I love baked falafel all year around. In the summer I often enjoy it with a salad. But during the winter time I really don't feel like eating salads. On top of that, the tomatoes are just not nice in the winter time. In France we tend to eat with the seasons and there are good reasons for that. 😉
So, to still be able to enjoy my favourite baked falafel in winter time, I substituted the traditional refreshing accompaniments with nutty winter vegetables. And it works great!
Baked falafel is so versatile...
For a more wintery option;
I used roasted cauliflower. I love the nutty flavours which release while roasting the florets, and for a bit of tang I roasted them with lemon zest. Very tasty! To add some green leaves to it, I decided on fresh spinach quickly sautéed with garlic. And to finish I drizzled some toasted sunflower seeds on top, which adds nicely to all these warm nutty flavours.
The falafel I kept as normal,... how I like it. Baked, for the lighter option and lots of herbs. This falafel recipe is just really nice, easy and quick. It is not according traditional recipe, but it works really well, and tastes delicious.
For the summery option;
So in summer I still use the same recipe for the falafel, but I add refreshing salads. Such as; Fresh tomatoes, cucumber, radis and leavy green salad. Sometimes with a refreshing vinaigrette with flavours like lemon, lime, and the addition of extra herbs like mint & coriander.
Baked Falafel sauces
For the sauce, you can use whichever you prefer most. I often use in the winter more the warming ones like hot red pepper sauce. And maybe for the summer more the refreshing ones. But really go for whatever you feel like, or create your own favourite.
- vegan tzatziki (or other vegan yoghurt sauce)
- a garlicy sauce, or vegan aioli
- spicy tomato sauce
- hot roasted red pepper sauce
- or even a vegan mayonnaise
For home made pita bread; Check out my Batbout recipe on this website.
What to drink with baked falafel?
Personally I wouldn't make it to complicated with a dish like this. Most likely I would just grab a nice cold lager, or a craft beer. But if you do prefer to enjoy a glass of wine, a medium bodied Chardonnay would fit the overall flavours of this dish very well, or a Riesling would pair nicely too.
A great lunch, starter, quick snack or even on an apero platter ,falafel fits it all. I particularly like this recipe because it is just what it should be, easy, quick and delicious. The uploaded recipe is my winter baked falafel recipe. But easy to adjust into a summer dish by changing the veggies with refreshing salads. Let me know if you use this recipe, and don't forget to add @haricoco1 to your instagram posts. I always love seeing new creations. Enjoy!
This baked falafel recipe is part of my new series; 'Travels of taste'. We use our taste buds to travel the world and discover the use of our senses and imaginations to meet other cultures through food. So today we find ourselves around the Mediterranean. If you are ready to imagine yourself travelling around the Mediterranean while sensing its salty air & hot summers and tasting its incredible variety of fresh food. Check out my full Mediterranean 'travels of taste' post; >>> The Med; Olive oil, herbs & fresh produce.