Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield
4 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed pita half)

Fresh carrot and celery sticks are a crunchy side.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 10 ingredients in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions; shape each portion into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.

Step 2

Combine cucumber, yogurt, juice, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Line each pita half with 1 lettuce leaf and 2 tomato slices. Place 1 patty in each pita half. Top each patty with about 1 tablespoon cucumber mixture.

Ratings & Reviews

GayleR's Review

charlenawt
April 19, 2011
The patties stayed together with no problems, but made for a very dry pita sandwich even with the sauce and lettuce (I forgot the tomato slices). The flavor was fine but there is another CL falafel recipe that was much better. I won't make this one again.

LeilaZ's Review

CVTinWG
March 17, 2011
Super yummy! It isn't going to have the crispy crunch of the fried stuff that you've had at falafel stands, but it will have the same great taste! As far as "sauce," think about just combining equal parts of tahini and plain yogurt...and then serve with diced cucumber and tomato. We'll definitely be making this again...and probably soon!!

HPressman's Review

LeilaZ
February 05, 2009
These falafel patties were very tasty and a great way to use up leftover fresh parsley along with pantry basics. I used regular olive oil on a nonstick pan, cooked about 5 mins per side on medium heat, and got good results with a little browning on each side. Also threw in some dried dill to up the flavor quotient.

charlenawt's Review

GayleR
February 04, 2009
I don't agree with the other reviewer. My patties didn't stay together well. Next time, I won't put as much liquid in the mix. Also, I cooked mine in 2 batches in a skillet. I would put half of the oil in for the first batch and the rest before cooking the second batch next time. They tasted very good but I thought that the 1st batch came out better than the second.

CVTinWG's Review

HPressman
January 24, 2009
A nice falafel recipe. My family liked it very much. (They are adventuresome eaters to begin with. Even my 2-year-old.) The patties stayed together during cooking and flipping, a challenge I've had in the past with other recipes and even "easy" mixes purchased at the health food store. I was impressed that with so little fat they browned well. (I used a cast iron skillet with cooking spray.) The sauce was a little bit on the runny side. Next time after seeding and shredding the cucumber I will squeeze it out before mixing the sauce. But other than that this recipe is quick and satisfying for a lunch or dinner. (We had both halves of the pita to make this a dinner portion. With a modest 220 calories per serving you can afford to do that.)