Mediterranean salad with falafel and Marcona almonds

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Mediterranean salad with falafel and Marcona almonds

Diabetes-Friendly, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Family-Friendly, Mediterranean, Vegan

2 Servings, 680 Calories/Serving

30–45 Minutes

These easy gluten-free and vegan falafel add a crunchy protein punch to this Greek-inspired salad, topped with Marcona almonds and lemon-tahini dressing.

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
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  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • Sun Basket lemon-tahini dressing base (lemon juice - tahini - garlic - orange juice - Marash chile flakes)
  • Sun Basket falafel blend (gluten-free panko - chickpea flour - granulated garlic - coriander - cumin)
  • 1 organic cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons pitted Kalamata olives
  • 2 ounces roasted red peppers
  • 1 organic red onion
  • 1 head organic Artisan romaine or other lettuce
  • 3 tablespoons dry-roasted Marcona almonds

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 680, Protein: 17g (34% DV), Fiber: 11g (44% DV), Total Fat: 49g (75% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 37g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 5g (25% DV), Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV), Sodium: 410mg (17% DV), Carbohydrates: 44g (15% DV), Total Sugars: 9g, Added Sugars: 0g (0% DV).
Contains: Tree Nuts (almond)

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten. *Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans.

Instructions

2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use

1

Make the dressing; prepare the falafel

  • Rinse the chickpeas.
In a small bowl, stir together the lemon-tahini dressing base and 2 tablespoons [3 TBL] oil; season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside all but 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] lemon-tahini dressing for the salad.
In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, falafel blend, and 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] dressing. Season generously with salt and pepper. Using a fork, masher, or the bottom of a bowl, mash to a fine paste, mixing well to combine; add 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] water at a time as needed to help the mixture hold together. Using wet hands, form the mixture into four [eight] ½-inch-thick patties.

2

Cook the falafel

In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 to 3 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the falafel patties and cook, turning once, until browned and crisp on the outside and hot within, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and season with salt and pepper.
While the falafel cook, prepare the salad.

3

Make the salad

  • Peel the cucumber, if desired; cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then crosswise into enough thin half-moons to measure 1 cup [2 cups].
  • Coarsely chop the olives, checking for any pits.
  • Scrape off any seeds from the roasted red peppers; coarsely chop any large pieces.
  • Peel and thinly slice enough onion to measure ½ cup [1 cup].
  • Trim the root end from the lettuce; coarsely chop the leaves.
In a large bowl, toss together the cucumber, olives, red peppers, onion, lettuce, and remaining lemon-tahini dressing; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve

Transfer the salad to individual bowls. Top with the falafel, garnish with the Marcona almonds, and serve.
Kids Can!
  • Rinse the chickpeas.
  • Stir the lemon-tahini dressing.
  • Mash the chickpea mixture.
  • Form the falafel patties.
  • Assemble the salad.