If you have falafel or falafel wraps on your menu tonight, here’s my list of tasty and easy ways to decide what to serve with falafel!
Falafel is a vegetarian, meatball-like treat made from a mixture of chickpeas or fava beans, fresh herbs, and spices, then formed into small patties or balls.
Here’s my list of some really good side options that pair well with the layered flavors of falafel…
…from the citrusy snap of our recipe for Lemon Rice to the yummy eggplant dip Baba Ganoush and Olive Salad and of course creamy snack/dip/side dish Hummus!
I’m making myself hungry—I’m not sure there’s a single Greek/Lebanese/Mediterranean dish that I don’t absolutely love.
We love making lists of delicious foods that traditionally go with falafel.
But #1 and #13 just might surprise you!
Get to know even more about this hearty, plant-based food here in our Falafel FAQ.
It features a slightly grainy, meatball-like texture, and a slightly minty and herby taste.
Though it’s delicious on its own, pairing it with the right falafel side dishes makes the food extraordinary and more enjoyable to consume.
Deciding what to eat with falafel?
Today, you’ll be unlocking some of the most delectable falafel sides, ones that should bring out the best flavor of your favorite Mediterranean finger food!
Table Of Contents
- 1. Kimchi
- 2. Lemon Rice
- 3. Tzatziki
- 4. Sauteed Mushrooms
- 5. Israeli Salad
- 6. Olive Salad
- 7. Baba Ganoush
- 8. Hummus
- 9. Dolmas
- 10. Avocado Sauce
- 11. Pickled Onions
- 12. Roasted Chickpeas
- 13. Cilantro Lime Sauce
- 14. Tahini Sauce
- 15. Pickled Turnips
- 16. Tabouli Salad
- 17. Homemade Pita Bread
- The bottom line
- What to serve with falafel
Let’s start with kimchi.
It’s a side dish consisting of pickled vegetables such as napa cabbage and Korean radish.
Its taste varies depending on the seasoning ingredients.
But kimchi’s common flavor is the combination of spiciness and tanginess with a nice crunch.
Here is an FAQ how to best store kimchi, too.
2. Lemon Rice
What’s a good side dish for falafel?
Don’t forget the lemon rice!
This five-ingredient entry features a lemony flavor profile with a beautiful aroma suit to complement the heavenly taste of your falafel.
It’s best to cook the rice in vegetable broth instead of water as it adds flavor and richness to the food.
Another good side to falafel is tzatziki.
It’s a dipping sauce made from English cucumber, Greek yogurt, garlic, dill, and lemon juice.
It has a creamy taste with a hint of the garlic flavor profile.
You can also serve this dip with your favorite chicken, grilled veggies, or even pita chips.
Sauteed mushrooms isn’t just for grilled chicken or pork, it complements your falafel too!
This simple side dish features ingredients you likely have in the kitchen.
All you need is olive oil, water, butter, mushrooms, and a 30-minute block of your time (or less)!
Here’s a few tips for washing mushrooms (and why we think it’s important).
If you’re still wondering what goes with falafel, then try pairing it with salads, particularly this Israeli salad.
Apart from its refreshing flavor, what I like about this recipe is its versatility and simplicity.
The dish mixes Persian cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, onion, fresh parsley (or you can use dried parsley), olive oil, and vinegar.
The best part?
It’s easy to put together too!
6. Olive Salad
Another salad dish that complements the flavor and texture of falafel is the olive salad.
The recipe is full of garlicky and briny flavor, thanks to the combination of black and green olives, roasted red peppers, red onion, cloves, red wine vinegar, dried basil, and oregano as well as the giardiniera.
Making an olive salad is straightforward.
Just combine all the ingredients in a bowl, then refrigerate it for an hour before serving it at the table.
Baba ganoush is a Mediterranean dish that’s often served together with pita bread, raw veggies, and of course…falafel.
It combines eggplant, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic, resulting in an irresistibly smooth, smoky, and savory dip!
Also, you can include ground cumin, smoked paprika, and fresh parsley in the mixture if you want the extra flavor in your dip.
If you’re new to hummus, it’s a kind of spread or dip made from chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and tahini (a condiment made out of ground hulled sesame seeds).
It’s so creamy if you remove the hulls from the cooked chick peas before processing.
Feel free to add more ingredients like roasted red pepper, pine nuts, and kalamata olives to flavor your hummus.
Also known as stuffed grape leaves, dolmas is a Mediterranean dish packed with exciting flavors coming from the combination of rice, lean ground meat, herbs, and spices like cumin and allspice.
You can serve them next to your main courses such as Greek lamb, roasted chicken, grilled lamb chops, or alongside tzatziki, greek salad, tabouli, and falafel.
10. Avocado Sauce
Imagine having a warm falafel dunked into an irresistible avocado sauce.
The recipe is so simple to make and requires no cooking.
Plus, you only need avocado, olive oil, cilantro, lemon juice, and garlic to put them together.
If you would like, you can add in additional ingredients like cherry tomatoes.
The sauce is excellent with zoodles, a bowl of pasta, and falafel.
11. Pickled Onions
If you haven’t tried partnering your warm falafel with pickled onions, then you’re seriously missing out!
Pickled onions have the texture and flavor profiles that can complement the taste of falafel.
What’s more, the variation of this simple dish is endless.
You can add additional spices such as pepper, allspice, or even crushed peppercorns to make the recipe even more satisfying!
This roasted chickpeas recipe is one of the best side dishes for falafel.
You won’t believe that it only requires a few ingredients to make.
Just make sure to thoroughly dry the washed chickpeas so that there’s no moisture left.
They will turn out to be crispier once roasted.
CookingChew Tip: We have learned that the crisper you want any food, make sure it’s very dry before you cook it, whether it’s meat in a frying pan or vegetables in the oven.
Cilantro lime sauce is a dip or salad dressing that includes greek yogurt, taco seasoning, garlic, fresh cilantro, and lime juice.
It’s made to enhance and complement the flavors of your favorite dishes such as salads, tacos, falafel, and grilled meats.
14. Tahini Sauce
Fun fact: Tahini sauce and falafel are a match made in heaven!
Tahini sauce is a dip that features simple ingredients such as lime juice, garlic, tahini paste, and fresh parsley as toppings.
It’s best served warm along with pita, veggies, falafel, roasted fish recipes, and grilled kabobs.
The possibilities are endless!
15. Pickled Turnips
These pickled turnips feature a tangy flavor that combines well with various dishes, including falafel, salads, and kebabs.
Water, white vinegar, turnips, garlic, salt, and beetroot are the essential ingredients in making this dish.
Here are a few more turnip recipes that we love.
16. Tabouli Salad
This Lebanese vegetarian salad is packed with wheat bulgur, parsley, tomatoes, and garlic-based dressing.
But you can play around by adding other veggies, herbs, and spices to your liking.
This salad is an excellent accompaniment alongside falafel, pita bread, and hummus, but it’s also great on its own as a light meal.
Pita bread is a default side dish when it comes to falafel.
Some falafel wraps that you might find for sale on the streets of NYC sometimes use pita bread.
This recipe has simple ingredients such as yeast, water, all-purpose flour, olive oil, and salt.
And making them yourself might change how you see store-bought pita forever.
Plus you don’t need to be a kitchen master at making these as the dough is easy to put together.
You don’t have to be at your most exemplary when choosing sides for falafel.
Just make sure to pick the accompaniments that complement your favorite finger food and ultimately not overpower its flavor.
Whether you serve it on its own or partner it with tahini sauce, vegetables, or salad – you simply can’t go wrong with falafel!
- Lemon rice
- Sauteed mushroom
- Israeli salad
- Olive salad
- Baba ganoush
- Avocado sauce
- Pickled onions
- Roasted chickpeas
- Cilantro lime sauce
- Tahini sauce
- Pickled turnips
- Pita bread
- Choose a few falafel side dishes to try
- Tell us your favorites in the comments.