Deconstructed Falafel Salad

This Deconstructed Falafel Salad is a lovely mixture of flavors and textures. Chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, and avocado are all tossed in a flavorful lemon-cumin-tahini dressing. Easy, homemade pita chips add a delicious crunch!

Deconstructed Falafel Salad - easy, healthy, flavorful | Krisitne's Kitchen

What do you usually eat for lunch? I tend to make sandwiches, since they are easy and don’t require much thought. Sandwiches can get boring quickly, though. I find that when I eat a healthy salad for lunch, I have more energy in the afternoon and am less likely to want to nap!

The key to a healthy and filling salad is to have a good balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This Deconstructed Falafel Salad has all of that, plus plenty of flavor!

Just like a traditional falafel, this salad starts with chickpeas. Chickpeas are one of my favorite salad add-ins, so I love that they play a starring role in this dish. Mixed in with the chickpeas are tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, and creamy avocado. A generous handful of fresh cilantro and parsley add tons of bright flavor to the salad.

The chickpeas and veggies are tossed in a lemon-cumin-tahini dressing. I always have tahini on hand in my fridge for making up a quick batch of hummus.

Deconstructed Falafel Salad - easy, healthy, flavorful | Krisitne's Kitchen

But the best part of this salad? The best part is the crispy homemade pita chips that are tossed in at the last minute. The pita chips soak up some of the dressing, but stay crispy so long as you enjoy the salad right away. We reserved a few chips on the side for scooping.

Making the pita chips is easy. I used store-bought whole-wheat pita, brushed it with a little olive oil, cut it into triangles, and baked it for about 8 minutes until lightly browned and crisp.

Want to try your hand at homemade pita bread? My recipe is so easy and the homemade pitas are unbelievable!

Deconstructed Falafel Salad - easy, healthy, flavorful | Krisitne's Kitchen

This salad has all of the flavors of a falafel, and it’s a healthy meal that you can feel good about eating. We ate this for lunch, but it is filling enough for a light dinner.

Deconstructed Falafel Salad
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
 
This Deconstructed Falafel Salad is a lovely mixture of flavors and textures. Chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, and avocado are all tossed in a flavorful lemon-cumin-tahini dressing. Easy, homemade pita chips add a delicious crunch!
Ingredients
For the pita chips:
  • 3 whole-wheat pita pockets
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
For the dressing:
  • 2 medium lemons
  • 3 tbsp. tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
For the salad:
  • 15 ounce can low-sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 3 medium green onions, sliced
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice each pita in half so that you have two whole rounds from each. Brush lightly with the 2 tablespoons olive oil, and then cut each round into 8 wedges. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 8 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, juice the lemons into a large bowl (about ⅓ cup); add the tahini, tablespoon of olive oil, cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl with the dressing and gently toss to combine. Stir in the pita chips (break them into smaller pieces as needed), and serve immediately.

Deconstructed Falafel Salad - easy, healthy, flavorful | Krisitne's Kitchen


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  1. I just love anything deconstructed. Falafels are a favorite around here, but this looks so much easier and totally delicious! Pinned :)

    • We love falafels too, and this salad has the same flavors, although it is quite a bit different than eating a falafel. It’s super yummy, though! :) Thanks for the pin!

  2. This looks yummy! I love the creamy texture with the addition of the crunchy pita chips!

  3. What a pretty salad! The pita chips definitely look like the best part! And the chick peas too…love those!

  4. I’ve only had falafel once but I really liked it! I am a huge chickpea fan so it makes sense :) I’ve been looking for more salads since they can get boring if you don’t switch them up. Between the dressing and the pita chips (LOVE pita chips!) this is a winner! Pinning!

  5. This is a great way to get some of that falafel flavor without deep-frying anything. Love it!

  6. Gorgeous! I adore the flavors in this salad – the tahini and cumin and wonderful fresh veggies! I love having a couple of salads like this in the fridge, to be able to have my own little salad bar every day at lunch – so delicious and filling, but it doesn’t weigh me down and make me feel groggy all afternoon! Definitely pinning this! Yum! :D

    • Thank you, Shelley! I’m working on prepping more salads for my lunches. They really do make you feel like you have more energy for the afternoon!

  7. This looks absolutely delicious! I would love to eat it for lunch…or dinner…or a snack…I could go on! :) Can’t wait to try it!

  8. This looks like a perfect lunch to me! I used to eat sandwiches everyday as well, but I find a filling salad helps me get through the rest of the day more energized. This looks perfect!

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