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Chickpea Falafel Patties with Apple Bean Salsa

by ADMIN on JULY 11, 2011

This meal. This meal is incredible. Crunchy, tender, sweet, and tart. This recipe has it all. My husband liked it so much he went back for seconds and thirds. Thirds! That’s a true testament to delicious meal.

And the Apple Bean salsa tastes great alone as a zippy side salad.

Chickpea Falafel Patties with Apple Bean Salsa

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 35 mins Serves: 4

This recipe has zing, crunch, and taste. Not to mention nutrition. Yum!


  • 1 x 15 oz can of No Salt Added chickpeas, reserve half the liquid

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • ⅓ cup whole wheat bread crumbs

  • ⅓ cup oatmeal, ground

  • 1 egg and 1 egg white

  • 1 tsp curry powder

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

  • 2-3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

  • ⅓ cup low fat sour cream OR fat free Greek yogurt

  • 3 Tbsp lime juice

  • 2 tsp dried dill weed

  • 2 apples, deseeded and julienned

  • 1 small red bell pepper, deseeded and diced

  • 1 cup corn, fresh or canned (rinsed and drained)

  • ½ of a 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • 2-3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

  • Salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste

  • 4 Medium sized whole wheat pita pockets, cut in half


  1. Preheat oven to 350F

  2. Grind chickpeas, chickpea liquid, and garlic in a food processor until smooth. Empty into a bowl and mix in bread crumbs, ground oatmeal, eggs, curry, cumin, ½ tsp cayenne pepper, and 2-3 Tbsp cilantro. Drop batter in to 2 to 3 inch patties onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  3. Bake for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, mix together sour cream/Greek yogurt, 3 Tbsp lime juice, and dried dill in a small bowl to make the topping.

  5. In a medium bowl, mix together apples, red bell pepper, corn, ¼ cup lime juice, 2-3 Tbsp cilantro, and salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.

  6. Place a couple falafel patties, a couple Tbsps sour cream topping, and about ⅓ to ½ cup of the apple bean salsa in each half pita. You can even enjoy the apple bean salsa as a side salad!



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