Raw Falafel Salad

Sometimes a recipe just comes together first time, and this is one of those times.

This recipe has ‘salad’ in the title, but the hearty raw falafels, parsnip rice and cashew sauces make this is more of a main meal.

I wanted to make a raw falafel recipe that didn’t rely on nuts as the base ingredient, so I sprouted up some chickpeas to see how they’d fair with a little ground almond for extra fluffiness.

Once dehydrated the chickpeas take on a much less distinct flavour, but if it’s still not doing if for you – or whoever you’re serving to – I recommend steaming the sprouted chickpeas for 5 to 7 minutes.  This way you’re getting the best of both worlds by lightly cooking.  This can also help with digestion, because some people have trouble with raw chickpeas.

I’ve served here with Raw Parsnip Rice, and Cashew Sour Cream.  The red Cashew Sour Cream is made by adding a little red bell pepper, chilli powder and paprika (a some cumin if you fancy it).

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Raw Falafel


Nutrition (For one serving)

Calories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 449mgPotassium: 173mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 168IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg


  • 1 cup chickpeas (soaked and sprouted – will be 2 cups after sprouting)
  • 1/4 onion roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (fresh coriander)
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder (I like chipotle)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander (coriander powder)
  • ¼ cup ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • ½ cup water


  • Grind all ingredients in a food processor until broken down and mixture holds together when pressed.
  • Use a ¼ cup measure to portion out mixture on to a nonstick sheet. This should give you around 7 portions, which you’ll then cut in half, so you have 14 portions.
  • Roll all 14 into balls and dehydrate at 115F for 6 to 10 hours, depending on how dry you want them.
  • Serve with salad, parsnip rice and cashew sour cream.


The recipe and the nutrition notes are just for the falafel themselves.
In the picture they are served with salad, parsnip rice and cashew sour cream.
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February 14th, 2018

11 thoughts on “Raw Falafel Salad”

  1. Thank you for this recipe, Russell! It’s great to find raw recipes that are less calorie dense and that don’t rely on nuts as the main ingredients. I followed the recipe exactly using a food processor and it turned out well. The mixture was so tasty I couldn’t resist eating some before it was dehydrated. I promptly made a second batch with some extra sprouted chickpeas I was saving for a different recipe!

  2. DO NOT ADD ANY WATER. I followed the recipe exactly (using a vitamix) and added the water. My mixture was like a smoothie…. I had to dump a ton of oat flour into it so that I could make it into a mush. There was still no way I could roll it into balls…. 🙁

    • Hey Daniela. I just had a look at this recipe after your comment and I think you must have been off with the measurements somewhere.

      There’s no way 2 cups of chickpeas and half a cup of water makes a smoothie consistency. Especially with the addition of the other items, including the 1/4 cup ground almonds. In fact I’d go so far as to say you’d have trouble getting the mixture moving at all in a Vitmix because it would be too dry for that, which is why I suggest a food processor.

      Are you saying you didn’t add any water over the 1/2 cup in the recipe?

  3. I am making the raw falafel salad and ran into a snag. I tried soaking and sprouting the chickpeas without success. Twice now. They never sprouted and turned rancid. So, I am using
    organic canned chickpeas instead. My question is now that they are cooked already do I still do the dehydrator process or put them in the oven? Also, the mixture is very runny so I
    added more almond flour to the mix.

    • Sounds like you didn’t have great chickpeas; it’s difficult to know without knowing your full process.

      The falafel go into the dehydrator to firm up, so yes, they should still go in.

  4. oh so ein tolles Rezept, ich werde es ganz bald nachmachen, danke!
    Ich kaufe Kichererbsen im Bio Laden dort steht auf vielen Sorten extra drauf, keimfähig.
    Viele Grüße sendet
    Jesse-Gabriel aus Berlin

  5. Are you purchasing special beans to sprout like this? Can you sprout most beans and eat them raw? I don’t eat chickpeas. Can I do this with Pink Or Roman Beans that I buy at the grocery store?

    • Yes, I just buy dry chickpeas and soak/sprout them. Not all beans can be eaten raw like this, no. Kidney beans, for example have to be cooked or they are toxic.


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