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You are way too tired to make food but you are way too hungry to just let it go? I've been there and it is not a good place to be. There are so many things we can make but everything seems like too much of an effort. Our falafel salad is here to solve that problem in a quick and incredibly delicious way.
We have simple recipes here at vegan.io but I think this one takes the price by far. With this recipe, the time excuse for not eating healthy goes out the window. You can have this recipe ready in just a few minutes so let me show you what will be in your falafel salad bowl.
The first thing we are throwing in there is a bed of greens. This is by far the easiest, quickest way to get your daily those of leafy greens. I usually buy different types of lettuce and loose spinach, but you can even opt for the prepackaged stuff that's already mixed, washed, and ready to use.
We don't want to leave it just as a green leafy boring salad. For that reason, we are adding cucumbers for a bit of a crunch, and cherry tomatoes and bell pepper for more colour, crunchiness, flavour, and nutrients. The last thing we are adding is a little bomb of nutrients, alfalfa sprouts.
I want to make a note on alfalfa sports because they are so small and subtle that a lot of people skip this bit. Please don't! This tiny plant is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, folate, copper, manganese, and a bunch of other stuff. It has a ton of nutrients and the amount of calories you are packing is ridiculously low.
Now that you have a good base we just need falafel to actually make a falafel salad. You have two options here, the first one is to make a batch over the weekend. Keep them in the fridge so you can just pop them out when you need them. This takes a bit of planning and extra work but there are tons of good recipes all over the internet.
Option number two and the one I recommend for this quick falafel salad is to just buy them from the store. This option might need a bit of research since some store-bought ones can be a bit dry. I like buying from local brands that I usually find at the farmers market.
Adding falafel to a salad is a great way to incorporate protein and turn your greens into a nourishing and filling meal. And the great thins is you can add more or fewer pieces of falafel depending on how hungry you are.
To finish it off we need a dressing. To stick with the simple lazy theme we are just mixing extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, tahini, black pepper, salt, and a dash of mint to add a hint of fresh earthy tones.
Your delicious falafel salad is ready to be devoured!
For the falafel
For the salad
For the dressing
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 418||From Fat 215|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 24g||36.7%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||16.2%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 43g||14.3%|
|Dietry Fiber 7g||27.3%|
|Vitamin A 11257.89IU||225.2%|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.51mg||25.7%|
|Vitamin C 115.13mg||191.9%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 2.67mg||8.9%|
|Vitamin K1 187.9µg||234.9%|
|Folic Acid 10.2µg|
|Pantothenic acid 1.11mg||11.1%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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