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Vegan Fried Falafel

This vegan fried falafel alongside greek salad is incredibly tasty, and the flavors will make your mouth watering! You’ll thank me after serving this! This recipe will satisfy your body as well as your taste buds! These are packed with plant-based ingredients. You won’t regret to air frying this. Surely, you can do this twice if you want. This fried falafel recipe is adaptable; it may be served alongside any vegan food.


vegan fried falafel


What Exactly Is Falafel?

Falafels are deep-fried balls or patties prepared from chickpeas or fava beans, or a combination of the two, with fresh herbs and spices. Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern street snack found in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Israel, where it is the national dish. Falafel is a popular vegetarian and vegan dish as well. It’s eaten in pita sandwiches with pickles, spicy sauce, tahini, and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce; as part of a mezze spread with hummus, tabbouleh, and grape leaves; or as a salad or side with hummus.


Vegan Globetrotter Tips

  • On a paper towel, drain the chickpeas. It’s critical to drain the canned chickpeas thoroughly and, preferably, to dry them out even more with paper towels. Because we’re not using much flour in this recipe, making sure the canned chickpeas are completely drained and dried prevents your falafel from becoming too soggy on the interior.
  • Place the frozen dough in the freezer for 20 minutes before frying. This allows them to be extremely solid and hold their shape while frying.
  • Make them gluten-free by using gluten-free flour. You can simply make these falafels gluten-free by replacing regular wheat flour with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.
  • This falafel can also be baked. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F, then flip them and bake for another 10-15 minutes.


Storing Tips

Falafel that has been left over keeps well in the fridge for 4-5 days. They’re also freezer-friendly, so you can freeze them before or after cooking.

No air fryer and planning to buy one? Read this: Review: Benefits of the Ninja Air Fryer AF 101. I hope it helps.

Pro Tip: If you don’t want to use cashews, this meal also goes well with Tahini Dipping Sauce.

Looking for more versatile dressing? Don’t worry, Vegan Globetrotter will satisfy your craving with one of our dressings:


Well, this recipe is easy to make, though it has a lot of ingredients. My recipe card is easy to follow. You have nothing to worry about with the ingredients they have on hand. Go to your kitchen, get your air-fryer, and have this vegan fried falafel on your plate.


Try Our Vegan Fried Falafel:

vegan fried falafel

Vegan Fried Falafel

With hot falafel, flavorful dressing, and a variety of chopped vegetables, this vegan fried falafel is really delightful.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean Vegan
Servings 10 Falafel
Calories 2179 kcal


  • Air-Fryer


For Greek Salad-Fried Falafel:

  • 14-15 oz chickpeas garbanzo beans, undrained (16 oz), no salt added
  • 3 oz zucchini shredded
  • 2-3 oz onion finely chopped
  • 3 oz parsley fresh, packed
  • 3-4 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1-2 tbsp cumin ground
  • ¾ tsp coriander ground
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 6-7 cups romaine chopped
  • 2-3 cups bulgur chilled and cooked
  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small cucumber cut into ½-inch slices
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp Kalamata olives slivered
  • ¼ cup cashews raw, soaked 15-20 minutes in hot water
  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4-5 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 8 tbsp almond milk unsweetened, unflavored plant milk, such as soy, cashew, or rice


For Greek Salad-Fried Falafel:

  • Stir the aquafaba, chickpeas, and the remaining six ingredients (through coriander). Pulse till smooth. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then, preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
  • For The Falafel: From the chickpea mixture into 10 balls (3 tbsp each) then flatten them using your palm. Air-fry for 15 minutes till golden and firm.
  • For The Salad: On a serving dish, assemble the next six ingredients (through the olives).
  • For The Dressing: In a food processor, stir mustard, vinegar, cashews, and garlic. Close and pulse till creamy. Slowly add the milk till the mixture is creamy.
  • Enjoy the falafel on salad and pour with your favorite dressing.
Keyword air-fried, falafel, fried falafel, Greek salad, plant-based, vegan

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