Falafel Salad is the deliciousness of Falafel without the bread and made right in the convenience of your slow cooker!

Falafel SaladWhen I was working at Clarkson University, there was a faculty member whose spouse brought falafel to one of our departmental parties.  That first taste had me hooked.  I absolutely loved it and wanted to know how to make them!  I ended up being invited to their house to be taught how to make them!  I felt like I had a pretty good lesson considering they were from Jordan and I was getting an authentic recipe!

Then, just a few weeks ago when I was assigned my blog for the Secret Recipe Club for the month of June, I found a falafel recipe that was very unique in the fact that it was cooked in your crockpot!.  Amanda, who is the author of Fake Ginger was my match for this month.  I expected I was going to be making her Bang Bang Shrimp recipe that I have had saved forever.  While I’m sure its an awesome recipe and I still plan to make it, I decided that it just didn’t fit our lifestyle right now.  When I read how easy the recipe for crockpot falafel sounded I couldn’t resist.  Falafel Salad

 Amanda has been around in the blog world a little longer than I have been.  She mentions that she likes it when her hubby is away because it gives her the opportunity to make things that she likes to make but her hubby doesn’t care for.  The exact same thing I look forward to!  We both belonged to Tuesday’s with Dorie and Daring Bakers way back in the beginning (and which I dropped out due to gaining weight being a negative side effect!)

This is definitely a great way to make falafel without the frying, I loved it and will be definitely be making Falafel Salad again and again!  Thanks Amanda for having such a terrific blog and sharing your recipes with us!

Falafel Salad
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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Serves: 4
  • 2-1/2 cups chickpeas
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Falafal Dressing:
  • 1 cup fat free yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons tahini butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Drain chickpeas and place in food processor along with next 8 ingredients (onion through lemon juice) and pulse until mixture starts to come together but still is slightly chunky. Transfer chickpea mixture to mixing bowl and mix in flour and baking soda.
  2. Place about 1 tablespoon olive oil in the bottom of crockpot (I used my large oval crockpot). Using a large cookie scoop, scoop falafel mixture and then form into slightly flattened balls with floured hands. Place in crockpot and spray tops lightly with cooking spray. Cover and let cook on high 2-3 hours.
  3. Amanda instructed to use a little more oil than I did and I did follow her instruction to not turn the falafel over half way. They browned perfectly and were delicious!
  4. Make dressing by blending together yogurt, tahini butter, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. To serve, place about 2 cups of chopped lettuce in center of plate. Place 2-3 falafel on top of the lettuce bed and arrange chopped cucumber and chopped tomato around the lettuce bed. Drizzle with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing and sprinkle with fresh cilantro. Makes 12 falafel patties.

Falafel Salad


About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. honeyb June 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Yum! We love falafel. Kevin spent some time in Isreal way back when and I've made it a few times. Must try this since it does look much easier to just throw it in a crockpot! Great pick. Sorry you had to eat it all by yourself. 😉

  2. amanda @ fake ginger June 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I'd forgotten I made these! Yours look like they turned out great! 🙂

  3. Lisa~~ June 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I love falafel and never even thought to make them in the slow cooker, I need to give this recipe a try.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Candied Popcorn.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. Cheap Ethnic Eatz June 5, 2012 at 2:29 am - Reply

    crockpot falafal??? lol awesome. I do love them to but think I only made falafals once. Bookmarking this one to try.

  5. Lesa @Edesias Notebook June 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    We love falafel, but I would have never thought to make it in the slow cooker. Definitely going to have to try it sometime. Looks great, Shelby!

  6. glutenfreehappytummy.com June 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    yum! how delicious does that look!! i love falafal!! so tasty! thanks for sharing!

  7. tandysinclair.com June 6, 2012 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I love felafel and even though I don't have a crock pot, I am sure I can adapt this to make it work for me, as we don't fry anything 🙂

  8. Katie @ This Chick Cooks June 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Yum! That falafel sounds fantastic!

  9. Daniel Saraga June 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I'm always looking for a baked felafel recipe. I'll need to try this out.

    And I just got a new slow cooker – so that's double-good.

    Does the felafel stick to the bottom of the pot?

  10. Debra Kapellakis June 13, 2012 at 6:29 am - Reply

    This looks and reads tastily. I am going to try this for sure.

  11. Ker July 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    WOW!! I left an earlier comment today that I was reading your blog bc I am a fellow Albany resident (although on short term assignment in Taiwan) who went to school near the Canadian border – but then I saw in this post you worked at Clarkson and my heart lept! I went there for undergrad and grad school, for 4.5 years total (I did study abroad twice). I did work-study in the School of Liberal Arts(later the School of Arts and Sciences _ I worked downtown and then in New Snell) with Cindy and Linda in late 1990s/early 2000s – not sure if you knew them from your time there (didn't post their last names due to privacy). I loved it at Clarkson – and I met my husband there, too! I don't keep up my blog anymore but it is kerryandscott.blogspot.com

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