This Kale Falafel Salad Bowl is the epitome of comfort food. It is spicy and it is hearty enough to be considered a meal. It has so much flavor, texture and nutrition and the tahini jalapeno vinaigrette puts it over the top!
In my early 20’s I would daydream about things I wanted in my life and what it would feel like to have them. Without realizing it I was practicing the art of positive thinking aka “The Law of Attraction”. In the last 8 years, I have really stepped it up and have been making it a part of my daily thought process. It hasn’t always been easy but the more I practice, the easier it becomes. It is almost second nature to me now.
I first started with the phrase, “I am happy, healthy and safe”. I would say it over and over again. Now, I catch myself saying it without even realizing it. While on my daily walk, I talk to the universe (God), and say thank you so much for everything in my life and I list out whatever comes to my mind at that moment. It usually goes something like this; thank you for my amazing husband, my wonderful family (especially my mom and dad), thank you for my incredible friends and this magical place we get to experience and live in, thank you for my ability to work on my blog and all the inspiration and creativity in my life, etc. If there is something specific I am trying to draw to myself, I say thank you for it as if it already existed. I focus on what it would feel like with thoughts of gratitude and I do this continually. Some things happen fast and others take time.
You might wonder how this has any effect in your life but trust me it changes everything. What you focus on expands! Being grateful for the things in your life attracts even more to be grateful for. When we stress out or think things like “I could never do that” or “that’s impossible” or even being jealous of someone else’s life, you will attract stress, failure and jealousy into your life. Our thoughts and feelings are like magnets. Have you ever had a bad day and things just seemed like they kept getting worse? Have you ever stopped yourself and noticed things getting better? It’s amazing to me, the many experiences I have drawn into my life. One of those things was Robby! We are both constantly saying thank you for all the blessings that have come into our lives. One of those things is our health; we have made many changes to our diet and lifestyle. This falafel bowl is not only delicious but makes you feel good and has become a staple in our diet!
Because this dish is spicy, it pairs best with a slightly sweet or fruity wine like a Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Albarino, or a sparkling wine. For a red, you want a spicier wine like a Grenache or Syrah.
Kale Falafel Salad Bowl Recipe:
4 – 5 servings – 4 – 5 balls per salad
- 1 Recipe Roasted Poblano Falafel – approx. 20 balls
- 1 Recipe Roasted Poblano Jalapeno Hummus or Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- 1 Recipe Tahini Jalapeno Vinaigrette (recipe below)
- 1 Head Lettuce – your choice – chopped
- 1 Cucumber – peeled – cut in half – deseed – thinly slice
- 2 Tomato (I used Orange Heirloom) – diced
- 2 Pita Breads – each cut into 12 triangles
- Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
Soak the garbanzo beans for both the falafel and the hummus overnight. Cook the beans for the hummus while you roast the poblano for both the falafel and hummus. Next, make the falafel mix and tahini vinaigrette (recipe below) then refrigerate them both.
Veggies and Hummus
Prepare the lettuce, cucumber and tomato and set them aside in the refrigerator.
When the hummus beans are soft, drain, rinse and let cool.
Make the hummus and set aside in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Scoop the falafel up with a spoon and toss them from hand to hand to form a 1-inch ball and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes then carefully flip them over for another 5 – 7 minutes.
Turn down the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut each pita into 12 triangles and place on one side of a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and gently toss. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until crispy.
Make the vinaigrette – recipe below
You can serve everything separate and let your guests serve themselves or arrange it for them.
Tahini Jalapeno Vinaigrette
Recipe: 1 1/3 Cup
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 1/2 Cup Roasted Tahini
- 1/4 Cup Filtered Water
- 1/4 Cup (about 1) Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
Measure all ingredients and puree in a food processor or blender for about 1 – 2 minutes, you just want to make sure the garlic is pureed.
Garbanzo beans are super high in protein and extremely high in fiber, just one cup provides 50% of the Daily Value. Because of the fiber, they are great for your heart, lowering blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart attack as well as help prevent constipation and digestive disorders. Just one cup provides 84.5% of the daily value of manganese, which is an antioxidant that acts as a monitor of the free radicals in the body. If you are low in energy the high iron content will help and will transport oxygen from the lungs to all the cells in the body. They also help to balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy. Garbanzo beans are helpful for weight loss as they keep you full longer.
Poblano Peppers are extremely high in vitamin C; just one pepper has 95% of your daily value. They are great for your immune system and help to reduce inflammation like in arthritis and asthma. They are also helpful with the increase of oxygen helping the body to burn more calories 20 minutes after eating peppers. They are full of vitamin A, vitamin K, and potassium.
Tahini is one of the best sources of calcium and a good source of methionine, which aids in liver detoxification. It is high in alkaline minerals helping in weight loss and high in vitamin E, which promotes healthy cell growth and maintains healthy skin and muscle tone. It is super high in iron helping to prevent anemia. It’s high in protein, lecithin, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.