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.