why do we love these bowls so much? They are:

  • EASY
  • Fresh
  • Filling
  • Healthy
  • Loaded
  • Customizable

Chickpea Shawarma Bowls are a great easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

A few tips for these easy Chickpea Shawarma Bowls:

  • The roasted, spiced chickpeas add flavor, crunch, and protein to the bowls. While the chickpeas are roasting, you can prep everything else for the bowls.
  • For the base of the bowls, you can use brown rice, basmati rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice. We like to use quinoa for a double dose of protein. If you prefer a salad, you can use greens as the base of the bowls.
  •  The lemon tahini dressing is super simple to make and so good drizzled over the bowls. You can find tahini at any grocery store. FYI-tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds.
  • Top the bowls with tomatoes, cucumbers, the roasted chickpeas, red onion, tzatziki sauce, pita chips, feta cheese, parsley, and the lemon tahini dressing.
  • You can use store bought pita chips or make easy homemade pita chips.
  • These bowls are very customizable. If you are vegan, you can leave off the tzatziki sauce and feta cheese. If you are gluten-free, you can leave off the pita chips. Feel free to add more toppings if you wish. Chicken, roasted vegetables, or kalamata olives would also be good.
  • You can meal prep these bowls in advance and keep them in the fridge for easy, on the go lunches. Just keep the tzatziki sauce and tahini dressing in little containers on the side. Also, don’t put the pita chips on until ready to eat.

So what’s for dinner tonight? Your answer should be Chickpea Shawarma Bowls. They are an easy dinner winner!

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Your family will love these easy and healthy Chickpea Shawarma Bowls. They can be made in advance for on the go lunches or easy weeknight meals.

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Chickpea Shawarma Bowls

These simple and fresh bowls are a favorite meal at our house! Enjoy them for an easy dinner or meal prep them to take for healthy on the go lunches!
5 from 5 votes


For the chickpeas:

For the Lemon Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 lemons, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Bowls:

  • Cooked quinoa, rice, or cauliflower rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped seedless cucumber
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • Pita chips, or store bought
  • Tzatziki sauce
  • 1/4 chopped Italian parsley
  • Crumbled feta cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, olive oil, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and tumeric. Stir until chickpeas are well coated. Place on a large baking sheet and roast the chickpeas for 25-30 minutes, or until chickpeas are crispy.
  • While the chickpeas are roasting, make the lemon tahini dressing. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and, water. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. If the dressing is too thick, add a little more water and whisk again.
  • To assemble the bowls, place quinoa, rice, or cauliflower rice in the bottom of a bowl. Top with roasted chickpeas, chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, pita chips, tzatziki sauce, parsley, and feta cheese. Drizzle with lemon tahini dressing. Serve immediately.
  • Note-you can prepare these bowls in advance. Place ingredients in a container and store in the fridge. Make sure you keep the tzatziki sauce and tahini dressing on the side until ready to serve. Also, leave off the pita chips until ready to eat. Will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.


Calories: 262kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 599mg, Potassium: 448mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 2034IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 87mg, Iron: 3mg

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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    1. 5 stars
      I’ve never made a meal like this before and it was delicious! I did t use pita chips, just ate it kinda like a salad. Yummm thank you!

  1. I am obsessed with all of the flavors in this! That sauce looks so creamy and delicious! I definitely need to try this!

  2. Trying to be Whole food plant based and this recipe sounds amazing! Is there a way to get all those flavors onto the chick peas without using oil? Trying very hard to get away from oil! Please let me know. I so want to make this!!! Just want it as totally healthy as I can have it! Thank you!

    1. You really need the oil for the chickpeas to crisp up and for the flavors to stick. Glad you liked the recipe!

  3. Do you rub the shells off the chickpeas? If yes, any good ideas on the most effective way to accomplish this? Thanks!

    1. You can if they bug you. Rinse and drain the chickpeas and put them in a clean towel. Roll them around and this will help them come off quicker.

    1. It just depends on how many bowls you want to make and how much you want to eat:) I would say 1/2 cup to 1 cup per person.

  4. I believe you forgot the chickpeas in the assembly of the bowls in your instructions. Just wanted to let you know. These bowls look incredible! I’m making these for dinner tonight!

  5. 5 stars
    This has become my new favorite weeknight dinner recipe. If I don’t make it for a bit I find myself craving it! So good. I do it with cauliflower rice with some garlic and lemon zest added, throw in a few kalamata olives to the salad mix, and if I am too lazy to make tzatziki I pick up Trader Joe’s. 10/10 recipe. Thank you!!!