Neil and I have decided that this is our new favourite meal, so I thought I’d share it with y’all.
The first time, try it exactly as it’s written here. The combination of the crunchy lettuce, tomato, falafel, lemon-tahini dressing and baguette must be tasted to be believed. After that, start adding greens or swapping out whole wheat bread or whatever else you feel you’ve gotta do.
This makes two meal-sized salads….
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup tahini
3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2-3 cloves garlic
3/4 cup chick peas
*You may recognize this “lemon-tahini dressing” as essentially hummus. I didn’t call it that because, if I did, you might just use bought hummus instead of making it yourself, and bought hummus ruins everything.
8 falafels, cooked according to instructions (I used PC falafels, which you can find in the “boxed meat” section of the grocery store)
8 slices white baguette (Ace are nice, especially the “bake yourself” ones). Put some Earth Balance on ’em if you’re feeling really decadent!
1) Divide the veggies onto two large plates.
2) Put the dressing ingredients into a large jar and whiz with a hand blender for one minute.
3) Arrange 4 falafels and 4 bread slices around the veggies on each plate.
4) Scoop about a 3/4 cup of dressing onto each salad and serve.