Monday Night Meal: Falafel Salad with Homemade Pita Croutons

Monday Night Meal: Falafel Salad with Homemade Pita Croutons

 

It’s a new week, the kids are back in school after a long winter break and you’re finally back into a routine after the holidays, Veggie Buds Club Monica Irwin stopped by with a recipe on how to get your busy week started on the right track.

Ingredients:

  • Homemade pita croutons
  • Falafel Patties
  • Tzatziki sauce
  • 3 cups of greens
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed, and sliced into half moons
  • ½ medium red onion, sliced into half moons

Instructions:

  1. Toss the greens, grape tomatoes, English cucumber, and red onion together.
  2. Top with falafel patties, pita croutons, and tzatziki.
  3. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Make the Pita Croutons ahead of time.
  • Make the falafel patties up to one day before it’s time to fry them and refrigerate, or fry the falafel patties and reheat when it’s time to assemble the salad

Pita Croutons:

  • 1 pita round
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Sesame Seeds (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place pita round on baking sheet and brush with olive oil on both sides.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until crisp.
  4. Season with salt and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  5. Allow to cool and break into pieces.

Falafel:

  • 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas
  • 1 cup parsley
  • ½ small onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose flour
  • Neutral oil for frying
  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Pat chickpeas very dry with a kitchen towel (do not skip this step or the falafel will be too moist and mushy).
  2. Place the parsley, onion, and garlic in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the chickpeas, cumin, salt, and flour and pulse until mixture is coarse.
  3. Form falafel into small patties and place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to fry them.
  4. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add falafel patties to oil (do not overcrowd the pan) and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side until they’re a dark golden brown color.

 

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