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Vegan Falafel Bowl

  • Author: Maša Ofei
  • Total Time: 1 hour*
  • Yield: 2


A vegan falafel bowl with smooth hummus, crispy falafels, quick tabbouleh, and grilled zucchini, topped off with a creamy tahini dressing. All the goodness you’ll ever want inside a bowl!


Quick hummus:

  • 1 can (400g / 14.10 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1½ cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (hulled or unhulled)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch ground cumin
  • 24 tablespoons cold water


  • 2 tablespoons couscous (and 2 tablespoons boiling water)
  • 1 cup curly leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ spring onion, finely sliced (around 2 tablespoons, white part only)
  • 5 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup / half a medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pinch sumac (optional)

The rest:


  1. To make the hummus: Add all ingredients to a food processor and start with 2 tablespoons of water. Blend until smooth, and add more water if necessary to get a smooth and creamy hummus. Set aside.
  2. To make the tabbouleh: Add the couscous and boiling water to a small bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and let it cool. Once cooled, add the rest of the ingredients to a bowl and add the couscous. Stir well, and then set aside.
  3. Grill the zucchini slices on a barbeque, skillet, or grill pan. You may need a little bit of oil, so it doesn’t stick. Once done, set aside. 
  4. Make the falafels as per the recipe.
  5. As the falafels are frying, you can prepare the tahini dressing as per the recipe.
  6. Now you’re ready to assemble. To each bowl, divide the hummus, tabbouleh, zucchini, falafels, and drizzle with the tahini dressing. Add a wedge of lemon if you like.
  7. If you want to save it for later, keep all the components separately in containers in the refrigerator for up to a couple of days. The tabbouleh should be left undressed if prepared more than 24 hours before.


Total time: This doesn’t include soaking time for chickpeas needed for the falafels. They need to be soaked overnight. The time includes everything else in the recipe.

  • Diet: Vegan

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