Falafel and Maple Salad Bowl

Salads / Summer

4 portions


For the falafel

  • 250g dried chickpeas (not canned)
  • 750ml cold water (to soak the chickpeas)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 handful fresh coriander
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably golden colour for its delicate flavour)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp sea salt 
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper 
  • ½ tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp baking soda 
  • 4 tbsp plain flour

For the maple and coriander sauce

  • 100g raw cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably golden colour for its delicate flavour)
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 handful coriander leaves and stems
  • ½ tbsp sea salt 

For the salad

  • 2 avocados, cut in half and sliced
  • 1 bag of watercress
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 4 grated carrots
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced


For the falafel

  1. Place the dried chickpeas in a large bowl.
  2. Cover with cold water and leave to soak overnight.
  3. Drain the chickpeas.
  4. Place all the ingredients, except the flour, in a large food processor.
  5. Pulse until all the ingredients are coarsely chopped.
  6. Add a tablespoon of flour at a time until you can form the mixture into a disk.
  7. Preheat oven to 210°c. 
  8. Shape the falafel mixture into 2- to 3-inch disks — the mixture should make around 20 falafels. 
  9. Coat a large pan with a tablespoon of cooking oil over medium-high heat.
  10. Place the falafel onto the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden brown. 
  11. Transfer to a baking tray and bake for 7-10 minutes.

For the maple and coriander soup

  1. Soak the cashew nuts in water for one hour.
  2. Drain the cashews.
  3. Add all the ingredients into a high-speed blender.
  4. Blend for several minutes until the sauce is smooth and creamy. 

To assemble

  1. Mix the salad vegetables in a bowl or plate.
  2. Add 3 to 4 falafels in the middle or on the side.
  3. Pour the maple and coriander sauce on top of the falafels. 

A colourful falafel salad recipe to see you through summer.

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