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Falafel Gyros

Sidra Agarwal, dietetic student

Falafel gyros, aka falafel sandwich, is all the Mediterranean flavors we love, wrapped in fluffy pita bread and topped with veggies and a creamy Tzatziki sauce. These gyros are incredibly healthy and topped with vegetables, plant-based protein and fiber from the chickpeas.

Tzatziki sauce adds creaminess and an extra dose of protein.

Ohh, and did I mention the falafel balls can be made at home, baked in an oven, and they turn out perfectly crispy! Perfect for a quick lunch, weeknight dinner, and meal prepping.

Making the Falafel

I always thought falafel needs to be deep fried or best ordered from a restaurant or store-bought. But my first attempt at making these at home from scratch was a success and even more satisfying.

Traditionally, falafels are made from dried chickpeas. For this recipe, we will use canned chickpeas to speed up the process. Everything goes straight into a food processor.

Consistency of the dough is key! You don’t want to make a puree like hummus. A little texture is what we are looking for but at the same time, blend it well enough until clumps begin to form and the dough sticks together when you roll it into balls.

If the mixture is too wet, add some more flour or breadcrumbs. You want a slightly moist dough that doesn’t dry out when you bake but is also not too wet.

BONUS- I love creating meal prep-friendly recipes. These falafels reheat well, and you have them ready for wraps, bowls, and salads! 

Assembling the Falafel Gyros

The options are unlimited!

For example, slather the pita with the traditional tzatziki sauce or spruce it up with hummus.

You could swap the lettuce with spring mix, peppery arugula, or spinach to bump up the healthy quotient for the topping.

I used pita bread when I made these at home, but you could use plain or garlic naan. Or choose whole-grain for more magnesium and filling fiber. 

Feel free to top your sandwich with things you enjoy!

Falafel Gyros

Yummy, healthy homemade falafels wrapped in a pillowy pita and topped with veggies and a creamy tzatziki sauce! Perfect for a weeknight meal or meal prep.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 323kcal

Ingredients

For the Falafels

  • 2 cups Canned Chickpeas*
  • 2 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsp Tahini Paste
  • 1 small Red Onion rough chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • ¼ cup Parsley rough chopped
  • ½ Lemon juiced
  • 1 ½ tsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Cooking Spray

To assemble Falafel Gyros

  • Tzatziki Sauce*
  • 4 Pitas
  • 1 Tomato Sliced
  • 1 Red Onion Sliced
  • Romaine Lettuce shredded

Instructions

To Make Falafel

  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Add all the falafel ingredients to a food processor and start pulsing it.  Scrape down the edges as you go. You want to make sure that you don't over-blend. It needs to be smooth but not to the point that it resembles hummus.
    Falafel ingredients on countertop
  • Once blended, spray a little cooking spray on your palms and start forming patties. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and spray the patties with cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, change your oven setting to high broil and cook until brown and crispy, roughly 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on them, so they don't burn!
    Hand made falafels on baking sheet after baking

To Assemble Falafel Gyros

  • Place the shredded lettuce on the pita bread, top it with the falafel patties, onion, and tomato slices and finish it with a  dollop of tzatziki sauce!!
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Jenn’s Notes:
This recipe calls for 2 cups of canned chickpeas. This will be approx 1 1/4- 1 1/2 a can. Consider roasting the leftover chickpeas to make a yummy snack!
Make this recipe vegan by choosing a vegan tzatziki sauce in place of my recipe or sub the tzatziki with tahini sauce or hummus (I bet red pepper and garlic varieties would be good)

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1121mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 4mg

*Nutrition Facts are an estimate only. Differences are expected when making substitutions for any ingredient or when different brands are used.

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For more Mediterranean Inspired Recipes

Grilled eggplant stacks are easy and pretty. Perfect for a vegetarian at a cookout.

My Mediterranean Quesadillas are always a crowd-pleaser. This recipe is easy to customize to your own preferences and contains a great tzatziki recipe.

For a vegan option, Minimalist Baker has an easy vegan tzatziki recipe to try out!

More About Sidra

My name is Sidra Agarwal. I am from India and have been in the DFW area for the last 10 years.

I am a senior at Texas Woman’s University, majoring in Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy cooking/baking, working out, going on walks with my dogs, and binge-watching Netflix. I also love to travel and explore new cuisines and cultures and have a Europe trip on my bucket list for next year!

My Instagram handle is @SidraAgarwal

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