This Falafel Sandwich recipe features a pita stuffed with greens, hummus, falafel patties, and your favorite veggies. Drizzle falafel-stuffed pitas with a creamy garlic sauce. Serve your sandwich in a pocket, as a wrap, or even as a salad!
Add some tahini sauce to your favorite plant-based Mediterranean dishes!
Falafel sandwiches are a favorite recipe when it’s time to get healthy. Why? Because they’re loaded with greens, hummus, and flavorful falafel. And the falafel is made from chickpeas and other fresh ingredients. That makes this a filling sandwich.
And isn’t that what we’re all after anyway? To feel full. Not hungry. This sandwich checks that box in the most delicious ways!
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Falafel — You can make baked falafel or air fryer falafel.
- Pita bread pockets — I prefer using whole wheat pita because they have added fiber and nutrition.
- Olive oil — We’ll use a bit of olive oil to toast the pita.
- Veggies — You can use your favorite veggies, but I recommend sliced tomatoes and cucumbers for color and fresh flavors.
- Hummus — This is my favorite condiment, and my green hummus is the best!
- Romaine lettuce — I prefer romaine because it’s crunchy and nutritious. You can substitute your favorite greens here.
- Vegan yogurt — I recommend using plain yogurt (not vanilla-flavored). My favorite brand is Forager, but Silk has a nice plain yogurt too.
- Tahini — This is a sesame paste that’s also commonly used to make hummus. You can find it in the health food aisles or the International section of most stores.
- Garlic powder — That flavor of raw garlic is too overpowering, so I recommend garlic powder, or you could use the tender cloves from garlic confit.
- Lemon juice — You can use fresh lemon juice or from a bottle.
How to Make Falafel Sandwiches
Here are the steps to make this recipe:
- Make the falafel by baking them, frying them in a skillet, or cooking them in an air fryer.
- Prepare veggies by washing, peeling, chopping, and slicing.
- Toast the pita by cooking them in a skillet with oil over medium heat. Place a skillet over medium heat. Cook pita for approximately 2 minutes on each side until lightly browned.
- Mix the vegan garlic tahini sauce by stirring together the ingredients in a small bowl.
- Assemble the pita sandwiches by cutting toasted pita rounds in half, then stuffing each pita pocket with greens, hummus, 2 to 3 falafel, and chopped veggies.
- Drizzle each falafel sandwich with tahini sauce.
To serve your sandwich gyro style, simply leave the pita flat. Place the fillings on top of the flat pita, and drizzle with tahini sauce. This makes a great vegetarian wrap!
Store individual ingredients separately in the fridge to assemble sandwiches throughout the week. You can freeze cooked falafel patties and then reheat them in a microwave or toaster oven until heated through.
This Sandwich Explained
What’s in this tasty Mediterranean sandwich? Let’s break it down:
- Pita. A pita is a type of flatbread that usually features a pocket inside. This pocket results from being baked in a hot oven. That pocket makes pita the best falafel bread for sandwich purposes. You can choose from white, whole wheat, low carb, and even gluten-free pita bread. A pocketless pita is also an option, and in that case, you would serve your pita sandwich more like a pita wrap, or gyro style.
- Falafel. You can use a mix, but homemade is much better.
- Greens. I recommend filling the pocket with lots of healthy greens, such as romaine lettuce. It’s a crispy green and also very healthy.
- Hummus. Any hummus will do, such as this Caramelized Onion Hummus or this Carrot Hummus.
- Veggies. Chopped veggies make the best falafel sandwich fillings. Add your favorite veggies, such as cherry tomatoes, sliced red onions, diced cucumbers, and more. Other non-traditional toppings are fried or grilled onions, sauerkraut, chopped olives, and avocados.
- Creamy Tahini Sauce. Of course, drizzling some creamy tahini sauce on top is amazing.
These ingredients combined together makes the best falafel food ever!
What is a falafel sandwich made of?
A falafel sandwich is made with a pita pocket, stuffed with a number of ingredients including hummus, greens, falafel patties, and veggies. You will oftentimes see a creamy sauce drizzled over the top, like a yogurt tahini sauce.
Is a falafel sandwich healthy?
To make your falafel sandwich as healthy as possible, use whole wheat pita bread. You can also stuff it with lots of healthy greens, and baked or air fried falafel rather than traditional fried patties.
What to Serve with Falafel Sandwiches
Make a Falafel Sandwich Salad
Trying to reduce carbs? Going gluten-free? You’ll love this little switch I make. You can serve your sandwich in salad form.
Lay out the greens in a large bowl or plate. Then top with hummus, chopped veggies, three to four falafel, and drizzle with the tahini sauce. Add a couple of gluten-free pieces of pita on the side if you’d like or add a few chopped nuts for crunch. Either way, this is a tasty alternative to the sandwich!
For the Falafel
Vegan Garlic Tahini Sauce
- 1 cup vegan plain yogurt (not vanilla flavored)
- 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste – see notes for substitutes)
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Prepare the falafel as directed in the recipe.
- Prepare veggies washing, peeling, chopping and slicing.
- Place a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Cook pita for approximately 2 minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Set aside and repeat with remaining pitas, or however many pitas you're making.
For the Vegan Garlic Tahini Sauce
- Prepare the vegan garlic tahini sauce by combining the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
Pita Sandwich Assembly
- To assemble the pita sandwiches, cut toasted pita rounds in half. Stuff the pocket of each pita pocket with greens, hummus, 2–3 falafel, and chopped veggies. Drizzle the falafel sandwich with tahini sauce.
- Store individual ingredients separately in the fridge to assemble sandwiches throughout the week. You can freeze cooked falafel patties. Reheat in the microwave or toaster oven until heated through.
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That’s it for these falafel pita pockets. Enjoy!