“Falafelish” Salad with Tahini and Pomegranate Molasses

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>> Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Making a good falafel definitely takes an effort- from soaking the beans overnight to grinding them a meat grinder to get the perfect texture-so here I’ve made a salad that has all the flavors of a falafel sandwich but with a fraction of the effort.  Make sure to buy a brand of pomegranate molasses that is unsweetened.  Alternatively, you can make your own by reducing down some pomegranate juice.


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • Two 15.5 ounce cans of garbanzo beans
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon hot chili powder
  • ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 24 oz. of any green salad mix
  • Tahini, for drizzling
  • Pomegranate molasses, for drizzling


  1. Heat oil.  Cook onions until lightly golden and translucent, about 5 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile drain garbanzo beans and run through a salad spinner several times to remove as much moisture as possible.  Mash coarsely with a potato masher and set aside.
  3. Add garlic, salt, and pepper to onions and cook for a minute.  Add cumin and chili powder and cook for another 2 minutes, continuously stirring.
  4. Add mashed chickpeas and cilantro.  Combine well.  Pat down mixture flat onto pan and cook for 8 minutes.  Flip over mixture half way through and pat down firmly (the goal here is to create a crisp, golden edge on the chickpeas much like the exterior of a falafel.)
  5. Top salad greens with chickpea mixture and drizzle over tahini (thin out with some water to achieve desired consistency) and pomegranate molasses over to taste.  Enjoy!
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3 Responses to ““Falafelish” Salad with Tahini and Pomegranate Molasses”

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5 stars! Yummy, easy, healthy and cheap. What more could you ask for? The only thing I changed is I pulse the garbanzos a few times in the food processor instead of mashing by hand.

Yum! That would add a nice texture indeed! :)

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