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panko coated falafal and greek salad pitas

★★★★★ 5
a recipe by
Linda Dalton
Coconut Creek, FL

I think the best way to enjoy falafels is in a pita with a Greek salad. Here's my version of this very popular street food. The falafels are baked, not fried, and rolled in panko to give this vegetarian treat a little more pizzaz.

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These smell - and taste! - divine. A terrific sandwich idea with memorable flavors.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 5
serves 4
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For panko coated falafal and greek salad pitas

  • 3 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 1 can
    15.5 oz chick peas drained
  • 1 sm
    onion chopped
  • 2 tsp
    garlic chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    ground coriander
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 c
    panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp
    hummus tahini (store bought)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 Tbsp
    light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 c
    canola oil
  • 1/2
    cucumber seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1
    roma tomato seeded and diced
  • 1
    scallion chopped
  • 6
    kalamata olives diced
  • 4 oz
    feta cheese cubed
  • 2 Tbsp
    cilantro chopped
  • 4
    6-8 inch pita rounds
  • 8
    bibb lettuce leaves

How To Make panko coated falafal and greek salad pitas

  • 1
    Pre heat oven to 425 degrees. Pour canola oil in baking dish and place in middle rack of oven. While oil is heating, make the falafel mixture. Combine chick peas, onion and garlic in food processor or blender. Add remaining ingredients and whirl until combined.
  • 2
    Shape mixture into 12 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls and roll in panko. By this time your oven is pre heated and your oil is hot. Place falafel balls in in the pre heated oil and bake 15 minutes. Turn them over and bake another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and keep warm by covering with aluminum foil.
  • 3
    While falafels are baking, prepare your salad and make the dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour half of the dressing on salad, toss and save the rest of the dressing to use at another time.
  • 4
    Line each of 4 pita breads with lettuce and place 3 falafels on top of lettuce leaves. Top with dressed Greek salad, fold pita and try and get your big mouth around this delicious sandwich. You can do it, I promise.