Since it’s officially spring, my mind and body instantly start to crave and gravitate towards recipes that are portable, great to share at potlucks, bring to BBQ’s, and take to picnics. Herb Falafel and Tzatziki is absolutely perfect for all of the above, but especially for sharing with friends. If you’ve never tried falafel let alone make it in your own kitchen, I promise you the name sounds a lot more fancy and intimidating than it actually is to make. I pair the fresh yet crunchy Herb Falafel with a zesty creamy vegan Tzatziki Sauce to be used as a condiment, dip or dressing.
Pictured // Herb Falafel + Tzatziki + saffron olive oil dipping
What is falafel? Falafel (fah-la-fell) is a traditional Middle Eastern recipe made with ground fava beans and chickpeas into a flour with a mix of fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil, spices formed into a patty or ball and often paired with a sauce containing tahini and wrapped in a pita/flat bread. It’s often deep-fried but can be baked, for my recipe I’m choosing to bake the falafel, which still tastes amazing! Tzatziki sauce is another traditional Middle Eastern recipe typically containing sheep’s yogurt, fresh herbs, lemon juice, spices, and seasonings to create a refreshing dressing for the falafel. Being dairy-free here on Nutrition Stripped, I’m opting to use good ole’ cashews and hemp seeds for the creamy sauce.