Roasted Chickpea and Pumpkin Couscous Salad


The Honey and Paprika Roasted Pumpkin is the key ingredient to the Roasted Chickpea and Pumpkin Couscous Salad featured here. The chickpeas are delicately spiced and baked along with the Honey and Paprika Pumpkin slithers. This warm salad has varied textures, colours and flavours for a Moroccan inspired dish and is a perfect accompaniment to chargrilled flamed chicken.

Canned rather than dried chickpeas are used here. For a soup or a stew it is recommended to work with the dried chickpeas and soak overnight. In this case though, the canned chickpeas are adequate for a salad or even a dip. Rinse well though, before incorporating into your dishes.


250g Can Chickpeas

1 1/2 cups Wholemeal couscous prepared as per packaging.

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

1 tspn Ground Cumin

1 tspn Ground paprika

Apx 600g ( Half a medium ) pumpkin

1 Spanish ( Red) Onion

1 tbspn sweet Paprika

1 tspn ground cumin

3-4 garlic cloves finely chopped

3-4 garlic cloves skin on ends taken off

1 tspn pure honey

Olive Oil Spray

Pinch Sea Salt


Strain and rinse the chickpeas. In a shallow baking tray add the strained chickpeas and the ground spices. Mix through well.

Bake in oven for 10 mins in moderate oven. The chickpeas will be drier and firmer.

Prepare the couscous as per the packaging. Each brand of couscous the cooking time will vary slightly. The Generally method though, for every half cup of couscous 1/2 cup boiling water is added. Wholemeal couscous requires 2/3 cup water. Add the boiling water into the couscous, until the couscous is covered with water by a centimetre. Seal and allow the granules to absorb the water for 3-5 minutes.

Follow the link for the recipe and detailed instructions to the Honey and Paprika Baked Pumpkin.

Remove the pumpkin from the oven.

Add the parsley, salt and pepper and semi- roasted chickpeas. Gently stir through honeyed pumpkin.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. foodzesty says:

    Very nice Marina…:)

  2. jyo says:

    Interesting ✌✌

  3. I really like the combination of chickpea and pumpkin! Great idea 😉 Really interesting and included on my “to-try” list ☺️

    1. Glad to hear!

  4. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe

  5. great recipe and nice photos 😀

  6. Green Delhi says:

    Looks absolutely yum. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. Megala says:

    Looks so appetizing !

  8. foodinbooks says:

    Goodness, that looks tasty. You come up with some of the most wonderful flavor combinations. And pumpkin is in season, so I guess I must try this. 🙂

    1. You will definitely like this 🙂

  9. chefkreso says:

    What a wonderful salad, I saved the recipe and can’t wait to try it out 😀

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