Falafel Salad with baked falafels, fresh leafy greens, cucumber, tomatoes, and creamy tahini dressing is easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Chickpeas are an amazing bean and I’m finding out just how versatile they are!
I’ve used chickpeas in a lentil stew, roasted them with spices for snacking, and sprinkled them on top of salads. They are the main ingredient in hummus, which is just as versatile as the chickpea itself.
And now, I have come across the falafel, another great way to use chickpeas! High in protein and full of fiber, anything made with chickpeas is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle.
Falafels are a Mediterranean food and can be served in various ways, such as topped on salads or stuffed into pita bread. Enjoy them with a drizzle of creamy dressing, or pair them with hummus, flatbread, and fresh fruit for a healthy snack or simple meal.
Along with the falafel recipe are 2 creamy style dressings. One is a more traditional dressing using tahini as the base, while the other uses avocado and refreshing cucumber. The avocado and cucumber dressing is inspired by my Avocado & Cucumber Soup and works great as a dressing too. I couldn’t pick just one to share, so they both are here for varying tastes.
Everything is super easy to make and I hope you enjoy it all!
Baked Falafel Salad Tips & Suggestions
- Use canned or fresh soaked chickpeas. I have used canned and freshly soaked garbanzo beans, but once everything is blended together, the canned and fresh soaked chickpeas tasted about the same. I like the convenience of using canned, but it’s nice to be able to use dried, soaked beans as well. The soaking just takes patience.
- If using dried beans, there isn’t any need to cook them, just soak them as they will be soft enough to use in the recipe. Use whatever is easiest and convenient for you. You may like to try both ways and see which way you like best.
- These are flour and oil free. I’ve made baked falafels with flour and oil like some recipes call for and found them not necessary.
- I’ve baked my falafels in a skillet and on cookie sheets, both work great!
- I’ve also added a few extra ingredients like ground dried coriander which is nice but have omitted it here just to keep it simple as possible (although I do have the garlic & onion powder – I like them for good measure). But by all means, if you have coriander on hand, go ahead and throw in a teaspoon.
- As for the greens, feel free to use only parsley or cilantro.
That’s a little about my experiences. I’m sure there is more to learn, and each of us will have varying outcomes due to our kitchen appliances, tools, and taste.
These were flavorful, delicious falafels, and I see them being made fairly regularly around here!
How To Make Baked Falafels
Here is a quick overview with photos. You can find the full printable recipe card below.
In a food processor/blender, combine the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, dill, onion, garlic, cumin, garlic & onion powder, cayenne, lemon, and salt. Blend until fairly smooth but not pureed, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
Shape your falafels into medium size patties like you see here or make bite-size nuggets. The falafels shown above are made with a 4 tablespoons trigger scoop, and I was able to get 6 patties.
The bite-size ones were especially great in a salad, and I was able to get 16 with a 1 1/2 teaspoon scooper. You can vary your size according to your needs and uses.
All the sizes cooked for the same amount of time and came out nicely firm on the outside and perfectly soft and tender on the inside. They weren’t dry and crumbly. Any size will work great for salad toppers or sandwich fillers.
Once falafels are formed, place on lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Once ready, layer your salad with leafy greens and top with falafels, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, and a drizzle of dressing of choice.
Now your are ready to dig into this was a most delicious and healthy salad!
More Healthy Salads!
- Black Bean, Broccoli + Avocado Salad (with Cumin-Lime Tahini Dressing)
- Mediterranean Salad
- Vegan Caesar Salad
- Apple + Coconut Bacon Salad (with Peanut Dressing)
- Classic House Salad
If you try this falafel recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think or any changes you make.Print
Baked Falafel Salad + Two Creamy Dressings
Falafels are incredibly easy to make! There is no need to fry falafels in tons of oil as they bake up perfectly in the oven. Add them to a fresh salad with a creamy tahini-dill dressing and you’re in for a delicious meal!
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: Serves 3
- Category: Entree, Salad
- Method: bake, food processor, mix
- Cuisine: Mediterranean, Vegan
- leafy greens (I used a spring mix)
- shallot or red onion, thinly sliced
- tomatoes, sliced
- cucumber, thinly sliced
- shredded carrot
- 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed or 1 cup dried and soaked overnight
- 1/3 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
- 1/3 cup loosely packed parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped (optional)
- 1/2 small shallot or 1/4 small onion, roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional but for good measure)
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (optional but for good measure)
- pinch or two red pepper flakes, cayenne, chili powder or smoked paprika (depending on your mood)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- salt + pepper, to taste
- 4 tablespoons tahini
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- juice of 1 large lemon
- few dill fronds, cilantro or parsley, minced
- salt, to taste
- 1/3 cup water, + more to thin
- pinch of cayenne
- 1 avocado
- 3 – 4 inches cucumber, peeled (leave the peel on if you like)
- a few sprigs cilantro and dill fronds
- 1 clove garlic
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- dash of onion powder
- salt, to taste
- water as needed to thin
Chickpeas: If using dried chickpeas, place beans in a large pot and cover with at least two inches of water (they will puff up), let soak overnight or at least 12 hours. There is no need to cook them as they will soften enough to use in the recipe. If using canned chickpeas, be sure to drain and rinse well by running the beans under cool running water. If using freshly cooked chickpeas, you will need about 1 1/ 2 cups.
Preheat oven to 400. Coat your cast iron skillet or cookie sheet with olive oil.
Falafel mix: In a food processor/blender, combine all the ingredients for the falafel. Blend until blended and fairly smooth but not pureed, scraping down the sides as needed.
Form falafels into whatever size you like:
- Medium (shown above): Scoop 4 tablespoons per patty will yield approx. 6 patties.
- Small: Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon per patty will yield approx. 9.
- Mini nuggets: Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon will yield approx. 16.
Bake: Place on greased skillet/cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Flip and bake for 15 minutes. Total cooking time 25 minutes. If you find that your falafels are not as browned as you like, place them under the broiler for a minute or two. Just be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
Store: Leftover falafels can be kept in an airtight container for 5 days. They will soften overnight. To warm them up and return crispness to the outside, place under broiler or in a toaster oven at a high temp for a minute or two while keeping an eye on them so they don’t burn.
While the patties are in the oven make your falafel dressing of choice.
Lemon Tahini Dressing: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until well combined. Taste for seasoning and add more water as needed 1 tablespoon at a time or add more lemon juice. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
OR, for something different and refreshing…
Avocado-Cucumber Dressing: In a food processor/blender, combine all the ingredients except for the water. Blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning. Add water a tablespoon or two at a time until desired consistency. Best chilled in the refrigerator before serving. Leftovers will hold up a day or two in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It may last a little longer but it’s gone by day two around my house.
Once patties are ready, make your salad by layering leafy greens into individual bowls and top with falafels, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, onion, and choice of dressing.
Nutrition information is calculated without dressing.
Updated: This Falafel Salad recipe was originally published in April 2013. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in May 2021.