If you’re wondering what to serve with your falafel, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for falafel.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes for falafel include stuffed peppers, sauteed mushrooms, and grilled vegetable skewers. You can also serve dishes such as gazpacho, garlic broccoli, and sweet potato fries with falafel. For a healthy accompaniment, try serving falafel with a quinoa tabbouleh salad or a lentil soup.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Quinoa tabbouleh salad
Can you make a Tabbouleh with Quinoa? The answer is, “oh yes!”
In Mediterranean recipes, tabbouleh is traditionally made with bulgur – a grain made from cracked wheat.
But if you can’t find it at your local grocery store, quinoa is a great alternative.
Quinoa makes the salad gluten-free and gives you a healthy boost of protein and nutrients.
It’s light, refreshing, and a perfect pair to your fried or baked falafel.
You can find this healthy-ish feel-good recipe packed with fresh vegetables and delightful flavors on Skinny Fitalicious.
Chill, toss, and serve!
What Asian side dish goes great with Mediterranean food? Kimchi!
It’s such a versatile dish and can pair with almost anything, especially some crispy falafel.
Created from salted, fermented vegetables, usually cabbage and radishes, Kimchi has a unique kick of flavors.
You’ll love the added tang and spice in your meal!
Foodie traveler Seonkyoung Longest has a quick and easy-to-follow authentic kimchi recipe.
Sautéed mushrooms are the perfect accompaniment for some hearty falafel.
It’s really easy to prepare and delectable even when eaten on its own.
If you’re a fan of mushrooms, you won’t make them any other way.
In this recipe by Oh Sweet Basil, all you need is 5 simple ingredients and one secret sauce to make some delicious Italian sautéed mushrooms.
Grilled vegetable skewers
These gorgeous and colorful veggies layered onto skewers are a summer classic, but you can also make them year-round on an indoor grill and enjoy them with your falafel.
You can use whatever veggies you like, as long as they can withstand grilling.
Debora Mele of Italian Food Forever has simple Vegetable Skewers grilled to perfection.
Gazpacho is a refreshing no-cook cold soup made with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, grilled peppers, and cucumbers.
It requires zero cooking time, so it’s perfect as a last-minute side dish.
Serve with some freshly cooked falafel for a refreshing meal!
Head over to Spend with Pennies for this super easy gazpacho recipe.
This garlicky sauteed broccoli dish looks and tastes so delicious.
When cooked the right way, this dish is not dried out, is perfectly tender, and will win your heart.
Try this easy and quick recipe by Zestful Kitchen that takes only 15 minutes to make.
Sweet potato fries
Sweet Potato Fries make a perfect side dish (or snack) because of their delicious crispiness on the outside and tenderness inside.
Pump up the flavor by tossing the fries with parmesan cheese and some fresh basil.
And don’t forget your ranch dip.
It’s perfect for the sweet potato fries.
If you’re eating a falafel sandwich, the crispiness of this dish will complement it very well.
Made with just a handful of steps, try this quick recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
Lemon rice is a delicious way to turn plain old boring rice into an irresistible side for your falafel.
Add a little extra lemon zest and juice to make it more incredible.
Oh, what a great flavor!
Pressure Cooking Today’s recipe added some fresh parsley for that extra bit of color and freshness.
Stuffed grape leaves
Stuffed Grape Leaves, also known as Dolmas, is a finger food popular in the Mediterranean.
It’s a flavor-filled dish with fluffy rice, ground beef, and a variety of earthy herbs and spices.
Though the recipe includes many steps, don’t be intimidated.
Each step is easy to follow.
Besides, it will be satisfying to look at the beautiful Dolmas on a platter beside some equally delicious falafel.
This fabulous recipe from Feel Good Foodie is a family-approved Dolmas.
Quinoa stuffed peppers
Quinoa stuffed peppers, as the name suggests, are simply stuffed bell peppers (or tomatoes) with quinoa and ground beef.
Serve these with your falafel and a dipping sauce to have a delicious and balanced meal.
Healthy, hearty, and oh so moreish!
This quinoa stuffed peppers recipe is another easy-to-make recipe from Feel Good Foodie that can be prepared in under 10 minutes.
Garlic pita toast
Homemade Garlic Pita Toast is easy to make with just a few minutes of preparation time.
Tuck your freshly cooked falafels into some freshly heated garlic pita toast, with green leaves, chopped olives, banana peppers, and a splash of hot sauce.
Thank me later!
Head over to The Kitchn for this extra-crispy, cracker-like toast.
Who can’t resist these pink, beautifully pickled Turnips?
They don’t just look good but also taste amazing.
They’re a great addition to a variety of recipes, including your favorite falafel dish.
But wait, there’s more!
Turnips are healthy, crunchy, and sweet, too!
Check out this Middle Eastern pickled turnips recipe from Silk Road Recipes for a yummy and vibrant side dish.
Baba Ganoush is a popular Levantine appetizer that consists of roasted eggplant, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, and a selection of other spices.
It’s creamy texture can be misleading and give you the impression it’s fatty, but It’s actually pretty low in calories coming in at just 87 calories per 100 grams.
The Mediterranean Dish has an authentic Baba Ganoush recipe that is a must-try!
This list wouldn’t be complete without a salad.
One of many salads I enjoy eating is the “Fattoush” – a Levantine side dish mixed with lettuce, parsley, cucumbers, radishes, and other seasonal vegetables.
This dish is oil-free, gluten-free, and completely plant-based.
Try this Lebanese fattoush from Mommy and Me Kitchen Adventures.
Red and yellow lentils spiced with an Indian twist?
Serve this lentil soup together with some baked falafel, and you’ll have everyone asking for a second serving… or more!
One of my favorite recipes is this Indian-spiced lentil soup from Jessica In The Kitchen.
The best side dishes for falafel
- Quinoa tabbouleh salad
- Sautéed mushrooms
- Grilled vegetable skewers
- Garlic broccoli
- Sweet potato fries
- Lemon rice
- Stuffed Grape leaves
- Quinoa stuffed peppers
- Garlic pita toast
- Pickled turnips
- Baba ganoush
- Fattoush salad
- Lentil soup
What To Serve With Falafel
- 1 portion falafel
- Prepare your falafel according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside them.
- Sides include quinoa tabbouleh salad, kimchi, sautéed mushrooms, grilled vegetable skewers, gazpacho, garlic broccoli, sweet potato fries, lemon rice, stuffed grape leaves, quinoa stuffed peppers, garlic pita toast, pickled turnips, baba ganoush, fattoush salad, and lentil soup.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.