Tofu Shawarma Bowl

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Enjoy this flavor packed Tofu Shawarma Bowl. Crispy tofu, seasoned to perfection, pairs with zesty, fresh veggies, and a creamy tahini finish. The ultimate vegan, gluten-free dinner that's equal parts delicious and nourishing.

I’ve got something that’s gonna make you shout, “shawar-mazing!” I’ve always been fascinated by the rich tapestry of Middle Eastern cuisine. For those of you unfamiliar with shawarma, it’s a beloved street food classic, marinated in a melange of spices and then slow-cooked to perfection.

As always, I love shaking things up a bit. So, instead of the traditional meat, I’ve opted for tofu. Why tofu, you ask? Well, it’s a blank canvas, ready to soak up any flavor you add to it; offering a protein-packed punch. But this isn’t just about swapping out ingredients; it’s about reimagining, reinventing, and reintroducing flavors in a way that’s both respectful to tradition and excitingly innovative!

Many might not know this but a lot of Middle Eastern food is not only a brilliant hit of flavor but it also has a significant portion of dishes that are inherently vegan!

Rooted in a rich agricultural history, the Middle East has long been cooking with some of our favorite grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits. Common staples like falafel, hummus, tabbouleh, and baba ganoush showcase some of the region’s amazing plant-based delights. These dishes, crafted with age-old recipes, highlight the region’s commitment to fresh ingredients and wholesome meals, proving that Middle Eastern culinary traditions have been championing vegan-friendly feasts long before it became a global trend.

So get ready to dive deep into my aromatic world of the Tofu Shawarma Bowl – where every bite is a fusion of history, flavor, and pure Jackfruitful joy!

All the ingredients for this beautiful plant based Shawarma Bowl:

  • high protein super firm tofu
  • coconut aminos
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • coriander
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • cinnamon
  • mixed greens
  • gluten free couscous
  • english cucumber
  • red onion
  • semi-ripe avocado
  • cherry tomatoes
  • parsley
  • red wine vinegar
  • lemon
  • hummus
  • roasted tahini

For those wondering about meal prepping — you’re in luck! This dish is your new BFF. Make it in bulk, store it, and relish the convenience and delight throughout the week.

Whether it’s a family dinner, a treat for yourself, or a get-together with friends, this bowl is bound to be a conversation starter and get everybody saying mmm around this dish!

If spice-rich dishes are your jam you’re going to love the 30 Minute Spiced Tempeh Califlower Bowl and my popular Vegan Chana Masala they both get me so excited to go through my spice cabinet! 

Jackie Akerberg

Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa. 

Jackfruitful Kitchen has proudly been featured in Forks Over Knives, Vegan Bowls, Vegan Food and Living, and DSM Magazine.

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Tofu Shawarma Bowl

A delicious vibrant bowl filled with middle eastern flavors and warming spices. crispy shawarma-seasoned tofu is paired with comforting couscous, crisp veggies, savory hummus, and a creamy lemon tahini sauce. Dinner made easy and great for meal prepping!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4


  • stove
  • Oven
  • Baking Sheet


Shawarma Tofu Ingredients

  • 16 oz high protein super firm tofu cubed
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper

Bowl Ingredients

  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup gluten free couscous cooked and cooled
  • 1 English cucumber chopped
  • ¼ red onion finely chopped
  • 1 semi-ripe avocado cubed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup hummus

Sauce Ingredients

  • ¼ cup roasted tahini
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • water as needed to thin


  • Preheat oven to 400 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add cubed tofu to a bowl and drizzle with coconut aminos and spices. Toss to combine. Spread on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy.
  • Give the bowl a quick rinse and dry and add the cucumber, onion, avocado, cherry tomatoes, parsley, red wine vinegar and lemon juice. Stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the mixed greens between 4 serving bowls. Top with couscous, cucumber salad, hummus and crispy tofu.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the dressing and drizzle over bowls. Enjoy!
Keyword crispy tofu, dairy free, gluten free, nourish bowl, oil free, plant based, shawarma, vegan
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4 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    This was the best tofu dinner EVER! Both me and my husband are always skeptical about making tofu because it never comes out the way we want. UNTIL THIS!! I can’t wait to make this again but also to just cook todu this way and add it to other dishes. So grateful for these recipes! Now time to pick the next one!

    1. Love that this recipe potentially changed your relationship with tofu!! It really is an amazing ingredient when you figure out how you like it. Can’t wait to see what you try next!

  2. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic recipe! The tofu came out so crispy and flavorful. It was very easy and quick to put together and I love that all of the seasoning stuck to the tofu with just the use of coconut aminos, no oil. I had to control myself from eating all of the tofu off of the sheet before dinner! This was a new and refreshing flavor profile on tofu for me and I love it. My partner said the same… he couldn’t get enough! This will definitely be on the regular recipe rotation list in our home. Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you Christina! I feel like I couldn’t have had a better response to this recipe! I love truly love the crispiness of this tofu and I’m really glad that you had a positive and enjoyable experience! No oil for the win! Who knew 🙂

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