Falafel may seem like a mysterious food, but it is actually quite simple to make at home. Chickpeas, cumin, and parsley are the main ingredients that give falafel it’s distinguishable flavor. Beyond that, there are endless ways to customize this traditional middle eastern snack. In this recipe, we added beets to the mixture for a festive holiday twist – RED falafel bites! Aside from the color, the beets also add a rich earthy flavor. And even if you’re not a huge beet fan, we can guarantee you’ll still love these (speaking from experience).
To keep this appetizer simple and healthy we decided to pan fry these babies, instead of deep frying. You can still achieve a deep golden color by pan frying the falafel. Plus, this way you don’t have to deal with a huge pot of hot oil. Win! Instead of making traditional falafel balls, you’ll make mini falafel patties that are perfect for dipping, dunking and smothering in tasty toppings. They mini falafel patties will also stay put on pita, so get creative and dress them up however you like (pictured here: pita, hummus, kale, parsley and carrots). Happy snacking and happy holidays!
For a light and tasty twist, we opted to use chickpeas as the base for this salad, but if you’re craving a more classic chicken salad recipe, you can easily swap or add shredded chicken. Also instead of serving on toasted bread, we recommend using crisp butter lettuce cups, which can even be rolled up and enjoyed on the go as a wrap!