Falafel Salad

Ok so this weekend I had a golf lesson at the cottage with some friends, the dudes golfed and met us for drinks and lunch on the patio. My friends (the girls at least) were all raving about this salad they had tried before… It was so good I copied it. I have to say I got it bang on too. Made my own falafel but did it in the air fryer – which was super easy and tasty and healthy. Give this falafel salad a try – you won’t be disappointed.

falafel salad
drool worthy falafel salad

Falafel recipe

For the falafel part of this falafel salad I used this air fryer falafel recipe from Skinnytaste – if you haven’t seen recipes on Skinny taste check it out they are all really good. The only difference mine had was a higher and longer cook time on the air fryer to get a crispy golden outside (400F for 9 min each side). Oh and I did more or less puree it. I like a not too chunky falafel – personal preference.

The basic ingredients you need for this are canned chick peas, cilantro, onion, green onion, parsley and garlic, baking powder and flour. Oh and cooking spray for the air fryer. A bit time consuming but easy. You can also buy pre-made falafel and put it in the air fryer.

Dressing recipe

So this falafel salad had a sun dried tomato dressing. I googled sun dried tomato dressing and got one that popped up and I made some modifications- here it is:

7 pieces of sundried tomato packed in oil

6 tablespoons olive oil (I used 4 plain and 2 spiced with tuscan herbs – next time will use some of the oil from the tomato jar instead of tuscan herb oil)

1 clove of garlic

4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

a bit of ground pepper

a spash of lemon juice

Throw all of this into a blender or food processor and puree. I stuck it in a squeeze bottle to store in the fridge.

Falafel Salad Recipe – “the goods”

Ok so you got your falafel (still hot) from the air fryer, and you got your dressing in a squeeze bottle… here we go

Ingredients:

Spinach

thinly sliced red onion

feta cheese cubed

4-5 hot falafel

dressing

avocado (optional)

pumpkin seeds (optional)

On a bed of baby spinach throw a few slices of red onion, feta, avocado and the warm falafel and top with dressing. Mix and enjoy.

This was so good, and I nailed it so well that when I sent pictures to my friends these were their comments:

“Karen!”

“Looks delicous”

and

“So envious!! I am drooling just looking at the picture”

Now I have to publish this so I can send them the link… you know who y’all are 😉

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