Roasted Carrot Falafel Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing

  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Salad, Gluten Free


  • 4 cups diced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more for cooking with
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons flour, gluten free if necessary
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on your heat level
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup cilantro leaves

Citrus Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 36 tablespoons water, depending on how thick you would like the dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 cups spring mix, or desired lettuce
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place diced carrots on a large sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat and roast for about 25 minutes, until carrots are fork tender. Let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the falafel ingredients plus the carrots to a food processor and process for 30 seconds – 1 minute, until everything is mixed together. You can leave it however chunky you would like. Scoop mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove mixture from the refrigerator and, using your hands, form into small balls or disks, about 1 tablespoon per ball. Place falafels on a sheet pan lined with wax or parchment paper and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Place falafels into the pan and cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side, until browned and heated through.
  5. Assemble the salad either in a large bowl or smaller serving bowls by layering lettuce, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, feta, falafels, and dressing with desired amount of dressing.