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Falafel Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 2 cups packed flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion plus ¼ 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

Instructions

  • Soak chickpeas in cold water for 12 to 24 hours.
  • 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 ½ teaspoon salt; process until finely and evenly ground. Shape into 12 patties (1 ½ inches wide), using a generous 2 tablespoons each.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, whisk tahini, water and the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil and ½ teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Transfer ¼ 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 ¼ cup dressing.

Tips

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AUTHOR EatingWell Test Kitchen
BRAND EatingWell

YIELD 4 servings
SERVINGS 4
ACTIVE TIME 50 minutes
TOTAL TIME 50 minutes (plus 12-24 hours soaking time)

Nutrition

Per serving 499 Calories
Total Fat 31 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Mono Saturated Fat 18 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 626 mg
Fiber 13 g
Protein 16 g
Potassium 1024 mg
Added Sugars 0 g
Total Sugars 10 g
Calcium 176 mg
Chromium 1 mcg
Folate 358 mcg
Omega-6 7 g
Vitamin E 6 mg
Zinc 3 mg
Vitamin B3 3 mg
Carbohydrate Servings 3

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