Dinner Option: Homemade Falafels with Salad Goodies

Sometimes, you just want something super quick, easy, tasty and healthy. Because let’s face it, we’re all busy and when it comes to dinner options, these are the Big Four that really matter.

Cue in: homemade falafels with living lettuce, cabbage salad, olives, hummus and a squeeze of lemon…

Here’s what you need:

For the falafels…

Easy option: Falafel packet available in the health food aisle of your supermarket. 

I like this packet option if you’re stuck for time. It has no added nasty ingredients and avoids GMOs, flavourings and so on.

If you want to make the falafels from scratch, you’ll need…

1 1/2 cups of frozen peas
1 x 400g can of chick peas
1 x 400g can of broad beans
1 x garlic clove
1 x teaspoon each of cumin, smoked paprika, coriander
1 x handful of chopped mint
1 x lemon (juiced)
1 x cup of sesame seeds
salt and pepper to taste

And here’s what you need to do:

If you’ve gone the packet option, follow the instructions. They’re super easy to make.

For the homemade option, place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and whiz into a paste. If the mixture is too runny, add some cornflour or buckwheat flour to help it stick together. You want the texture to be moist, but not runny and sloppy. Once you’ve got the texture right, roll the mixture into balls and coat with sesame seeds.

Now, heat a fry pan up and place some olive or coconut oil in the base of the pan. I don’t use too much oil, the falafels cook in just a little. Brown the balls in the pan and place on a paper towel to drain. Alternatively, you can lightly brown off in a pan and then add the balls to the oven to cook through, it’s up to you.

For the salad, mix some finely sliced cabbage, Spanish onion, carrot and mint in with some extra virgin olive oil, lemon and turmeric dressing, accompanied by some living lettuce, hummus and green olives. Too easy! Too yummy!

What do you think of this simple mid-week dinner?

Stay Happy,

Yaz xx



  1. Me my best and I · June 5, 2012

    YUMMM! Ive never made them myself!! But boy do I miss Sababba in Bondi- the falafel plate used to be my naughty but still good treat. I reckon I had it weekly!

    • Yaz Trollope · June 11, 2012

      Oh yes, the South African on wholemeal at Sababba is quite delicious. Yxx

  2. mamacino · June 5, 2012

    Um…what is living lettuce???

    • Yaz Trollope · June 11, 2012

      Living lettuce is the best! It’s still living, so you can pop it in water unrefrigerated and it keeps growing, or you can gobble it up before it gets the chance to get any bigger like we do. You can get it at most farmer’s markets, or if you don’t mind non-organic, they sell them at Harris Farm as well. They still have their root systems in tact and are super nutritious little guys. So yummy! Yx

  3. smilesandhappiness · June 6, 2012

    Oh my, this looks so delicious! I’m a huge falafel fan, I’m gonna save this recipe and try it this week! Thanks for the post!

  4. Katie · June 9, 2012

    Delish! Good one Yaz. I use that falafel mix often and even my ‘healthy food’ avoiding dad and brother love it. For a super fat free version I bake mine, just roll them into balls, pop on a paper lined baking sheet and bake til brown and crispy.

  5. Annette @ Wellness WA · June 11, 2012

    I’ve often wondered about that falafel mix, would you mind posting the recipe?! Is it real simple? xx

  6. May! · June 13, 2012

    I made those instant falafels for dinner last night with a super herby yoghurt sauce and a big, colourful, leafy salad. I’ll admit, when I saw the sloppy brown mix in the bowl I was a little doubtul, but they turned out so well! Easy, affordable, healthy and (most importantly) DELISH! Ticks all the boxes, means it’s going into regular dinner rotation. Yesssss!

    (PS Annette – the recipe on the falafel box is 1. Add water 2. wait 10 mins 3. shape into patties and fry. Trust me, it literally could not be easier! Perfect for midweek).

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