falafel spinach salad

June 1, 2011

 I had the most amazing dinner last night that was thrown together in less than 15 minutes.  How can that be?   This Middle Eastern staple has been thrown a curve ball and made into a super quick and healthy weeknight meal. 
 This falafel is irresistible with the cumin and curry flavors mixed with the lemony, fresh spinach.  I cooked them in a smidge of sesame oil to brown each side and make a crunchy, flavorful crust.  
I must say, they turned out pretty and really quite tasty.  I’ve honestly found my favorite weeknight meal.

Falafel Spinach Salad
vegan, gluten-free
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained and dried
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon parsley
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sesame oil (for cooking)

for salad
two cups baby spinach
1 cup sprouts (I used alfalfa sprouts)
juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
  1.  Add chopped onions to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  
  2. Add garbanzo beans and blend until smooth.  
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until well incorporated.  
  4. Heat sesame oil on a skillet over medium-high heat.  Form balls using the bean mixture and carefully place on heated skilled.  
  5. Gently press each ball with the palm of your hand to flatten a bit.  
  6. Let cook on each side until brown.  
  7. To prepare salad, add spinach and sprouts in a mixing bowl.  
  8. In a separate small dish, combine sesame oil, lemon and salt and pepper.  
  9. Once mixed, add to spinach and sprouts and toss together until thoroughly mixed.  
  10. Serve hot falafel over spinach salad. 


Carlyn said...

oh this looks wonderful! I have some store bought tzatziki sauce that would work perfectly with this. I love the idea of using sesame oil instead of deep pan frying in something like canola. A lot healthier and super flavorful!

Jess said...

Thanks Carlyn! It was SO yummy! I've actually never had falafel before I made these because I'm funny about not knowing exactly what ingredients goes into things. I can't believe what I've been missing out on! And yes, I pretty much use sesame oil for everything- it's so good. :)

Mary said...

Wow, these look great! How many falafels did this recipe make? I need to know if I need to double it. =)

Jess said...

Hi Mary- It made 6. Also take into consideration that I made them pretty big! Hope that helps! :)

Sinful Sundays said...

I love finding a new favorite go to weekday dinner. It seriously makes me so happy. These falafels do look delicious and I like how you paired it with spinach!

Jess said...

Really quick and really delicious! :) A weekday dinner couldn't ask for more!

thesummerchef said...

These look wonderful! I make homemade pita bread and I really want to try these falafel cakes in a pita! Thanks for the great recipe :)

Jess said...

Yummm! Homemade pita would be perfect with these! :) Let me know how it comes out! :)

Catherine Ruehle said...

Sounds delish, can't wait to try!

Aly said...

Wow, I'm excited to try this as an alternative topping to my lunch salads!

Olivia said...

These look great! Your photos are just wonderful! Seriously, whoever took them is really good. The recipe looks like something my family will love. I am going to get all the ingredients I lack on my next grocery run!

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