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Raw Falafel Buddha Bowls | A Couple Cooks

Raw Falafel

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A vegan and gluten-free main dish, these buddha bowls feature raw falafel that are quick and simple (made without a dehydrator) and a tahini dressing.



For the raw falafel*

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (plus 1/4 cup if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion or shallot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 handfuls cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper

For the dressing

For the buddha bowls

  • 12 cups mixed baby salad greens
  • 2 rainbow carrots
  • 3 to 4 radishes (or Pickled Radishes)
  • 1 beet


  1. Soak 1 cup of the sunflower seeds for 15 minutes, then drain. While soaking, mince the onion and garlic. In a food processor, blend the sunflower seeds until they form a paste, stopping and scraping the bowl often, until crumbly and paste-like. To the bowl of the food processor, add the onion, garlic, cilantro, coriander, cumin, tahini, lemon juice, kosher salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Blend until uniformly chopped and the mixture is sticky. If necessary, add additional raw sunflower seeds (2 to 4 tablespoons) and pulse until the raw seeds are roughly chopped and the mixture becomes sticky and formable. If the dough is too dry, add water 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Form the mixture into 14 to 16 balls, each about 1 inch in diameter.
  2. Make the Best Lemon Tahini Sauce. Reserve extra dressing for later use; it keeps for about 1 month in a sealed container in the refrigerator (bring the dressing to room temperature before serving).
  3. Shred the carrots, or peel them into ribbons. Wash the beets and carefully peel them (the red juice stains easily!). Shred the beet in a food processor (preferred) or a box grater (the messy way)
  4. To serve, place the greens in shallow bowls. Top with falafel and vegetables, and drizzle with dressing.


*Note: The falafel recipe is easy to double, so consider making double the amount of falafel and saving leftovers in the refrigerator. The dressing is a substantial portion and may be enough for 8 servings.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Keywords: Falafel, Raw Falafel, Buddha Bowl, Nourish Bowl, Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Tahini Sauce