This is an easy meal that is vegan and fast – it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. Normally, I enjoy falafel patties in a pita, but this is a wonderful change. It is delicious and packs in a lot of fiber and protein.
Falafel Couscous Salad
1 package couscous, prepared according to package directions (any flavor works – I used Toasted Pine Nut for this and it was delicious)
1/2 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried garlic
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
Juice of 2 medium lemons
1/2 cup boiling water
1 Tablespoon hummus (any flavor)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Hummus salad dressing (see recipe on post below)
1. Mix the tomato and roasted red pepper into the couscous. Cover to keep warm.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add lemon juice and water and mix in the hummus. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile heat frying pan to medium-high heat and add olive oil to pan.
3. Drop falafel dough onto heated frying pan in about 2 Tablespoon mounds, flattening slightly. Cook each side for about a minute and a half, or until golden. Place cooked falafel patties on a plate lined with a paper towel.
4. To assemble salad, place couscous on plate, top with three falafel patties, and about 1 Tablespoon of the hummus dressing. Serve while still warm and drizzle with lemon juice if desired.