Falafel Salad with Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing
- Prepare the Quick Falafels, using either the recipe below or a mix. I like Casbah brand.
- Prepare the Dill Tzatziki and the Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing (recipes below).
- Prepare the Quick Falafels (recipe below) or using a falafel mix according to the manufacturer’s directions and set aside (they typically need to sit for at least 10 minutes before cooking).
- In a large bowl or platter, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, and red onion.
- If you wish to add pita chips, preheat the oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and brush the pitas with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake the pitas for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- To assemble the salad, place the cooked falafels on top of the prepared salad and drizzle with the Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing and a dollop of the Dill Tzatziki on each serving. Serve with the pita chips if you desire. You may drizzle a bit of extra olive oil on top of the salad which is a nice touch!
- Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture is uniform and crumbly and starts to stick together. You may need to add 1 tbsp of water if your mixture is too dry.
- Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
- Shape the mixture into small 1 tbsp balls or patties.
- Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a non-stick frying pan on medium high heat.
- Working in small batches, brown the falafels on each side. Add more oil to the pan between each batch of falafels. Set aside.
- Place the grated cucumber in a fine sieve, mix in the salt, and let sit for approximately 45 minutes, pressing down on the cucumber and turning it over periodically to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Combine all of the ingredients, including the drained cucumber in a small bowl. Set aside.
Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender or a small food processor and blend until smooth.
- Set aside.
Tori is a Registered Dietitian and self-proclaimed foodie. Her nutrition philosophy embraces moderation and quality without deprivation. She started up Fraîche Living on a whim in August 2014, inspired to help share her love of food and educate others on simple healthy eating at the same time. Tori believes that food and nutrition has become overly complicated, and hopes to help others live healthier lives one wholesome recipe at a time.