If serving with grains, prepare at this time (follow links above for instructions).
In the meantime, if preparing chickpeas, preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C). Rinse and drain chickpeas well. Then pat very dry — this will help them crisp up.
To a medium mixing bowl add oil, miso paste, maple syrup, and chili garlic sauce or red pepper flake and whisk to combine. Then add chickpeas and toss to coat.
Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet (or more baking sheets as needed if increasing batch size) and bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing/stirring once at the halfway point to ensure even baking. They're done when crisp and deep golden brown (see photo). Set aside.
Next prepare dressing by adding chili garlic paste or red pepper flake, maple syrup, coconut aminos or tamari, lime juice, vinegar, sesame oil, and garlic (optional) to a small mixing bowl and whisking to combine.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime or vinegar for acidity, salt or coconut aminos or tamari for saltiness, maple syrup for sweetness, or chili garlic sauce or red pepper flake for added heat. You want this to be quite flavorful so don’t be shy!
Prepare any vegetable garnishes / toppings at this time and set aside.
Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Store with sauce(s) on the side. Not freezer friendly.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with chili garlic sauce, 1/2 cup chopped cabbage, 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, 1/4 cup each cucumber and carrots, and without optional ingredients.