Roasted Carrot Falafel Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing

Total Time: 1 hour | Servings: 6

The salad is covered with huge chunks of feta, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and kalamata olives with the pit still in, just like they should be!  And as much as my stomach resists, I eat the entire thing because everyone knows that salad doesn’t keep well for leftovers.

Ingredients

Carrot Falafels:

  • 4 cups diced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more for cooking with
  • 1¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2½ cup cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons flour, gluten free if necessary
  • ⅛-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on your heat level
  • 1½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅔ cup cilantro leaves

Citrus Tahini Dressing:

  • ½ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3-6 tablespoons water, depending on how thick you would like the dressing
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 cups spring mix, or desired lettuce
  • ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place diced carrots on a large sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil and season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat and roast for about 25 minutes, until carrots are fork tender. Let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the falafel ingredients plus the carrots to a food processor and process for 30 seconds - 1 minute, until everything is mixed together. You can leave it however chunky you would like. Scoop mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove mixture from the refrigerator and, using your hands, form into small balls or disks, about 1 tablespoon per ball. Place falafels on a sheet pan lined with wax or parchment paper and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Place falafels into the pan and cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side, until browned and heated through.
  5. Assemble the salad either in a large bowl or smaller serving bowls by layering lettuce, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, feta, falafels, and dressing with desired amount of dressing.

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