Crunchy Mediterranean Chickpea Bowl


This vibrant, delicious dinner packs so many flavors, textures, and colors, it might be hard to believe it’s so healthy. The caraway-spiced marinated beets are a new twist on a classic salad bar staple, and the crispy chickpeas are borderline addictive. This recipe lends itself to serving family style, and is pretty enough for a relaxed summer dinner party. Shopping tip: You can find pre-made baba ghanoush in the refrigerated or deli section of your supermarket, usual near the hummus. P.S. If you’re a strict vegan, skip the honey.

Crunchy Mediterranean Chickpea Bowl
Photo: Jen Causey
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 large beet

  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds

  • 4 ½ tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons), divided

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup couscous

  • 1 tablespoon tahini

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1 cup prepared baba ghanoush

  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. Grate beet on large holes of a box grater; toss with caraway seeds, 1½ tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add chickpeas; cook, stirring, until brown and crispy, about 15 minutes. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt.

  3. Bring 1½ cups water to a boil in a small pot. Add couscous and ¼ teaspoon salt, cover, and remove from heat; let steam 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  4. Whisk tahini with honey, remaining 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve couscous topped with grated beet, chickpeas, baba ghanoush, tahini sauce, and parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

629 Calories
32g Fat
69g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 629
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 927mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 14g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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