Falafel Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing


Deep-fried falafel can be a total grease bomb. But these pan-seared falafel still get crispy in just a few tablespoons of oil with equally satisfying results. Be sure to use dried, instead of canned, chickpeas in this healthy recipe—canned chickpeas add too much moisture.

Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas

  • 2 cups packed flat-leaf parsley, divided

  • ¼ cup chopped red onion plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced, divided

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 5 tablespoons tahini

  • 5 tablespoons warm water

  • 6 cups sliced romaine lettuce

  • 2 cups sliced cucumbers and/or radishes

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered


  1. Soak chickpeas in cold water for 12 to 24 hours.

  2. Drain the chickpeas and transfer to a food processor. Add 1 cup parsley, chopped onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt; process until finely and evenly ground. Shape into 12 patties (1 1/2 inches wide), using a generous 2 tablespoons each.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Cook the falafel until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn, swirl in 1 tablespoon oil and cook until golden on the other side, 3 to 5 minutes more.

  4. Meanwhile, whisk tahini, water and the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Transfer 1/4 cup to a small bowl. Add romaine and the remaining 1 cup parsley to the large bowl and toss to coat. Top with cucumbers and/or radishes, tomatoes, the sliced onion and the falafel. Drizzle with the reserved 1/4 cup dressing.

    falafel salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

499 Calories
31g Fat
45g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 falafel & 2 cups salad
Calories 499
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 16g 31%
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Vitamin A 9390IU 188%
Vitamin C 63mg 70%
Folate 358mcg 90%
Sodium 626mg 27%
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 7mg 40%
Magnesium 110mg 26%
Potassium 1024mg 22%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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