Raw Falafels with Tzatziki Sauce

By Chef: Tiasha Slana
Posted: September 29, 2016


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Want something savory, creamy and full of flavor? Then you just have to try these falafels. Even your non-raw friends will love it. They taste just like the real thing, but without the unhealthy fats. This recipe is kind of long, but if you are in a hurry you can skip the pickled turnips and just use one of the sauces. It will be awesome just as well. Enjoy!


  • 2,5 cup (320 g) chopped carrots
  • ¾ cup (70 g) celery
  • 2 Tbsp (30 g) sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds, ground
  • extra ⅛ cup sesame seeds
Tzatziki Sauce
  • 1 cup (125 g) chopped zucchini, peeled
  • 1 cup (125 g) chopped cucumbers, peeled
  • ⅛ cup (20 g) macadamia nuts
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • ½ Tbsp chives, chopped
  • extra 1 small (100 g) cucumber, peeled
Tahini Sauce
  • ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp tahini or grounded sesame seeds
Pickled Turnips
  • 1 large (200 g) turnip, spiralized
  • 1 Tbsp beet juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
To Serve
  • 1 head (400 g) lettuce
  • 7 oz (200 g) baby spinach
  • 3 tomatoes, cubed
  1. Coarsely chop carrots and celery.
  2. Mix sunflower and sesame seeds in the food processor until ground. Add carrots and celery and process until well mixed.
  3. Add chopped fresh parsley and ground cumin seeds and process.
  4. Form into balls, they roll in sesame seeds. (The mixture will be quite wet, so be patient with forming the balls.)
  5. Transfer to the dehydrator and dehydrate for 3 — 4 hours at 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46°C).
  1. Mix all the ingredients in the blender, but the extra 100 g cucumber.
  2. Finely chop the extra 100 g cucumber and mix it in the sauce with the spoon.
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  1. Spiralize turnips and mix them with lemon and beet juice.
  1. Wash lettuce and baby spinach and mix them together with tomatoes.
  2. Put falafels on the bed of lettuce and pour tahini over them.
  3. Put pickled turnips beside them.
  4. Pour tzatziki sauce in a little bowl and put it on the plate as well.