Falafel on Flat Bread with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Falafel with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Falafel on Flat Bread. Fast Food for the Gluten Free Family. That’s what falafel is for me – a meal that seems as indulgent as stopping by McDonald’s. It’s not that it’s really fast….it just tastes like it should be.

Start by making the dressing. It needs some time in the fridge for all of the flavors to come together.

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

1/2 c. mayonnaise (or Vegannaise)
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 of a bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
juice from half a lime
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper

Combine all ingredients in a jar or serving dish and refrigerate while you make the falafel. Spoon generously onto your falafel sandwich =)

Now you can start on the falafel.

Falafel Balls

(Yield: two dozen or thereabouts)

2 cans chickpeas, drained
1/2 c. brown rice flour
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 of a bunch of cilantro
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
flour for coating

1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the last bit of flour in a food processor. Pulse until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. The mixture will not be entirely smooth, but it should be well processed.

2. Pour some rice flour out onto a plate. Use a spoon to scoop up a bit of the puree and roll it into a ball in the palm of your hands. Roll the ball through the flour so that the outside is coated. Repeat until you run out of puree.

3. Pour one to two tablespoons of oil into a skillet and place over medium heat. Place the falafel balls into the skillet. Don’t overcrowd them because you’re going to need enough room to roll them around. Brown all sides of the balls and then remove to a baking sheet. Repeat until all are done.

4. Place the balls into a 350 degree oven and cook for 30 minutes.

While the falafel cooks head over to Gluten Free Gobsmacked and make up a batch of her Gluten Free Wraps. The wraps only cook for 15 minutes, so they should come out of the oven about the same time as the falafel.

Once everything is done, we cut the bread into sandwich size pieces. Then we pile on 4 falafel balls, some lettuce,tomato, and sliced onion (though broccoli slaw is on the one in the picture) and lots of Creamy Cilantro Dressing. Yummy!


  1. that looks so good mary frances. it reminds me of gyros I used to eat all the time! I still haven’t tried kate’s sandwich wrap bread, I will have to do that ASAP!! Thanks for sharing this fantastic looking sandwich! I’ve never made fafalel, but it looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try it! :-)

  2. MMMM.. I LOVE falafel and have yet to make them from scratch! I bet these are SOOO good! I’m going to try this!
    Thanks for sharing this, Mary!

  3. Carrie, gyros are exactly where we got this idea and it is really really good. Definitely try Kate’s bread. It’s so easy to make and we love that it only cooks for 15 mintues.

    Kate…I LOVE falafel too. I was so sad to get home from work yesterday and find that they had all been eaten in my absence. Who knew that 22 falafel balls would go so quickly with only two adults and a toddler =)

  4. WOW! Mary Frances, I decided to make these tonight instead of my spicey peanut noodles and tofu (which are great, but ya know!) OH MY GOSH! Despite the fact that I was SO tired when I got home from work, these were SO worth making!!! I think I’m gonna make the falafel’s ahead of time next time and keep them in the freezer (kinda like meatballs) I made Michael a meatball sub with pizza sauce and frozen meatballs, but boy was he missing out (that’s okay, there’s more falafel and cucumber dill sauce for me tomorrow! YAY!! haha! Anyways, I just wanted you to know that I LOVED these! And I made Kate’s sandwich wrap bread to wrap them with! YUM-O! Oh so worth it!! Thanks again, I had never made anything like these before! OH won’t I be making them again now!!

  5. Carrie, I’m so glad that you liked them. Hurrah for chickpeas!

  6. We were out of sour cream and cilantro tonight so I made a sauce with the following:
    white vinegar
    agave nectar
    and fresh peaches

  7. Mary francis, I am new to a gluten free menu…this is great.
    But where do I find gf flour tortias or gf flatbread. I love both of these…but I have not found them anywhere?

  8. Mary Frances!

    When making the sauce w/o sour cream above what are your measurements?

    Thanks so much!

  9. I have tried many falafels in my life, me and my kids love falafel ,my son daniel is Autistic and is on a gluten free diet. so i was introduced to falafapita and it is original.
    frozen fresh mix ready to be defrosted and scoop n fry.
    its unbelievebly good.
    and Gluten free


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