Vegan Couscous Salad With Chickpeas

Vegan Couscous Salad with Chickpeas

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Cool: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
291 Calories
5g Fat
49g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 291
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 11g
Calcium 44mg 3%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you like couscous pilafs or couscous salads, you'll want to try this simple and easy homemade vegetarian recipe for couscous salad with chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and plenty of vegetables, including cucumber and red bell pepper in a light lemon, olive oil, and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. It's made from all vegetarian and vegan ingredients, and with less than 300 calories per serving, this couscous salad is also a low-calorie meal. 

It's perfect for vegetarians and vegans since the chickpeas add a nice protein boost. If you aren't eating vegan, this couscous dish might be nice with a bit of Parmesan cheese on top or sprinkle it with a touch of nutritional yeast if you are eating vegan. 

Though this recipe is vegetarian and vegan, it is not gluten-free since couscous contains wheat. If you'd like to try a gluten-free version, just use quinoa instead and adjust the cooking time for the quinoa. 

This vegetarian couscous salad recipe courtesy of The Wheat Foods Council


  • 2/3 cup​ vegetable broth (or 1 (14-ounce) can)
  • 1 cup couscous (uncooked)
  • 3/4 cup garbanzo beans (drained)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons green onions (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • Garnish: 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper​

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil and stir in the couscous.

  3. Once the couscous is simmering, remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.

  4. Lightly fluff the couscous with a fork. Let the prepared couscous cool for at least 10 minutes.

  5. Place the cooled couscous in a large bowl and lightly toss with the garbanzo beans, cucumber, red bell pepper, and green onions.

  6. In a separate bowl, mix the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, lemon zest, and black pepper.

  7. Add the vinaigrette and lemon dressing to the couscous mixture and gently toss to combine well.

  8. Garnish the couscous salad with lemon pepper.

  9. Serve and enjoy.


  • The vinaigrette dressing can also be mixed by shaking it in a Mason jar.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings to taste. You can add a dash of sea salt or kosher salt if you think it's needed, but use a light hand so as not to overpower the other flavors. 
  • This couscous and chickpea salad can be prepared in advance and set in the refrigerator to chill. Be sure to gently toss it again just before serving to mix up the ingredients and the dressing.