Deconstructed Falafel Salad


Total Time:

25 minutes



This Deconstructed Falafel Salad is loaded with all my favorite things from a Falafel Wrap! Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Radishes, Herbs, and a Lemon Vinaigrette to make it all shine!

Deconstructed Falafel Salad from (@whatsgabycookin)

Remember back in March when we talked about keeping a stocked pantry – feels like a lifetime ago right? Well, I’m still working my way through all the cans of chickpeas that I ordered from Thrive Market (there’s a code for $$$$ below!). I’ve made hummus, I’ve made Cheesy Skillet Chickpeas, I’ve done it all. Recently I was reminded of that incredible day in Paris when I basically taste tested by way through the Jewish quarter and ate ALL THE FALAFEL STUFFED PITAS. It’s clearly too hot these days to be firing up the fryer and making falafel, so I did the next best thing… I deconstructed all the flavors from said pita, and made it into a light and refreshing salad that requires almost no cooking!

We’re talking chickpeas, herbs, a bright lemon vin, feta, the WORKS. You could even add a tahini drizzle if you want to really seal the deal!

Deconstructed Falafel Salad

FYI: Just consider this your PSA for the day along with this recipe!! If you’re big on pantry cooking like me, Thrive Market is hands down one of the most time saving tools you could invest in. You can order all sorts of healthy pantry staples (plus meat, fish and more!) delivered directly to your door. AKA – you can skip the lines at the grocery store and spend more time with your fam and in the kitchen. I am OBSESSED. It’s basically a healthy version of Costco with your fav brands at discounted prices and I am so here for it! If you want to try it out, check it out and you’ll get $20 in shopping credit when you join Thrive Market! 

So order some chickpeas, make this Falafel Salad, and let’s all pretend to be on vacation somewhere delicious!

Deconstructed Falafel Salad

Deconstructed Falafel Salad

All your fav flavors from a perfectly fried falafel but in salad form! This is easily one of my fav summer salads!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to the package directions
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olives oil, plus more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2-3 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, halved (make sure the pit is removed)
  • 1 small bunch radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves (more whole leave to garnish)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill (more whole leave to garnish)
  • 4 ounces feta (the kind that comes in the brine) crumbled or cubed
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Once cooked, remove to a bowl and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the sliced cucumbers to the quinoa along with the chickpeas, tomatoes, olives, and radishes.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Fold in the mint and dill and taste, adding more lemon, vinegar, salt, or pepper if you feel the salad needs it. Scatter the feta over the top. Serve the salad topped with an extra drizzle of olive oil and Maldon salt.

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  1. Monika

    5 stars
    This sounds like the perfect summer party salad. So refreshing and full of flavor and textures.

  2. Megan

    5 stars
    I made this last night for our family – delicious! It was a flavorful and refreshing salad that is so easy to make. It was a perfect balance of being light yet leaves you feeling satisfied.

  3. Nancy D’Cruz

    5 stars
    Absolutely perfect, made this tonite to go with a grilled tri tip for the vegetarians in the crowd along with your hummus and baked pita chips. Thank you for always making me look so good!!

  4. Lisa Rothhaar

    5 stars
    Made this for lunches for the week and LOVE it. I added some a arugula for additional greens and swapped basil for dill (because that’s what we had).
    This is easy and perfect for meal prep; holds up really well. Thanks!

  5. Linda T

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Made this to bring for my lunch at work This week. Packed it up in individual containers and drizzled each with tahini. Tastes even better in day two as the flavors really melded! Sprinkled some pepitas on before eating for an added crunch!
    Will definitely make again!

  6. Erin

    5 stars
    Amazing!!! Didn’t change a thing. Although I did think about frying my chickpeas next time. Yummy!! Thanks again.

  7. Samantha

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! Was able to make it quickly on my lunchbreak and it kept me full all day long. I left out the dill and mint (just due to not having), but it was still delicious. Going to be in my weekly routine!

  8. Selena Fletcher

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SALAD exactly as the recipe states. My daughter is a huge fan of yours. She bought me, “what’s Gaby Cooking, ” a couple of years ago because we love to cook to feed a crowd. I was looking for a summer salad and found this on your site.