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Falafel Salad – Meatless, but most definitely not tasteless!

Posted on January 27, 2013 by in salads, vegetarian

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A falafel is my favorite market snack. The first thing I eat whenever I visit one of Cape Town’s many  foodmarkets, is a crunchy, golden-fried falafel. I can’t be bothered for them to put it in a pita with the usual coleslaw and yogurt dressing…… I want a plain falafel. I want to savor every bite of this Middle Eastern nutty, creamy, crunchy and moreish treat! You can tell I like a good falafel hey?

For the un-informed( and believe me, that is no sin), falafels are traditionally Arab food. It is a deep-fried patty made from chickpeas or fava beans. It is usually served in a warm pita with lettuce, pickled vegetables and a yogurt sauce.


I don’t know about you, but salads are not considered man food in Nina’s Kitchen! A salad is something you eat with WITH other food, on the side…. or wait for it, if you have space! Ever heard that argument from your man? I simply had to man-up my salads. In this extreme heat we are facing in Cape Town, no-one feels like cooking….. there had to be a simpler way! That is when I remembered my hubby’s love-at-first-bite-experience with a falafel. All he kept saying was how meaty they tasted! It made perfect sense then to make a falafel salad!


So I took the elements of how a falafel is traditionally served and converted it into a salad. I used a mixture of leaves, coleslaw and fresh coriander, added some green olives and the dressing for my falafel salad was a minty yogurt based dressing. It really is the simplest salad you will ever  make and although making your first falafel, seems daunting, you will soon get the hang of it and never look back!

Falafel Salad

Serves 4

For the Falafels

makes about 10-12 servings


2  x 410 g tins  chickpeas – drained

1 small onion – peeled and cut in chunks

2-3 big cloves of garlic

1 chili

2 big handfuls of fresh coriander

2 eggs

1 tsp ground cumin


vegetable oil


Place all the ingredients, except the eggs in a food processor and blitz until everything is processed into a fine crumb like consistency. Add the 2 eggs and mix with the chickpea mixture. Allow to stand for about 5-10 minutes. Heat enough vegetable oil in a pan to be able o deep fry. Shape the mixture into smallish balls and fry them in batches until they are golden brown on the outside and moist and delicious on the inside.


For the Salad

4 handfuls of green leaves – lettuce, corriander and rocket

16 baby tomatoes halved

4 semi-hard-boiled eggs

16 green olives – I used stuffed ones


For the dressing

250 ml low-fat yogurt

zest of 1 lemon

juice of 1 lemon

½ t cumin


½ t dry chili flakes


Assemble the salad by placing a mixture of leaves on each plate. Arrange the olives, cucumber, tomatoes and eggs amongst the leaves and just before serving add the warm falafels. Serve the dressing on the side.

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9 Responses to “Falafel Salad – Meatless, but most definitely not tasteless!”

  1. Flee 28 January 2013 at 8:23 am #

    This looks Delish thanks, My Man too does not believe that Salad falls under any of the Food groups. Maybe I can convince otherwise, and that a Salad can be good. 😉

    • nerinatimm 28 January 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      Keep on trying Flee, you will nail it eventually!

  2. Des-QPS Packaging 28 January 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Judge me… but I prefer eating vegetarians to veg. but Nina has come a long way in my rethink on healthy easting!! Love the effort babe! Bravecook!

    • nerinatimm 28 January 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      easting – is that that combination between eating and feasting??? A lot of that happening at the moment!

  3. Anne Myers 28 January 2013 at 9:10 am #

    I was a young Afrikaans girl in the Orange Free State when I first heard the word “Falafel” and I thought it was making out (VRY!) LOL!

    But your falafels look SCRUMPTIOUS – I can do with a dozen or so of those babies right now! XXX

    • Flee 28 January 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      Sorry had to LOL at that… thanks

  4. nerinatimm 28 January 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Ai Anne, kafoefel, not falafel….. I will make you some soon!

  5. Jeff @ Cheeseburger 29 January 2013 at 11:06 am #

    This will be the first time that I make Falafels. I’m so excited.


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