Mediterranean Falafel Bowl

A big Greek-inspired salad with Crispy Baked Gluten-Free (and grain-free) Falafels and hummus for protein, plus a yummy Herbed Yogurt Sauce for dipping, this Gluten-free Mediterranean Falafel Bowl is fresh, savory, and satisfying. A perfect gluten-free + vegetarian make-ahead lunch or dinner.

Mediterranean Falafel Bowl Gluten-Free Vegetarian Vegan dinner recipe
Mediterranean Falafel Bowl

A flavorful, protein packed gluten-free and vegetarian (vegan optional) meal!

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So excited for you to try this Gluten-Free Mediterranean Falafel Bowl!

It it essentially a Greek-inspired salad with Crispy Baked Gluten-Free Falafels and hummus for protein, plus a yummy Herbed Yogurt Sauce for dipping.

My husband and I could basically live on a bowl like this. We order them out  from a local restaurant called Laylas but we decided we needed to recreate it at home, and it is everything!

Fresh, flavorful and satisfying, this Mediterranean Falafel Bowl is a perfect gluten-free, vegetarian lunch or dinner.

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Falafel Bowl vegetarian vegan dinner recipe

How to Make this Gluten-Free Mediterranean Falafel Bowl

The only cooking required for this bowl is the Crispy Baked Falafels. The Herbed Yogurt Sauce is stirred together in minutes, and the rest of the bowl is really just gathering ingredients and assembly.

So it is perfect for meal prepping the Crispy Baked Falafels and Herbed Yogurt Sauce and then being able to assemble a quick gluten-free lunch or dinner.

Here are the ingredients you will need for each bowl:

lettuce or mixed greens of choice

cucumber

cherry tomatoes

kalamata olives

feta or vegan feta

red onion

hummus (store bought or try our homemade Easy Basic Hummus)

Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Crispy Baked Falafels

Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar for drizzling.

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Falafel Bowl vegetarian vegan dinner recipe

How to Make Crispy Baked Falafels

The Falafel recipe is adapted from The Fit Fork Feed (with a few adaptations back when the blog was owned by my friend Lindsay) .

A healthier take on the more traditional deep fried falafels, they still have that classic slightly crispy exterior, a chickpea base and a rich, savory and herbaceous flavor as they are packed with herbs (parsley, cilantro, garlic, scallions).

They are also gluten-free, grain-free and packed with extra nutrients being made with chickpea flour and packed with seeds (hempseed, chia seeds, flaxseeds).

Here’s what you’ll need: (do not be scared by the amount of ingredients, the recipe is quick!)

carrots

fresh parsley

fresh cilantro

garlic

scallions

canned chickpeas

chickpea flour (similar texture to an all purpose flour but made with chickpeas. I used Bob’s Red Mill brand)

baking powder

olive oil

lemon juice

hemp seeds

chia seeds

flax seed meal

salt

gluten free grain free baked falafels easy dinner recipe

Step by Step How to Make Crispy Baked Falafels

They falafel mixture comes together quickly in 2 simple steps!

  1. First, in a food processor pulse the carrots, parsley, cilantro, scallions and garlic until finely chopped.
  2. Add in all the remaining ingredients and pulse until well combined into a thick mixture.

At this point the batter will be thick and could be made into patties but if you prefer balls as I did here, chill the mixture for 15-20, then roll into balls.

Then you spray them with olive or avocado oil and bake to crispy perfection.

 

Easy to make and so tasty! And while they are hearty and satisfying, they are not heavy.

And they can be made ahead and enjoyed room temperature or reheated.

Then you simply assemble your bowl, top with falafels and enjoy!

A perfect gluten-free, vegetarian protein packed lunch or dinner!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

Mediterranean Falafel Bowl Gluten-Free Vegetarian Vegan dinner recipe

For more vegetarian dinners, try our:

White Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean Burger

Lentil Walnut Tacos (vegan)

Mediterranean Veggie Pasta (vegan)

General Tso’s Chickpeas and Veggies (vegan)

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Gluten-Free Mediterranean Falafel Bowl

A big Greek inspired salad topped with Crispy Baked Falafels, hummus and an herbed yogurt sauce, this Mediterranean Falafel Bowl is a fresh and savory Gluten-free, Vegetarian (vegan optional) meal, perfect for lunch or dinner. Falafels (gluten-free and grain-free) are packed with chickpeas and herbs, and baked to crispy perfection. Falafel recipe adapted from The Fit ForkFeed.
Falafel recipe doubles well and can be prepared ahead.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Chill in refrigerator15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Grain-Free
Keyword: easy recipe, gluten-free falafels, grain-free falafels, gluten-free vegetarian dinner, gluten free vegan dinner, gluten-free vegetarian lunch
Servings: 3 servings (makes 9 falafels)
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Equipment

Ingredients

Crispy Baked Falafels (makes 9 approximately 1 1/2 inch falafels)

  • 2 tablespoons packed parsley (flat leaf or curly)
  • 2 tablespoons packed cilantro
  • 4 baby carrots (or the equivalent portion of a full size carrot)
  • 1 scallion, white part and green part, cut into 4-5 pieces
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour (could sub gluten-free all purpose flour or gluten-free oat flour but no longer grain-free)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • spray olive or avocado oil

Herbed Yogurt Sauce (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt sub Greek almond milk yogurt if dairy-free
  • 3-4 teaspoons lemon juice more to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped dill more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley more to taste

Additional Ingredients (quantities per bowl)

  • 1-2 cups mixed greens or lettuce of choice
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers, quartered, skin left o
  • 1/3-1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 big scoop store bought hummus or try our homemade Easy Basic Hummus
  • 3-5 kalamata olives, to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons feta cheese or vegan feta to taste
  • Herbed Yogurt Sauce for dipping falafels to taste
  • 3 baked falafels more or less to taste
  • balsamic vinegar and olive oil for drizzling to taste

Instructions

Crispy Baked Falafels

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, pulse carrots, parsley, cilantro, garlic and scallions until mixture is finely chopped and combined. (try not to over process until mushy but if you do, don't worry, it will still work!)
  • Add remaining ingredients and pulse until mixture comes together, about 30 seconds to a minute. You may have to scrape down the sides once or twice to make sure it is all combined.
  • Unplug food processor and move falafel mixture to a bowl. Mixture will be thick and could form patties, but if you want to form balls as I do here, chill the batter for 15-20 minutes.
  • Form into 9 balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Spray each falafel (tops, sides and bottom) with olive or avocado oil -- this is what will give the crispy golden color as it bakes.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Spray tops and sides with additional oil to get extra golden color and crispiness, then bake an additional 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Can be made ahead and eaten room temperature or heated up in the microwave. Store well in a sealed container in the refrigerator for several days.

Herbed Yogurt Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Taste and add more herbs or lemon juice to taste. Lemon juice will also thin the sauce.
    Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Keeps well for a few day

Assemble

  • When ready to serve, to each bowl, add greens, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, olives, feta, hummus, herbed yogurt sauce and baked falafels. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and olive oil to taste over veggies and hummus. Enjoy!
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2 thoughts on “Mediterranean Falafel Bowl

  1. 5 stars
    A super delicious meal! I added turmeric hummus and pickled red onion to my bowls and the whole family loved it. Thank you for this tasty recipe!

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