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Baked Falafel Quinoa Bowls

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Bowls packed with fresh, delicious goodness!  Oven baked falafel bowls are stacked with protein-rich quinoa grains, crispy falafel, tangy feta, crunchy greens and simple homemade tzatziki layered with fresh herbs.  Simple to put together, but hard to put down!

scooping tzatziki with a piece of falafel

Ready for some lunch you can feel good about and enjoy? Light and full of fresh flavors but seriously filling, these baked falafel bowls are addictingly delicious and make for great meal prep or as a make-ahead option.

Why we’re obsessed with these right now:

  • baked falafel that’s better than fried
  • protein-packed prepped quinoa
  • crunchy cukes and greens
  • flavor boosting fresh herbs
  • tangy tzatziki
  • salty feta
  • garlicky, crispy naan strips

Plus, the great thing is you can totally make these your own too!  Chopped tomatoes, olives, crispy chickpeas – the possibilities are endless and delicious.  Lucky us.

side angle of falafel quinoa bowls stuffed with ingredients

How to make falafel quinoa bowls

The very best part is that you can do this all at once or in steps.  Usually, I like to meal prep a bunch of quinoa to have in salads throughout the week, so cool quinoa is already in my fridge waiting to be used.

Quinoa can be a bit bland on its own.  You can add flavor to your quinoa by cooking it with stock (vegetable or chicken) and add fresh herbs (like dill and mint).  Don’t forget to season it with salt.

When making the bowls, you can use hot or cold quinoa.  If you want it more like a salad, then try using it cold.  If you want it more like a main dish, try it hot.  It’s up to you!

ingredients in separate bowls

CHOOSE YOUR GREENS….

I’m slightly obsessed with tuscan kale and pretty much use it whenever possible. Soup, salad, pasta, you name it.  But if kale doesn’t fit your vibe, you can swap it out for any greens on hand:

  • romaine
  • spinach
  • steamed broccoli
  • baby lettuces
  • mixed greens

For these falafel bowls, we toss the greens simply with lemon and olive oil – a little fat, a little acid – then season with salt and pepper.  If you have a favorite greek dressing or want a little tahini and spice, feel free to substitute!

collage of how to make falafel quinoa bowls

Tzatziki is a non-negotiable topping here.  It’s creamy, cool, packed with flavor and dipping that crispy falafel is *kisses fingers* divine.

It’s an extra step, so if you want to grab store-bought tzatziki go for it, but since we’re already chopping up dill and cukes for the quinoa, we can chop a little extra for the yogurt and have it done fast.

three bowls stuffed with falafel quinoa bowl ingredeints

Crispy naan strips

It’s hard to pick a favorite ingredient in these bowls of Mediterranean goodness, but those crispy naan strips are high, high up on the list.  They’re a little indulgent from the pan frying and a little salty with garlic bread vibes.  Best of all they are super simple.  

A quick pan-fry, season, and slice.  They make the perfect carby companion to the lighter parts of this dish.

falafel and tzatziki close up in a bowl

As we roll into warmer temps and days filled with long lasting sunshine, let’s amp up the fresh eats.  If you’re in the mood for more protein packed veggie meals, serve up some chickpea shawarma salad, kale and sprout tacos, or quick pantry-items only pasta.

If you made this dish, please leave a comment and a rating below!  Don’t forget to snap a pic of your eats and post it with the pin on Pinterest!

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Baked Falafel Quinoa Bowls


  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Packed full of delicious goodness!  These baked falafel bowls have become a regular make ahead lunch or ‘I don’t feel like cooking’ dinner in our house.  You’ll love the layers of protein rich vegetarian ingredients, crunchy veggies and fresh herbs!


Ingredients

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Baked Falafel Quinoa Bowls

  • 12 pieces oven baked falafel
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon dill finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint finely chopped
  • 3 cups shredded kale or other greens about 1 small head
  • 1 tablesoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbles
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup tzatzikin sauce
  • crispy naan strips

Oven Baked Falafel

  • 1 can chickpeas 15.5 ounce
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium carrot finely grated
  • 3 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Crispy Naan Strips

  • 1 naan flatbread
  • 1 tablespoon flatbread
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Homemade tzatziki

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 English cucumber peeled, deseeded, and finely chopped or grated
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Prepare the falafel.  Drain and rinse the chickpeas.  In the food processor, pulse the parsley and cilantro 4 to 5 times to give a rough chop.  Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until combined and mostly smooth, some roughly chopped pieces are fine.  Let the falafel mixture sit for 1 hour to thicken.
  2. Heat the oven to 400°F.  Coat a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.  While the oven preheats, form the falafel patties.  Roll 2 tablespoons of falafel mix into a ball then lightly press into a disk about 1/2 inch thick.  Place on the oiled sheet tray and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, carefully flipping half way through.  Season with a sprinkle of salt immediately after baking.
  3. Make the crispy naan.  In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over high heat.  Cook the bread for 1 to 2 minutes each side until golden brown.  Immediate season each side with salt and garlic powder after cooking while the oil is still hot.  Let cool slightly on a cutting board and slice into strips.
  4. Prepare the tzatziki.  Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  5. Prepare the falafel quinoa bowls.  In a medium bowl, combine the kale (or greens), olive oil, and lemon juice.  Toss together and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Alternatively, if you have a favorite greek dressing or tahini sauce that can be substituted.  Divide the greens between four bowls.  Alongside the greens, divide the cooked quinoa betweel the four bowls – the quinoa can be served hot or cold.
  6. Top with cucumers, feta crumbles, a dollop of tzatziki, and serve with crispy naan strips.  Serve each bowl with 3 to 4 pieces of falafel.

Notes

  • additional topping options: chopped tomatoes, olives, crispy chick peas
  • to save time you can prepare the falafel on a different day and reheat
  • store-bought tzatziki is an easy, time saving swap
  • Category: main dishes
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: mediterranean

Keywords: quinoa bowls, falafel bowls, oven baked falafel, mediterranean falafel bowls

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