Raw Falafel Salad

Raw Food Recipe - Raw Falafel Salad

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.

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

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).

Raw Falafel Recipe

Raw Food Recipe - Falafel Chickpeas
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked and sprouted (will be 2 cups after sprouting)
  • 1/4 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder (I like chipotle, in case you hadn’t noticed)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ cup ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ½ cup water
  1. Grind all ingredients in a food processor until broken down and mixture holds together when pressed.
  2. 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.
  3. Roll all 14 into balls and dehydrate at 115F for 6 to 10 hours, depending on how dry you want them.
  4. Serve with salad, parsnip rice and cashew sour cream.



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  1. Susan Sanders

    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.

    • Russell

      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.

  2. Jesse-Gabriel

    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

  3. Lorri Lynn Wilson

    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?

    • Russell

      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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