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mediterranean salad recipe with plant based protein
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Mediterranean salad with Falafel

Stuck in a salad rut? Try this Mediterranean salad with baked falafel. Switch it up with this plant-based protein and healthy vegetarian recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Chill time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: kale salad, Mediterranean, plant based protein
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 343kcal

Ingredients

Falafel

  • 1 Cup chickpeas canned
  • ¾ Cup onion chopped
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Tsp cumin
  • 5 Tbsp flour

Salad

  • 4 Cups mixed greens
  • ½ Cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • ½ Cup kalamata olives
  • ¼ Cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 Avocado sliced
  • Fresh parsley and cilantro for garnish

For the creamy dressing

Instructions

Falafel:

  • Add all the ingredients except the flour to a food processor and pulse until blended but not yet pure.
  • Add the flour and pulse until a dough is formed. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • With the help of a spoon form small balls, around the size of a golf ball. Place in the baking sheet.
  • Brush the tops with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven.

Salad:

  • Prepare the creamy dressing. In a small bowl whisk together the Greek yogurt with tahini, add lemon juice and mix until well incorporated.
  • Assembly the salad. Start with a bed of greens, arrange the cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and avocado. Crumble feta cheese and top with baked falafel. Decorate with fresh parsley and cilantro.
  • Drizzle with the mediterranean creamy dressing and serve.

Notes

Additional ingredients you can add:
  • quinoa
  • cucumber
  • chicken, lamb, or pork if you don't want it to be vegetarian Container Counts
    Full recipe: 4 green, 2/3 red, 3 yellow, 2 blue, 4 orange, 12 tsps.
    Per serving: 1 green, trace red, 3/4 yellow, 1/2 blue, 1 orange, 3 tsps.
    Tip: If you want more red, add some chicken to this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 30.6mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 3.5mg