Walnut Falafel with Tzatziki



For the Walnut Falafel
2 cups California walnuts
2 1/2 cups garbanzo beans (cooked)
1 tbsp. garlic (chopped)
1 tbsp. parsley (chopped)
1 tbsp. fresh mint (chopped)
1 tbsp. cumin (ground)
1 tsp. sea salt
black pepper, to taste
canola oil for frying
For the Tzatziki Sauce
1 cup Greek yoghurt (2% fat)
1/2 cup cucumber (peeled, seeded, coarsely shredded)
1/4 cup celery (coarsely shredded)
2 tbsp. lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. walnut oil (optional)


Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with this simple, yet flavorful vegetarian recipe. Serve garnished on top of flatbread or mix into a salad for a quick and delicious meal.


Walnut Falafel

Whisk together all tzatziki sauce ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth, being careful not to over mix.

Process all falafel ingredients except oil in a food processor until well mixed.

Form 24 small balls or patties and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Fry in canola oil in large skillet for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown; drain on paper towels. Serve warm with Tzatziki Sauce. Falafel may also be placed on a baking sheet and brushed with foil; bake at 200 °C for 20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

Optional Assembly on Flatbread or Salad

Grill flatbread on both sides to warm. Place walnut falafel on bread and smear with tzatziki.

Garnish with chopped tomato, lettuce and cucumber. Top with chopped California walnuts and drizzle with walnut oil and olive oil, if desired.