Deconstructed Falafel Bowl with Tarator Dressing

DIET: YIELD: ACTIVE TIME: TOTAL TIME:
nut free, soy free 1 giant serving 30 minutes 30 minutes

Falafel, along with thick-rimmed glasses, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and irony, has become all the rage with you hipsters, but you know what’s never fashionable? Copious amounts of oil for frying. That’s why this deconstructed falafel bowl has only one reasonable teaspoon of olive oil in the tarator sauce (fun to say, right?), so you can enjoy all of the flavor with none of the breakouts and grogginess.

FEATURED INGREDIENT: PURPLE CABBAGE
Want vitamin K? Purple cabbage. Vitamin C? Purple cabbage. B6? Oh, you know, PURPLE CABBAGE.

Sure, this looks the brain of Barney the purple dinosaur, but trust us on this one. Purple cabbage can help heal stomach ulcers, reduce cholesterol, and provide anti-inflammatory nutrients, which is great for cancer prevention.

Best part? It makes any dish look festive and colorful. Boom.
NOTES:
To toast the pita chips, cut a pita bread round into 1-inch squares and toast in a nonstick pan over medium heat until golden brown and crispy on both sides. Keep and eye on them at all times, or else the fire alarm will go off and all your neighbors will hate you.

Use as many pita chips you want in the falafel bowl, and the remaining chips for dipping into hummus.

INGREDIENTS:
1 pita bread round, cut into 1-inch squares
1/2 romaine lettuce heart, rough chop
1 small cucumber, medium dice
1/2 cup purple cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 can chickpeas, rinsed
1/2 cup bell peppers, medium dice
1 roma tomato, small dice
mint leaves, cilantro, and chopped parsley to taste

- TARATOR DRESSING -

1-2 lemons, juiced
2 tbsp tahini
1 clove fresh garlic, crushed
2 tbsp water
small handful fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
pinch ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS:
Toast the pita squares in a nonstick pan over medium heat until browned and crispy on both sides. Set aside.
Combine all the tarator dressing ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together until combined. Set aside.
Combine all falafel bowl ingredients into a large bowl, and drizzle with the tarator dressing.
Take a picture of it, post it to social media, and use the hashtag #falafelaintawful. Just kidding, don’t do that.

What are your favorite toppings for the falafel bowl? Let us know in the comments below. 

-The Vegan In Sweatpants