Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Couscous

Caramelized roasted vegetables, crispy chickpeas and plenty of herbs make for a flavorful, rich and filling couscous dish.

Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Couscous

This dish is so easy to make and provides a great alternative to tabbouleh for fall throughout spring. I love making my favorite tabbouleh recipe in the summer when the tomatoes are so flavorful and perfect, but in the spring it’s still too early to get good tomatoes so until then, I am really excited with this delicious recipe that includes roasted vegetables and chickpeas along with couscous or bulgur wheat and of course plenty of herbs.

The roasted vegetables caramelize a bit giving this dish a deep flavor making it less of a salad and more of a hearty meal. And with the addition of the chickpeas you get a good dose of protein and fiber. This was gone so quickly, we all loved it! And it’s really easy to make: a quick slicing of the vegetables and you just pop them in the oven for a 20 minute roast, enough to get them soft. Mix your herbs, grain and chickpeas and you’re done!

What to Serve with Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Couscous

Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Couscous and herbs

Honestly this dish can be served perfectly on its own, it combines vegetables, grains, protein and good fats. I enjoyed it right after I tossed in the warm roasted vegetables, but is is also very good after a day as the flavors have melded together more like a salad. This is great to take with you for lunch too! Or a picnic. Or a potluck. You can serve it as a side to a meat or fish dish. And don’t forget that this is a vegan dish, so almost everybody can enjoy it!

The Roasted Vegetables

For the roasted vegetables I simply used carrots, onions and red pepper and there was so much flavor, it didn’t need more than that. I just made sure that I used a large amount of vegetables compared to the starch. You want this dish to have more vegetables and less couscous or bulgur wheat. You can use other vegetables, but make sure to include onion it really adds a caramelized sweet flavor to the dish.

When preparing the vegetables, you want to slice them thinly. For the carrots I used a grater to cut them into thin rounds. When roasting, make sure you spread them out in one layer (like in the photo below), you want them to cook quickly and caramelize somewhat.

Roasted carrots, onions and peppers (vegetables)

How to Prepare Bulgur Wheat

Place the bulgur wheat in a bowl and add double of the amount of boiling water. For example, if you are using ½ cup bulgur you will add 1 cup boiling water. Cover and let it sit for 15 minutes. Drain and fluff up with a fork.

How to Prepare Couscous

Generally, I recommend using bulgur wheat  which maintains much of its bran and therefore is a good source of fiber, for this recipe I used couscous because I had some leftover and wanted to use it.

Here we are referring to Moroccan couscous which is the smallest and cooks very quickly. Place the couscous in a bowl and add about the same amount of boiling water plus a bit more. So, for example if you use 1 cup dry couscous (like I am in this recipe) you add 1 ¼ cup boiling water. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes. Drain if there is any water left and fluff with a fork.    

Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Couscous

Couscous with Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

Roasted vegetable chickpea couscous
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Caramelized roasted vegetables, crispy chickpeas and plenty ofherbs make for a flavorful, rich and filling couscous dish.
Course: lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Chickpeas, Couscous, Greek Roasted Vegetables
Servings: 3
Author: Elena Paravantes RDN
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Ingredients

For the vegetables

  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large carrot thinly sliced in rounds
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 can boiled chickpeas about 15 ounces, rinsed and drained

For the couscous or bulgur wheat

  • 1 cup (175 g) uncooked couscous or bulgur wheat
  • 1 ¼ cup vegetable broth or water
  • ¾ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ cup fresh chopped mint

For the dressing

  • 3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice plus more for serving
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • tsp fine salt if broth does not include salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 425 F (220 C).
  • Mix the carrots, onions, and pepper with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Spread on a pan in one layer and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt. Place in the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes tossing them halfway.
  • In the meantime prepare the couscous or bulgur wheat. Empty of the couscous or bulgur in a bowl and add 1 ¼ cup boiling water or broth if using couscous or 2 cups boiling water if using bulgur. Cover and let it sit (5 minutes for couscous or 15 minutes for bulgur). Drain if needed and fluff up with a fork and set aside.
  • Prepare the dressing by mixing the olive oil, lemon juice and minced garlic and salt (if not using broth). And set aside.
  • Assemble the dish by mixing the couscous with the herbs well. Add the dressing and mix. Add the roasted vegetables and chickpeas and toss well.
  • To serve: Squeeze some lemon juice and serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Store covered for up to 3 days.
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18 Comments

  • Reply Lynn June 21, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    This recipe makes about 5 1/2 cups. A 1/2 cup serving loosely packed would be approximately 70 calories.

  • Reply Lynn June 20, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Attempted to run this through an analyzer…
    It appears it would be about 250 calories per serving, but I am not sure of serving size measurement.

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 3
    Amount per serving
    Calories 739
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 28.4g 36%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 1011mg 44%
    Total Carbohydrate 101.7g 37%
    Dietary Fiber 17.8g 64%
    Total Sugars 19.4g
    Protein 24.5g
    Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
    Calcium 160mg 12%
    Iron 7mg 38%
    Potassium 1043mg 22%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

  • Reply Lynn June 20, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    This recipe is delicious and has become a staple in my attempt to adopt some form of a Mediterranean diet. I was wondering if you could add the nutritional information to this dish. Thanks so much!5 stars

  • Reply K March 28, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    The recipe doesn’t say how the chickpeas get crispy. Are they tossed with oil and roasted with the veggies or prepared separately?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN March 29, 2021 at 6:09 am

      Hi, It’s a description of the boiled chickpeas which are a hardier, crispier texture compared to the vegetables and couscous. You add them boiled to the couscous as noted in the recipe.

  • Reply Gail Dunning March 19, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    I actually thought about adding shrimp, as Bethany mentioned. I’ll try it next time.

  • Reply Gail Dunning March 19, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I made this with bulgur tonight. Followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. I served it warm, spooned into crisp romaine leaves. I did sneak two (not 10) olives in there somewhere.5 stars

  • Reply Bethany March 16, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    We also added roasted tomatoes!

  • Reply Bethany March 16, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Made this tonight and it was so good! We subbed quinoa and omitted the pepper (Husband doesn’t like pepper), we just upped the carrots. We also added shrimp! Very flavorful! 🙂

  • Reply FriendInMichigan March 13, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    I will give it a try, thanks — I know you say the onion is key!

  • Reply Michelle March 12, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Do you think this would work with quinoa?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN March 13, 2021 at 11:57 am

      Hi Michelle! Yes, it would have a slightly different texture and a bit of nuttier flavor, but it would be fine.

  • Reply FriendinMichigan March 12, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    This sounds delicious. A family member can’t tolerate onions or red peppers, so I’m giving some thought to alternatives. I often roast carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and mushrooms… Ideas for combinations are welcome!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN March 12, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      Great ideas! Can they tolerate them cooked? I have a friend who can’t tolerate raw onions but is Ok with cooked.

  • Reply Brenda March 12, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    I haven’t made this yet but just wanted to mention that I love all your recipes. Also, when I make roasted veggies, I often throw in a can of chickpeas & they come out so, so good!

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