Gluten-free Falafel with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

Gluten-free Falafel with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

If you were to see behind the scenes of this falafel, it would look a lot like an episode of House Hunters. Not the fun and exciting one where the couple chooses the second home that needs a little TLC, followed by a six month update of them in their perfectly renovated haven, sipping cocktails on the patio.

No, I’m talking about the one where they get to choose from three different shoe boxes which are all over budget and lacking any kind of a yard. You know, the one where they’re just looking for a place to rent? Is that even called House Hunters?

Gluten-free Falafel with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

Getting married and then having to look for a place to rent just feels wrong. Especially when you consider the INSANE amount of money that people are asking for in the Bay Area. And then no one wants you to live in their house because you have a dog.

I personally can’t understand that part. I mean, Coco is the cleanest, daintiest, freshest pup out there. She even helps clean the yogurt cups, for Pete’s sake.


Side note: I am not responsible for the blue polish on her toe nails.

So that’s my life right now; a bad episode of House Hunters: Overpriced Rental Edition. But I have an amazing husband and some pretty sweet memories from our wedding and honeymoon, so I really can’t complain.

The inspiration for this recipe actually came from our honeymoon. We spent our last day snorkeling in the ocean before laying by the pool and ordering falafel and too many drinks from our lounge chairs like a couple of beached whales. It was glorious.

Gluten-free Falafel

I have plans to recreate those tasty drinks too but for now, let’s focus on the falafel.

What made it so particularly enjoyable {besides the cocktails} was the creamy yogurt sauce with fresh dill and a touch of lemon.  

Yogurt-Dill Sauce

It clearly isn’t authentic Hawaiian food but it was one of the best meals we had while we were there.

Like I said before, this might have had something to do with eating it after being in the sun for hours and drinking three cocktails but trust me, when I made it at home it was just as good.

Gluten-free Falafel with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

I had to test the recipe a few times but when I finally got it right, I made a double batch to have enough to last for lunches during the week.

Needless to say, we’ve been eating falafel non-stop for the past two weeks. I’m okay with that though. I found that my favorite way to eat it is on toasted sandwich bread with the yogurt sauce spread on the inside. That sauce is so good that I’m sure it would be great as a dip for veggies or even salad dressing. If you’re a fan of fresh dill then I’m certain you’ll like it as much as we did. Enjoy!

Gluten-free Falafel with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

Gluten-free Falafel with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 9

Gluten-free Falafel with Yogurt-Dill Sauce


1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 large carrot, shredded

6 green onions, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 egg or 1 flax egg

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 tablespoons quinoa flour (or other gluten-free flour)

1/4 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs

olive oil for cooking

Yogurt-Dill Sauce

6 ounces plain yogurt

3 tablespoons fresh dill

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Start by placing the garlic and carrot into the food processor until finely chopped. Alternatively, you can chop them by hand. Scoop them out into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Next, place the garbanzo beans into the processor and blend until they become slightly mushy. Scoop out into the same large bowl with the garlic and carrot then add the remaining ingredients to the bowl.
  3. Stir all of the ingredients together until well-mixed. If it seems to wet or mushy, add more breadcrumbs until it appears firmer.
  4. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the mixture out at a time and shape into small patties. There should be about 9 total.
  5. Warm the olive oil of medium heat and then cook each patty until light golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side.
  6. In the meantime, make the yogurt-dill sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a food processor (you can also stir them together by hand) and blending until smooth.
  7. Place the cooked falafel on a pita, toasted bread, or by itself and top with yogurt sauce then serve.

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  • dishing up the dirt May 13, 2014, 9:15 pm

    I’m always up for falafel! These sound fantastic and that yogurt dill sauce sounds spoon worthy! Good luck on house hunting. Things will all work out!!!
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  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run May 13, 2014, 9:32 pm

    I like your stories that go along with each recipe you post :)

    Now about those cocktails…

  • Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food May 14, 2014, 12:51 am

    Bad House Hunters- I totally know what types of episodes you’re talking about. We ran into the same problems when we were looking for a place. Luckily, we found a great one that allows the pets too. Don’t worry, you’ll find a Coco-friendly home soon!
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  • Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ May 14, 2014, 1:04 am

    Love the garbanzo patties (gorgeous colors) and I look forward to trying the yogurt saucea big because I am a great fan of Greek yogurt!
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  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles May 14, 2014, 3:32 am

    mmm….falafel. And I’m impressed that Coco stayed still long enough to get her toes painted…I cannot picture that going too well with my dog.
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    • Sarah May 14, 2014, 12:27 pm

      I was impressed too, although she is very docile. One of my coworker’s watched her for me while I was gone and apparently her teenage daughter has a thing for painting people’s (and dog’s) nails. I didn’t even realize until the next day when we took her for a walk. It was pretty funny. :)

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables May 14, 2014, 4:00 am

    I love falafel!!! I haven’t found a recipe that’s really worked for me yet, so I’ll definitely give this one a try :)

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies May 14, 2014, 4:03 am

    I could probably eat falafel every day — especially drenched in that sauce! It sounds incredible + I’m totally obsessed with fresh dill.
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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 14, 2014, 4:44 am

    I love, love, love falafel! This entire recipe looks absolutely fantastic! I’m especially drooling over that yogurt sauce!
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  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate May 14, 2014, 7:45 am

    Isn’t that what vacations are all about? Acting like beached whales and ordering too many drinks? ;) I just put the ingredients I need to make this on my grocery list, can’t wait to try it!

  • Samina | The Cupcake Confession May 14, 2014, 9:55 am

    Wow!!!!!!!!!! Now that’s an incredible falafel!!!!! I’m LOVING that yogurt sauce!!!!!!! And Coco is such a sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 love her blue nails! :D
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  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey May 14, 2014, 12:05 pm

    I just stalked all of your wedding posts (welcome back, by the way!) and you are so beautiful! The pictures of you and Brandon’s special moment after the wedding almost made me cry, and I’ve never even met you! Sorry that you’re having trouble finding a place to live. I’m currently apartment hunting for Chicago, and I’ve learned that it’s quite annoying when the place that fits even half of your wishes is double your budget. Good luck!
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  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) May 14, 2014, 12:24 pm

    Looking for a new place to live sucks….We’re going to be moving in probably a year or year and a half and I’m already checking out real estate and it makes me cringe! The prices are ridiculous. :(

    These falafel’s look SO good though! I’m going to have to give them a try!

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater May 14, 2014, 3:56 pm

    Ugh, places that don’t allow dogs are the worst! And a lot more common than I realized. I’m sorry your life is a bad episode of House Hunters as of lately haha buuuut I gotta say snorkeling+beach+drinks sounds amaaaazing.
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. May 14, 2014, 4:14 pm

    You know what’s super embarrassing to admit? I’ve never actually tried falafel before :oops: In fact, I didn’t even know what it was for the longest time. But I’ve been crazy for chickpeas lately, and I absolutely love the ingredients in these so I’m thinking I may have to whip them up stat :)

    Good luck with the house hunting! I remember how big of a pain in the butt that was…

  • GiGi Eats May 14, 2014, 7:06 pm

    AHH HA HA HA! I love the metaphor between this falafel and House Hunters. I will now watch that show a bit differently now! LOL!
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  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness May 15, 2014, 5:06 am

    Ha I would have laughed so hard if someone returned Bentley to me with painted toe nails! I love falafel but have never been able to make it at home without it all falling apart or being too crumbly. I might just have to try again.
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  • Isadora @ she likes food May 15, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Falafel is the best! Especially when it is covered with creamy dill sauce! Hawaii is also the best, I spent my honeymoon there a year ago and my husband is already planning our next trip. Good luck with the house hunting, I’m sure everything will fall into place! In the meantime just eat lots of falafel :)
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  • Eyecandypopper May 16, 2014, 8:31 am

    Why do I look at your gorgeous pictures just before lunchtime? I am seriously hungry now! haha I’m a BIG fan of falafel, although I don’t make it enough. It’s really healthy fast food at its best! The addition of the creamy yogurt sauce is great. I will have to make this pronto! Delicious recipe share! :)
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  • Karen May 16, 2014, 4:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I absolutely <3 falafels and my son is on a very restricted diet. Now I have something new to make for him:)


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