Elevate your Falafel Pita Sandwich with these tantalizing side dishes. Whether you're craving an exotic twist or simply looking to jazz up your everyday meals, these mouthwatering sides will take your falafel experience to a whole new level.
What is a Falafel?
Falafels are deep fried patties made from ground chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or fava beans, spices and herbs. A popular Middle Eastern and Mediterranean street food sandwich, the golden brown patties are typically served tucked inside the pocket of warm pita bread along with fresh veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. Flavorful additions like tahini sauce, tzatziki sauce, hummus, and pickles add additional layers of flavor.
What is a Falafel Pita Sandwich?
Falafel Pitas are a popular street food that consists of crispy, deep-fried balls or patties made from ground chickpeas stuffed into a pita, accompanied by various condiments and vegetables, such as tahini sauce, hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and onions. A beloved street food, this Middle Eastern dish is made with fresh ingredients and can be easily served as a tasty vegetarian or vegan-friendly option.
You can easily make a gourmet sandwich at home with homemade falafel balls combined with nutty sesame seeds then deep frying in hot oil. If you can, make your own homemade pita bread too, because they are softer, thinner, and more fragrant than store-bought. To make an EPIC falafel sandwich layer the falafel patties inside pita pockets, with an easy Greek tomato-cucumber salad, creamy Tzatziki, Sumac Red Onions and then drizzle with creamy tahini and your favorite dipping sauce -we strongly recommend our Indian Mint Sauce!
A Falafel sandwich does not have to be limited to being made with soft pita bread, you can also make it as a falafel wrap or a falafel burger.
What are the best sides for a Falafel Pita Sandwich?
The most delicious sides for a Falafel Pita Sandwich need to be limited to traditional sides like quick pickled onions, cucumber salad, olive salad, Israeli Salad, stuffed grape leaves, and French fries. These crispy falafel sandwiches also so very well with non-traditional sides like sweet creamy Japanese Kani salad, Bombay Aloo and red cabbage coleslaw. To transform your falafel pita sandwich into a heartier falafel platter, add lemon rice, homemade hummus and a delicious salad topped with pita chips.
Turkish Sumac Onions
Sumac onions are made with marinated red onions, a Middle Eastern spice called 'sumac', lemon juice and chopped parsley.
The refreshing blend of chopped fresh parsley, tomatoes, cucumber and bulgur in a light citrusy dressing is a great side dish for a falafel pita sandwich
Greek Cucumber-Tomato-Feta Salad
A quick, keto-friendly Greek salad with crisp cucumber, sweet fresh tomato, and tangy feta cheese, tossed with a tasty, lemony, olive oil based Mediterranean dressing.
A creamy, zesty Greek condiment made with Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and dill.
Indian Mint Sauce
A versatile and flavorful condiment that combines fresh mint, fresh cilantro, green chilies, yogurt, and a blend of Indian spices. Add more green chilies to turn it into a hot sauce.
My daughter often says, "there's potato salad and then there's potato salad..." This time-tested classic is creamy with pops of whole grain mustard and a hint of vinegar that pairs perfectly with falafel pita sandwiches.
Spicy Kani Salad
Ready in just 15 minutes, every bite of this refreshing kani salad is loaded with sweet imitation crab, crispy, garden-fresh vegetables and an addictive spicy mayo dressing.
Buttery and garlicky with a hint of umami, this recipe takes simple stir fried veggies like red peppers and zucchini to a new level. The secret is the special Benihana garlic-butter made with roasted garlic, whipped butter and soy sauce.
Upgrade your potato game with spicy Bombay Aloo. Soaked with deep, fragrant, warm spices these potatoes are roasted to crisp and crackly perfection.
A classic Mediterranean dish, this quick baba ganoush is made by combining roasted eggplant, tahini, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor.
This delicious roasted turmeric cauliflower recipe with garlic and cumin is the perfect healthy side dish for a falafel pita bread sandwich.
Purple Cabbage Slaw
A quick, visually stunning purple cabbage and carrot salad that provides a sweet, delicious crunch.
Lusciously creamy, spicy hummus topped with a zesty minced jalapeño salsa and ready to be devoured!
A flavorful salad that's made with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion and parsley. It's a perfect side dish, and also makes a delicious filling for pita sandwiches with falafel.
Sweet Potato Fries
This Crispy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries recipe uses just a splash of oil, it's perfectly seasoned, and they come out so crispy.
What are the pink pickles in shawarma? They're actually pink pickled turnips! You’ll love the vibrant color and tangy flavor they add to falafel pita sandwiches!
Beet Salad with Feta
Cooked beets, crumbled feta and pistachios come together with fresh herbs and a lemon olive oil dressing to enjoy as a side salad.
This time-honored treasure is traditionally crafted by straining yogurt, resulting in a creamy texture and a tangy flavor. This heavenly soft cheese is delicious when served with falafel pita bread sandwiches.
Turkish Lentil Soup
The hearty combination of red lentils, bulgur wheat, aromatic spices, and fragrant herbs creates a symphony of filling, comforting, nourishing, and downright deelish flavors.
Tomato Cucumber Bell Pepper Salad
Tossed in a simple olive oil dressing, this colorful salad is the perfect side dish for sandwiches.
Crunchy Cucumber Slaw
A crispy, creamy slaw is made with common kitchen ingredients and takes just 10 minutes to make!
Crispy Potato and White Bean Salad
With herby crispy potatoes and white beans, this upgraded potato salad uses an olive oil vinaigrette and lots of fresh herbs instead of mayo.
Kisir - Turkish Bulgur Salad
Kısır is a meze or appetizer salad enjoyed throughout Turkey. This recipe is preferred in southern areas of Turkey, and is a bit spicier with cumin.
Mediterranean Eggplant Salad
This salad mixes grilled eggplant with fresh tomatoes, mint, parsley, green onion, bell pepper and is then tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, za’atar and crushed red pepper.
Butter Lettuce Salad
This simple Butter Lettuce Salad is tossed in an oil and vinegar dressing and layered with green onion and fresh dill.