Vegan Chickpea Stuffed Grapes Leaves with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Tahini is a staple ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes. I love this Lemon Tahini Dressing that pairs perfectly with these chickpea rice stuffed grape leaves.

The process of making these stuffed grape leaves is shortened from traditional recipes by using cooked rice and canned chickpeas. You can also try this dressing on your favorite roasted vegetables or as dressing for a salad.


The Recipe 

Vegan Chickpea Stuffed Grapes Leaves with Lemon Tahini Dressing


1 jar grape leaves


1 can chickpeas (drained)
1 small onion (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Za’atar seasoning
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
½ cup cooked white rice
Zest of ½ lemon

Lemon Tahini Dressing

Zest of ½ lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp olive oil
½ cup Dastony Tahini
½ cup water
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt
½ tsp Za’atar seasoning
½ tsp garlic powder


1. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to a pan and sauté onions. After about 1-2 minute, add in the garlic and sauté for additional 30 seconds. Add in the chickpeas and continue cooking for another minute, just enough to warm them up.

2. Chop chickpeas in food processor or use a knife.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine cooked rice, onion and garlic mixture, and the remaining ingredients for your stuffing. Set aside.

4. To make the lemon tahini dressing, add all ingredients in a small bowl or jar.

5. To assemble grape leaves, take one grape leaf from jar and make sure to cut off the stem.

6. Scoop 1 Tbsp filling and place on the middle of your grape leaf. Start rolling from the stem end, tucking in the sides as you roll (similar to rolling a burrito). Continue until you run out of stuffing.

7. Serve your stuffed grape leaves with the lemon tahini dressing.

Author Bio 

Amy is a registered yoga instructor and food lover. She loves to get creative in the kitchen and prioritizes better-for-you ingredients as she believes, what we put into our bodies impacts our entire being. When we feel our best, we can show up as the best versions of ourselves. Amy’s passion is sharing inspiration so others can find joy and balance in their lives. Follow along with her @cocoforavocados on Instagram.

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