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Roasted Cauliflower Shawarma Buddha Bowl with Crispy Chickpeas and Green Tahini Sauce

Cauliflower Shawarma Bowls

Cauliflower Shawarma Bowls with crispy chickpeas and Green Tahini Sauce. These vegan and gluten free bowls are perfect for meal prep lunch or easy weeknight dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 402kcal


  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and patted dry
  • 2 cups cooked white basmati rice (sub grain of choice)
  • Optional toppings: thinly sliced cucumber, sliced avocado, tomatoes

Green Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. each kosher salt and black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Combine curry powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Spread cauliflower and chickpeas out on two separate rimmed baking sheets. Toss cauliflower with 2 Tbsp. of the oil, and chickpeas with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the spice mixture over chickpeas, and toss to coat. Sprinkle remaining spice mixture over cauliflower, and toss to coat. Place both baking sheets in the oven, and set timer for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes, shake the pan of chickpeas, and give the cauliflower a good toss. Remove chickpeas from the oven when the timer goes off, and let the cauliflower go 5 minutes longer.
  • Meanwhile, prepare Green Tahini Sauce by combining all ingredients in a blender or mini food processor. With motor running, gradually stream in 1/3 cup warm water and blend until smooth.
  • Prepare bowls by placing 1/2 cup cooked rice in each of 4 bowls. Divide roasted cauliflower and chickpeas evenly over each bowl, and drizzle Green Tahini Sauce overtop. Add additional garnishes (cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, additional herbs, etc.), if desired.


All components can be made ahead and stored in an air-tight container refrigerated for up to 3 days.
If microwaving, wait to add the Green Tahini Sauce and garnishes until after the other components are heated through. 


Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 880mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g