Homemade Falafel Lettuce Wraps with Zesty Tzatziki

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My dear sister Lindsay recently completed her first Wild Rose Detox, so we enjoyed a flurry of preparation and cooking to get her ready and keep her on track. Our biggest success was the following falafel recipe from the cleansing cookbook (with some modifications) that I’ve been wanting to make for years but was intimidated for some reason (possibly my strong reverence for falafel balls). Shame on me! It was simple, and now I’m a falafel making machine. I whipped up the tzatziki myself, and used dill instead of mint, which turned out just lovely with the warm salty balls. Mmm-mm!

Ingredients: Falafel

2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 flax egg (instructions)

1/3 cup tahini

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1/4 cup green onions, chopped

Ingredients: Tzatziki

175g container of soy yogurt

1/2 long english cucumber, grated

juice of 1 lemon

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp finely diced red onion

1/4 cup chopped dill

Method for Falafel:

Preheat oven to 375F. Place chickpeas, garlic, ‘egg’, tahini, salt, cumin and turmeric in a food processor and puree until chunky-smooth. Occasionally scrape down the sides.

Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and add parsley and green onions, mixing well.

Roll 1 1/2 – 2 inch balls in the palm of your hand and place on an oiled cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, checking often. You can also rub them with oil and put broil on at the end to create a crispy finish.

Method for Tzatziki:

This is a tough one. Combine all ingredients and mix well.

You can serve this delicious combo in so many different ways. Try a pita wrap packed with fresh veggies, on top of brown rice with some pumpkin seeds and hummus, or as shown in lettuce wraps with an assortment of fresh sides. Grated carrots, chopped parsley and diced red pepper worked really well together.


~The Vegan Project







  1. lol @ warm, salty balls.

  2. gretchen says:

    Would it work to also fry these?

  3. this was good and really easy to make, thank you 🙂

  4. I stumbled upon your recipe and it is simple and outstanding; simply outstanding. The whole family loved it with Pita. Thank you for sharing such a healthfully delicious meal.


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