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Copycat Sweetgreen Falafel Salad


Ever since moving to Boston, I really like Sweetgreen since you get a salad or bowl that’s healthy and doesn’t truly break the bank. But, I’d like Sweetgreen even more if I didn’t have to leave my apartment to grab a meal. Sometimes, you just want something a bit more instantaneous. Here’s my copycat version of the Hummus Tahina Salad — Falafel Salad with Cucumber Tahini Dressing. I bought some falafels from the freezer section, tossed in ingredients for a salad and whipped up a dressing. I liked SG’s idea of adding breadcrumbs to their salad, so I added some GF breadcrumbs to act like croutons. I also like making regular tahini dressing — raw tahini, lemon, agave and water — and modified this to be the cucumber tahini version. Almost just as easy, but this one requires a bit of blending to make the cucumbers and garlic silky smooth.

Ingredients (makes 1 salad).

For the Salad:

  • 2 c red romaine leaves, chopped
  • 1 c spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 c matchstick carrots
  • 1 mini cucumber, chopped
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 T banana peppers
  • 1/8 c red onion, diced
  • 1 falafel, chopped
  • 1 T hummus of choice
  • 1 t breadcrumbs of choice (I used GF panko)
  • 1-2 T cucumber tahini dressing (see below)

For the Dressing (makes about 1/2 c or 8 T):

  • 1 c cucumber, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2-3 T raw tahini
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 t minced garlic
  • 3 T warm water
  • 1/2 t agave (optional)


  1. In a small blender or food processor, combine cucumber, 2 T tahini, lemon juice, garlic and water for dressing. Blend well until cucumbers are chopped and dressing is smooth. Adjust tahini and agave (optional) to taste.
    • You can add more water to thin the dressing or start with 2 T to thicken.
    • Store remaining dressing in the fridge for up to 1 wk.
  2. In a medium bowl, add ingredients for salad. Toss well to distribute dressing and hummus. Start with 1 T dressing and adjust to taste.
  3. Plate and enjoy!

Inspired by Sweetgreen‘s Hummus Tahina.

Nutrition for 1 salad.
287 calories  •  18.2 g fat (41%)  •  47 g carbs (47%)  •  12.9 g protein (13%)  •  11.7 g sugar
Nutrition for 1 T dressing.
32 calories  •  2.3 g fat (52%)  •  3.9 g carbs (40%)  •  0.9 g protein (9%)  •  0.3 g sugar
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.




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