April 17, 2024

Cauliflower + Chickpea Shawarma with Green Garlic Sauce

Chickpea + Cauliflower Shawarma
Cauliflower + Chickpea Shawarma with Green Garlic Sauce is a vegetarian dish bursting with flavor! This Cauliflower + Chickpea Shawarma recipe features perfectly spiced cauliflower and chickpeas with a vibrant and creamy green garlic sauce. It’s a satisfying vegetarian dinner perfect for weeknights. I love how this dinner comes together pretty quickly with just a sheet pan and two bowls. If you have extra time, my homemade Naan recipe is a fantastic accompaniment, but you can serve this with store-bought pita, rice or a big salad.
Why You'll Fall for Cauliflower + Chickpea Shawarma:
Vegetarian Showstopper: This meatless dish proves vegetables can be the star! Roasted cauliflower and chickpeas mimic the texture of shawarma meat, offering a satisfying and flavorful protein alternative.
Flavor Explosion: Aromatic shawarma spices like cumin, smoked paprika, and turmeric create a warm and inviting depth of flavor, transporting your taste buds to the bustling streets of the Middle East.
Vibrant Green Sauce: The herbaceous and slightly spicy green garlic sauce complements the savory roasted vegetables perfectly, adding a bright and refreshing touch.
Easy Weeknight Hero: Whip up this dish in under 30 minutes, making it ideal for busy schedules. The simple preparation and minimal cleanup make it a weeknight dinner win.
Customizable Canvas: Feel free to personalize your shawarma! Add your favorite roasted vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, or onions for additional flavor and texture.
Are you looking for more vegetarian recipes? Check out some of my favorites!
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Nashville Hot Cauliflower Sandwich
Tempeh Taco Bowls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced on microplane
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 pieces of pita bread or Naan
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Optional: Sliced pepper, diced cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese

For the Green Garlic Sauce:

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, crushed red pepper and salt. Mix until everything is combined.
  • Place the cauliflower and chickpeas in the bowl, and mix thoroughly to coat them with the spice mixture
  • Spread the cauliflower and chickpeas onto the prepared sheet pan in a single layer.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until the cauliflower is fully cooked and the edges begin to caramelize.
  • While the cauliflower and chickpeas are in the oven, prepare the sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth, or by using a small blender.
  • Remove the cauliflower and chickpeas from the oven and serve on pita or naan, drizzled with green garlic sauce.
Keyword healthy, sheet pan meal, vegan, vegetarian
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