Easy and Fresh Falafel Salad: All the ingredients of a traditional falafel tossed in a quick and fresh salad! Chickpeas, bulgar, loads of herbs, and fresh, crunchy veggies plus a simple Tahini dressing. Great side dish or light lunch! | macheesmo.com
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Easy Falafel Salad

The weather in Denver has taken a turn for the best this last week. It has been almost T-shirt weather, but you can still see the snow-covered Rockies in the distance.

So, while we aren’t completely into springtime yet, I was kind of over heavy dishes last week. I wanted something light and fresh that we could eat out on the porch with a light beer or chilled glass of wine.

While normally you fry or bake falafels and serve them with pita, this falafel salad is a totally fresh take on the ingredients. Same flavors, but easier to make and lightened up!

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Serves 4-6.
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Easy and Fresh Falafel Salad

This is one of the easiest and freshest salads I’ve made. It keeps great for days and makes great lunches or side dishes.

Ingredients

1/2 cup uncooked bulgar
1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
1/2 cup parsley, minced
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 small cucumber, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, diced

Tahini Dressing:

1/3 cup tahini
1/3 cup water
1 small lemon, juice only
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
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Directions

1) Cook bulgar by toasting it in a dry pot over low heat for 1 minute. Then add 1 cup of water to the bulgar, cover and cook for about 20 minutes until bulgar has absorbed all the water (if the pot looks very dry, add more water). Once bulgar is cooked, remove it from heat and fluff with a fork.

2) While bulgar cooks, chop the veggies. Take your time to chop the onion and cucumber so there aren’t any huge chunks.

3) In a large bowl, toss together chopped herbs, veggies, and chickpeas. Stir to combine and then stir in the cooked bulgar.

4) For the dressing, whisk together ingredients until the tahini is smoothed.

You can either serve the dressing on the side and let people drizzle it over the salad or toss the salad with the dressing. Personally, I like to let people dress it to their liking.

Adapted from a Budget Bytes recipe.

Easy Falafel Salad

Most of the ingredients in this recipe are very basic and stuff you might even have in your kitchen. The one thing you might have to hunt down is bulgar. Bulgar is basically wheat grains that have been cracked and partially cooked. You should be able to find it cheaply in most bulk stores.

If you can’t find it though you could honestly substitute couscous or something like brown rice. (Just cook those things according to instructions.)

Easy Falafel Salad Bulgar

BULGAR.

To make the bulgar though, toast it in a DRY pot for a minute over low heat and then add the water to it, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until the bulgar absorbs the water.

When the bulgar is done, remove it from the heat and fluff it a bit. This stuff is so good in all kinds of salads.

Easy Falafel Salad

Cooked and fluffed.

The Veggie Business

Lots of veggies go into my version of this salad. Grape tomatoes, cucumbers (no seeds) and red onion, plus a boatload of parsley and cilantro!

Easy Falafel Salad

Crunchy stuff.

Toss that all together with the drained and rinsed chickpeas.

Easy Falafel Salad

Falafel?

Then add in the bulgar! Adding in the bulgar last will help it from clumping together.

Easy Falafel Salad

Plus some bulgar

Look how fresh and delicious this salad looks!

Easy Falafel Salad

All mixed up!

The Tahini Dressing

Don’t forget the dressing! You don’t need a food processor or anything for this. Just whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl until the tahini is smooth. You can taste the dressing and adjust it if you want it spicier or saltier.

Easy Falafel Salad

Easy dressing!

You could stir the dressing into the salad, but personally I like to drizzle it over and serve the dressing on the side.

As the weather gets warmer, this falafel salad needs to be on your menu! Whether it’s for a picnic or a light dinner, you can serve it with so many things!

Easy and Fresh Falafel Salad: All the ingredients of a traditional falafel tossed in a quick and fresh salad! Chickpeas, bulgar, loads of herbs, and fresh, crunchy veggies plus a simple Tahini dressing. Great side dish or light lunch! | macheesmo.com

Easy and Fresh Falafel Salad: All the ingredients of a traditional falafel tossed in a quick and fresh salad! Chickpeas, bulgar, loads of herbs, and fresh, crunchy veggies plus a simple Tahini dressing. Great side dish or light lunch! | macheesmo.com

4 comments on “Easy Falafel Salad

  1. I saw the box of Bulgar in the pantry the other day and wondered why I had it and what to do with it – NOW, I know what I am going to do with it. Thanks, Nick, this sounds awesome for these beginning spring days. I, too, am tired of the “winter” foods!

  2. I literally just tossed about half a cup of bulgar that I had leftover last night and am now kicking myself in the butt. I’ll definitely be picking up some this week to make this, looks delicious!

  3. I made this for dinner last week, and it was fantastic! And happily enough, leftovers stored well for lunch the next day. Definitely a keeper – the only change I’d make next time would be to leave the cilantro out, but that’s a personal preference, and maybe increase the parsley in its place. But regardless – a perfect light supper on a hot evening! Thank you so much!

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