A beautiful rainbow falafel salad that has been given a bright and colourful twist! It’s super easy to put together and a great healthy lunch option.
I love it when recipes come together out of a spontaneous mix of ingredients to make a quick meal! Here’s a little back story.
I had grated carrot and purple cabbage chopped in the fridge from dinner the night before. There were some falafels in the fridge and some other random vegetables that needed to be used up. Sound familiar?
I added them all to a bowl and threw in some goji berries and almonds. They all worked so well together! So with half the job done, lunch that day took me no more than ten minutes to put together. It looked so beautiful and tasted even better.
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I quickly jotted down what I put in the salad and recreated it again the following week to make sure that it still turned out the same; however, this time, I made the falafels from scratch and added a tahini dressing that I love.
You can, of course, use store-bought vegan falafels (check that they are vegan as some have eggs in them) for this recipe to speed up the process. I personally love my own and haven’t bought any since! They can be frozen or kept in the fridge for a couple of days and reheated.
What goes well with falafels?
There are so many delicious ways to enjoy falafels. Here are a few suggestions:
- In a wrap or a pocket
- With hummus
- In a salad, like this one
- Drizzled with a tahini dressing on their own
- As a part of a veggie skewer
- With pickled vegetables
- As part of a Middle Eastern platter or bowl
- With vegan tzatziki
Other vegetables that can be added to this easy falafel salad
This recipe is so versatile! You can add or change it to suit what you have on hand. Here are a few other options for this falafel salad recipe:
- Pickled vegetables like turnip and red onions
- Any leafy greens
- Roasted bell peppers
- Roasted eggplant (aubergine)
Another wonderful addition to this salad could be a side of tabbouleh. Here’s what you can find in a good tabbouleh:
- cooked quinoa
- cherry tomatoes
- spring onions (scallions)
- a simple olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper dressing.
Even though I’ve given you plenty of options to add or how to alter this salad, I think that it’s delicious just the way it is.
It’s a little different from most recipes out there and that’s what I love about it!
This is a great meal prep dish as you can make the salad ahead of time. I find that it actually gets better with age and the tahini dressing softens up the ingredients.
The falafels can be made ahead of time and added to the bowl when you’re ready to eat. I like to warm them up a little to soften them in the middle and have them crunchy on the outside.
If you have extra tahini dressing, you can add it to the top.
This falafel salad is a great way to get plenty of vegetables and colours of the rainbow into your diet. Crunchy, fresh, healthy, delicious, and oh so pretty!
Other wonderful recipes you’ll love:
- Quick & Simple Vegan Lentil Salad
- Mediterranean Pearled Couscous Salad
- Warm Tempeh & Lentil Salad
- Mushroom Fajitas
- Vegan Falafel Wrap
- How to Make Hummus
- Vegan Falafel Bowl