Falafel Salad + Pistachio Crusted Yogurt Rounds

As if falafel salad isn’t enough, this has pistachio crusted yogurt rounds making this salad extra special.

Falafel saladAre you feeling the need to shake things up in your salad making/eating?  I am.

I want to incorporate more salads into my life.  So the challenge is on to create different, fun salads.

This falafel salad with arugula and pistachio crusted yogurt can definitely be categorized as different.  Different, but still big on flavor.

The arugula is slightly peppery, the yogurt is tangy but mild with its coating of sweet pistachios and the falafel with its fresh herbiness make beautiful salad music together. Topping it off is a simple lemon vinaigrette.

Falafel saladMy falafel is baked and you can find my recipe here.

To make the yogurt rounds I drained 1 cup of regular yogurt through a paper coffee filter.  I wanted it to be thick so I let it drain overnight until all of the liquid whey is drained out.

I scooped a spoonful into the bowl of crushed pistachios, sprinkled some of the pistachio all around the scooped yogurt then formed it into a ball.  It’s easier to form it with a layer of nuts covering it than to try forming it with bare hands.

Falafel salad

I think this is a company worthy salad.  What do you think?

I can go for a big bowl full of falafel salad right about now.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Falafel Salad + Pistachio Crusted Yogurt Rounds
 
I included the falafel recipe here for convenience but you can also get my recipe at the link above.
Ingredients
  • FALAFEL
  • 1½ cups dried chickpeas
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley
  • ½ medium onion
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • YOGURT ROUNDS
  • 1 cup yogurt drained overnight
  • ¼ cup crushed pistachios
  • LEMON VINAIGRETTE
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • SALAD
  • Apollo arugula
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
Instructions
  1. FALAFEL
  2. Soak the beans overnight in the water. Add more water if the beans are not completely immersed in the water.
  3. The next day:
  4. Preheat oven to 400
  5. Line a sheet pan with foil.
  6. Spray the foil with cooking spray or oil.
  7. Drain and rinse the beans and add them to the bowl of your food processor.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until until a dough forms. It should be a wet dough but you should be able to form the falafel. If it's too loose add more flour a little at a time until it just comes together. You don't want the dough to be too dry.
  9. Form the falafel into small hockey pucks and line them up on the foil.
  10. Spray them with cooking spray or oil.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes.
  12. Remove the pan from the oven, flip them over and bake for 15 to 20 more minutes until lightly browned.
  13. YOGURT ROUNDS
  14. Place a paper coffee filter inside a mesh strainer (sieve), scoop 1 cup of yogurt into the filter. Place a bowl under the strainer, refrigerate to let it drain overnight.
  15. Place crushed pistachios in a small bowl.
  16. Scoop 1 teaspoonful of yogurt into the bowl of crushed nuts. Sprinkle some nuts around the yogurt until it's covered then form the balls.
  17. VINAIGRETTE
  18. Combine the ingredients stirring vigorously until incorporated
  19. SALAD
  20. Assemble your salad.
  21. Enjoy!

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31 thoughts on “Falafel Salad + Pistachio Crusted Yogurt Rounds

  1. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    Hi Norma! I’ve always wanted to make falafel but never really knew how – your recipe looks super easy and so delicious! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever – pinned to our group board and dying to try it!

    1. Norma Dimsey Post author

      Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by. Thank you so much. I hope you get to try the falafel. It really is easier to make than it looks.

  2. Jill

    I’m stopping over from Tasty Tuesdays. I love falafel and Greek salads in general. I’ve never seen Greek yogurt prepared like this for a salad. I am definitely going to try. Looks and sounds delicious!

  3. Cynthia L

    Wow, what a great combination of flavors. I love the peppery taste of arugula. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

  4. Katerina

    I always love to jazz up my ordinary recipes and transform them into something different. I love falafel and yogurt so i think this recipe is perfect!

  5. Liz

    Oh, this looks like a magnificent salad, Norma! I need to shake up my lunches and this looks like a delicious way to start!!!

  6. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I should hope to shout this is company worthy. Mighty fine and Mighty fancy. To be totally honest I probably wouldn’t make this for a ho hum family dinner. I would want PRAISE.
    This is salad and my effort deserves it.

  7. cheri

    Hi Norma, love this salad, I really enjoy falafel but have never taken the time to learn how to make it. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    I love falafels but I’ve never made them…these look so delicious and easy to put together. Brilliant idea to add pistachios. They are common in many Greek desserts, and I would love to try them in a savory dish, especially these. Definitely a must try!!!

  9. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    I LOVE your idea of pistachio crusted yogurt rounds! It sounds so good. And a great way to go meat free without sacrificing flavor. Can’t wait to try this!

    And thanks so much for linking to my caesar salad Norma! You’re just the best : )

  10. Joanne

    If there’s one thing I despise, it’s boring salads. But this is anything but! Falafel never fails to put a smile on my face!

  11. Amira

    Love the idea of yogurt rounds yum and with falafel!!! although I would prefer them fried :) Your salad is very tempting and encouraging too.


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