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Falafel Salad With Tahini Dressing

Recipe courtesy of Kimberly Lallouz.
  • Cooking time25 min
  • Prep time20 min
  • ServingsPortions 6
recipe image Falafel Salad With Tahini Dressing


  • 2 cups (500 mL) Becel® with Avocado Oil margarine for frying
  • 2 cups (500 mL) organic chickpeas raw, (soaked overnight, water drained)
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. (5 mL) cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 mL) black pepper
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. (22 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp. (8 mL) salt
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, thoroughly washed, dried and cut in 6 length-wise
  • 2 ripe tomatoes diced
  • 4 Lebanese cucumbers, diced (skin on)
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped very thinly
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped and kept in cold water with ice and a slice of lemon until plating to avoid oxidization.
  • 1 cup (250 mL) pitted Kalamata olives
  • fresh parsley to garnish
Tahini dressing:
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) tahini (sesame paste)
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 mL) Becel® Olive Oil Plus™
  • 1/4 cup (75 mL) lemon juice Plus extra 1 Tbsp.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) water, (more if needed for desired thickness)
Energy (kcal)657 kcal
Energy (kJ)2754 kJ
Protein (g)13.0 g
Carbohydrate incl. fibre (g)36.3 g
Carbohydrate excl. fibre (g)25.8 g
Sugar (g)5.5 g
Fibre (g)10.5 g
Fat (g)53.7 g
Saturated fat (g)7.5 g
Unsaturated fat (g)42.7 g
Monounsaturated fat (g)27.4 g
Polyunsaturated fat (g)15.3 g
Trans fat (g)0.5 g
Cholesterol (mg)72 mg
Sodium (mg)1628 mg
Salt (g)507.81 g
Vitamin A (IU)14397 IU
Vitamin C (mg)34.7 mg
Calcium (mg)195 mg
Iron (mg)5.79 mg
Potassium (mg)941 mg


  1. Heat Becel® with Avocado Oil margarine in a skillet or frying pan on high heat to 350° F (180° C).
  2. Mix the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley and spices in the blender until somewhat smooth. Add eggs one at a time and add the flour at the end. With a small ice cream scooper or spoon, make balls.
  3. Fry falafel balls in pan on all sides until golden brown. Once cooked, let drain on paper towel and season with salt immediately.
  4. Take 6 dinner plates and place romaine lettuce on each dish, fanning it out for presentation and keeping the base on.
  5. Drizzle with a little Becel Olive Plus™ Oil Blend, add equal portions of cucumber, tomato, fresh fennel, black olives and onion on top of the lettuce in a rustic style, then add 4 falafel balls on each plate.
  6. For the dressing, add all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. You can add additional cold water if the vinaigrette is too thick! Drizzle on top of salad and serve!
  7. Serve with grilled whole wheat pita on the side, if desired.
Tip: Fennel fawns can be used as edible garnish.