Vegan Kale Falafel

  • Author: Kailey
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 20-24 falafels (5-6 servings) 1x


These vegan kale falafels are a crispy and delicious Mediterranean treat. Classic falafel flavor with an added nutritional boost from the kale! Perfect as an appetizer with some hummus or tzatziki, or as a side to any Mediterranean meal.



  • 1 lb Dried Chickpeas
  • 1 small White Onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Kale
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, stems removed
  • 45 cloves Garlic, peeled
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 1 Lemon, juiced (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Coriander or Cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup Chickpea Flour (use as needed to create dough)
  • 24 tbsp Avocado Oil (or other healthy fat oil with a high smoke point)


  1. In a medium pot, add dried chickpeas and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, boil for 1-2 minutes, remove from the heat and cover. Let sit 1 hour.
  2. While chickpeas cook, prep the kale, onion, parsley, and cilantro.
  3. Once chickpeas are done cooking, drain excess water and add to a food processor or blender with onion, kale, parsley, cilantro, garlic, tahini, and lemon juice. Pulse/blend until broken down, then add cumin, cayenne, coriander, salt, and pepper and mix until well combined.
  4. Add chickpea flour 1 tbsp at a time while pulsing until the mixture reaches a dough consistency.
  5. Cover mixture and refrigerate for 30 mins until the dough becomes firm. *optional
  6. Using approximately 2 tbsp scoops, form the falafel dough into discs. You should get around 20-24 falafels.
  7. Heat a thin coating of avocado oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add falafels and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  8. Enjoy with some homemade vegan tzatziki  or beet hummus!


  • This recipe uses dried chickpeas instead of canned. Canned chickpeas are too soft and can make your falafels fall apart!
  • You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your blender or food processor
  • You want your falafel mixture to be a dry doughy consistency, if it’s too moist the falafels will fall apart while cooking
  • Refrigerating your mixture is optional but it helps the falafels stay together while cooking
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle-Eastern

Keywords: kale falafel, vegan falafel, gluten-free falafel