Baked Falafel Salads with Tzatziki Dressing

 

Hello from Montreal!

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because a. I’m writing this before I go and b. we’ve got a future bride to celebrate (aka my big sister)! If you want to follow along on our trip, head to my Instagram for more details in my story.

Now onto the food— today’s recipe is actually adapted from one of the very first recipes on this blog over 2 1/2 years ago.

2 1/2 years! That is just insane.

 

 

But even though it was an early creation, this still continues to be my go-to falafel recipe to this day, so I thought it might be nice to give it a little refresh and share it with y’all today!

Let’s start with the actual falafel. These babies are embarrassingly easy to throw together— you basically just throw a few ingredients into a food processor and press a button. Yep andddd your falafel batter is made.

From there I use a handy dandy cookie scoop to place them on to a baking sheet, flatten them a bit with my fingers, then bake! And there you have it.

But one of my very favorite parts of this recipe is actually the TOPPINGS.

 

 

I topped my falafel salad with lots of crunchy veggies, salty black olives, warm whole wheat pita, and the most luscious tangy tzatziki dressing.

What are your feelings on tzatziki??? Love it, hate it, mehhhh?? I am definitely on the “love it” side and I honestly can’t get enough of that zesty, bright flavor. The cucumber, the dill, the lemon, the tangy greek yogurt— it’s seriously the perfect balance of flavors.

The dressing is very similar to a normal tzatziki recipe, just a little bit thinner so that it pours easily on your salad. No one wants a chunky dressing, am I right??

 

 

So there you have it! A simple, healthy, and super delicious Baked Falafel Salad with Tzatziki Dressing, easy enough for a weeknight, but tasty enough for a weekend! Ohhh and the entire recipe is gluten free and dairy free, except for the dressing, which you can easily substitute a non-dairy yogurt for.

As always, if you get a chance to try this recipe, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below or on one of my social media channels. It seriously makes my day when I see your takes on my recipes and hear how they went for you!

 

Baked Falafel with Tzatziki Dressing || gluten free, vegan option

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish

Ingredients

for the salad

  • 2 cups of lettuce of choice (I used spring mix)
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 small cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • optional: pita, on the side
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced

for the falafel

  • 1 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup of oat flour (grind old fashioned oatmeal until fine)
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup of parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • juice of a lemon

for the tzatziki dressing

  • 1 cup of plain greek yogurt (use dairy free, if needed)
  • 1/4 small cucumber, diced
  • 2 tablespoon of fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2
In a food processor, grind up oats until fine. Add in garbanzo beans, spices, herbs, onion, and juice of half a lemon. Blend the ingredients until all of combined. The batter will be thick and stick when it’s ready.
Step 3
Form batter into small 1-2 inched patties (I used a 1'' cookie scoop) and place on a baking sheet. I typically get around 12 falafel out of a batch. Spray or drizzle the falafel with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the falafel over and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the outsides are crispy.
Step 4
Meanwhile, prepare the tzatziki dressing in a blender or food processor. Add all the ingredients (greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill, olive oil, cucumber, salt, and pepper) to the food processor and blend until smooth. Chill the dressing until the salad is ready.
Step 5
Last, prepare your salad by adding lettuce of choice to a large bowl. Top the bowl with sliced tomato, cucumber, olives, and red onion. Last, add a few falafel to the top and pour on the tzatziki!

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pumpkinandpb

Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

4 Comments

  1. This looks SO good. Falafel is one of my all time favourite foods, especially with all the toppings, sauces, veggies, and pickled things! We’ve been eating take-out for the past 4 days while we pack and this looks exactly like the kind of thing I wish I was eating right now 🙂

    • I totally know that feeling— I love eating out and trying new foods, but there is just something so cleansing out home cooked meals! Safe travels chicka!

    • I couldn’t agree more!! You’ll have to let me know what you think 😉

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