It is only recently that I discovered the amazing flavors of falafel wrapped up in warm pita bread or served with creamy hummus. There’s a local restaurant that I frequent for lunch that makes the best falafel and every time I go there I declare how I’m going to try and mimic the flavor at home. The best falafel is crunchy on the outside and fluffy and warm on the inside and topping off a salad with this Middle Eastern favorite is the best way to celebrate Meatless Monday.
Falafel is actually quite simple to make at home and you can speed up the process by using canned chickpeas instead of dried beans. You will want to leave enough time to let the mixture chill in the refrigerator before forming and baking the falafel. I like to use fresh cilantro and parsley and plenty of cumin for the ultimate Middle Eastern flavor!
The Tabbouleh Salad is the other component that makes the flavors pop in this salad. Tabbouleh is composed of cucumber, tomato, fresh herbs and bulgur. If you’re not familiar with bulgur, you can typically find it in the ethnic aisle at your grocery store or specialty Middle Eastern markets. Bulgur is made from cracked durum wheat and looks like tiny bits of pasta.
The salad comes together with a drizzle of Red Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil dressing and Simply Artisan Feta Cheese Crumbles. You can also serve the salad with some warmed naan bread to finish off the meal. This salad is the perfect balance of crunchy, salty and tart and will certainly make you fall in love with falafel!