Tempeh falafel lettuce cups with Kalamata olives and pickled onion

In order to bring you the best organic produce, some ingredients may differ from those depicted.

Tempeh falafel lettuce cups with Kalamata olives and pickled onion

Tempeh falafel lettuce cups with Kalamata olives and pickled onion

Gluten-Free Friendly, Dairy-Free, Mediterranean, Vegan, Diabetes-Friendly, Carb-Conscious, Protein Plus

2 Servings, 690 Calories/Serving

30–45 Minutes

Tempeh makes a worthy stand-in for chickpeas in these crispy falafel lettuce cups loaded with pickled onion, Kalamata olives, and a bright lemon-tahini dressing.

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sunbasket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • ½ pound organic flax tempeh
  • 1 organic red onion
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Sunbasket falafel blend (gluten-free panko - chickpea flour - granulated garlic - coriander - cumin)
  • 1 organic romaine heart or other lettuce
  • 1 ounce pitted Kalamata olives
  • Sunbasket lemon-tahini dressing base (lemon juice - tahini - garlic - orange juice - Marash chile flakes)

Nutrition per serving

Calories 690, Total Fat 47g (60% DV), Sat. Fat 6g (30% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 290mg (13% DV), Total Carb. 38g (14% DV), Fiber 16g (57% DV), Total Sugars 6g (Incl. 0g Added Sugars, 0% DV), Protein 31g
Contains: Soybeans, Sesame (sesame)

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, Sesame.


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

Wash produce before use


Start the flaxseed meal and tempeh

  • In a small bowl, stir together the flaxseed meal and 2 tablespoons [¼ cup] water; set aside.
  • Using the large holes of a box grater, coarsely grate the tempeh. 

In a large frying pan, combine the tempeh and 1 cup [2 cups] water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain the tempeh, transfer to a large bowl, and pat dry with a paper towel. Wipe the pan dry. While the tempeh is cooking, prepare the pickled onion.


Pickle the onion

  • Peel and thinly slice enough onion to measure ½ cup [1 cup].

In a small bowl, combine the onion and apple cider vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Let stand, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the rest of the meal.


Make the falafel

Add the falafel blend and flaxseed meal mixture to the bowl with the tempeh, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Using wet hands, form the mixture into about twelve [twenty-four] ½-inch-thick patties. 


Cook the falafel

In the same pan used to soften the tempeh, warm 2 to 4 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches if needed, add the falafel patties and cook, turning once, until lightly browned and starting to crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Add more oil between batches if needed. While the falafel are cooking, prepare the remaining ingredients and the dressing.


Prep the romaine and olives; make the dressing

  • Trim the root end from the romaine heart; remove 6 [12] of the largest outer leaves for the lettuce cups and save the remaining lettuce for another use. 
  • Coarsely chop the olives, checking for any pits.

In a small bowl, stir together the lemon-tahini dressing base and 2 tablespoons [¼ cup] oil; season to taste with salt and pepper.


Transfer the romaine leaves to individual plates and divide the falafel patties among the leaves. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pickled onion from the brine. Top the patties with the olives, pickled onion, and lemon-tahini dressing and serve.

Kids Can!
  • Stir the flaxseed meal and water.
  • Measure the onion. 
  • Form the falafel patties. 
  • Separate the romaine leaves.
  • Stir the lemon-tahini dressing.