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Quinoa Falafel


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Quinoa Falafel

For reasons I can’t quite explain, I really love falafel. My husband would say that they are too dry, almost to the point of being sandy. But I have to say with the right sauce, I really enjoy them. Well…most of the time anyway. I agree that at times they can be way too try. My solution? To learn how to make falafel at home! Now first let me say that I am well aware that this is not a traditional recipe. Come on guys, it has quinoa in it! But stick with me here….because the quinoa had a great impact and one I wouldn’t have expected.


  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 25 min
  • Ready Time : 40 min


4 Servings


  • 2 cups cooked chickpeans (about 1 can)
  • 2 tablespoons Tahini
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon mineral salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup arugula
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, tahini, quinoa, salt, baking powder, cumin, cilantro, cayenne pepper, garlic and lemon. Pulse until well combined. Form into 18 balls and then flatten into patties.
  3. Heat olive oil in an oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add patties and cook for five minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Place skilled in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Make sauce by combining greek yogurt and garlic.
  5. Place falafel on top of arugula and top with yogurt.

This is a fun and healthy version of falafel! I like to serve it with hummus and vegetables as a side dish. To make this recipe vegan, simply allow vegan yogurt to strain in cheesecloth overnight in the refrigerator and you will have a thicker Greek-like yogurt.


Source: Quinoa Recipes


Servings Per Recipe: 4 Servings

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 306
  • Total Fat: 13.4g
  • Total Carbs: 36.4g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 12.2g


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6 Responses to Quinoa Falafel

  1. avatar says: elk99

    Sounds delicious, but I was wondering is there Greek Cholov Yisroel Yogurt? I haven’t seen that yet.

    • Hi elk99 – I don’t know if there is but you can take regular plain yogurt and strain it for a few hours over cheesecloth and it turns into Greek style yogurt.

  2. avatar says: Ilana

    Great recipe, I did not have luck frying this, as the falafel balls melted into the oil that they were frying in, but I baked the remainder of the mixture and they were great.

  3. avatar says: martinezf

    I made these last night. Though tasty, they fell apart very easily! You’re better off crumbling them into bread crumbs.

  4. Can I just throw this in the oven instead of frying it at first?

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