Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Meditteranean Salad with Chickpea Fritters

If I see a recipe for falafel or some variation of that idea, I usually want to try it right away. This one was no exception. I always have chickpeas/garbanzo beans in my pantry and this recipe took minutes to prepare.

I didn't have tomatoes, red onion, or pita, but I really liked this salad with just the fritters, mixed greens, and the yogurt dressing. I made it for lunch for me and the girls and we ate the leftover fritters the next day just dipped in the yogurt sauce.

These fritters had good flavor-from the cumin and don't require alot of oil for cooking. Yay! for healthy lunches!

  • Meditteranean Salad with Chickpea Fritters from Real Simple Magazine
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (I used 1 Tbls)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt (preferably Greek)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Pita chips (optional)


1. In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas, parsley, garlic, cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper just until coarsely chopped and the mixture comes together when gently squeezed. Form into eight 1/2-inch-thick patties and coat with the flour, tapping off excess.

2. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties, turning carefully, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

3. In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Divide the greens, tomatoes, onion, and chickpea patties among plates. Drizzle with the dressing and serve with the pita chips, if using.

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The Food Librarian said...

Yum! These look fantastic!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I always have chickpeas in my pantry and never know what to do with them, other than to throw them into a pot of soup!

La Bella Cooks said...

Oooh, love the chickpea fritters! I am going to give this a try!

Anonymous said...

I like it! I'm going to have to try it soon.

Bella Baker said...

ooooh, those look delicious!! I am a big falafal and chickpea fan myself!! Love how easy this looks to make!

Sophie said...

I am so glad that this only has 2tbsp flour, that means it'll be easy to make gluten-free! This is just the kind of recipe I need right now. I've been eating a lot of beans and chickpeas lately... not nearly as tantalizing as this, though. So excited about this recipe!

Sarah said...

Mmm... I went to Greece several years ago, and being vegetarian, chickpea fritters were one of the few things I could eat. They were so delicious, and I haven't had one since - I'll have to try these out!

Tiffiny Felix said...

Yum, yum, yum...I'm so glad I found your site by happy accident! :)