Easy baked falafel salad

Healthy way to enjoy falafel

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Love falafel but don't love the extra calories that come with each deep fried nugget? Forgo the frying and bake these healthy bite-size balls instead and throw them on a salad instead of a pita to save carbs!

You save over 30 calories and 9 grams of fat when you bake versus fry, plus you save even more when you pair your falafel with a fresh salad instead of a pita. Top your salad with homemade tzatziki or your favorite dressing for a healthy, easy Middle Eastern dinner recipe.

Easy baked falafel salad

Serves about 4

Easy falafel salad accent

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chick peas, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups mixed greens

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking dish with oil and set aside.
  2. Place chickpeas, onion, garlic, flour, crushed red pepper, cumin, baking powder and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse on low until mixture makes a thick paste. Shape paste into Ping-Pong size balls and place in the greased baking dish.
  3. Bake balls for about 25-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve balls on top of mixed greens and top with dressing!

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.

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