Falafel Pitas are easy to make and flavorful enough to please any crowd. If you’re looking for the best sides to add to the dish, here are 16 of my favorite suggestions.
Falafel Pitas are delicious fried patties of ground chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), flavored with fresh parsley and cilantro, garlic and spices. These scrumptious patties are stuffed into a soft, warm pita to make a falafel pita sandwich and topped with plenty of fresh veggies and a heaping helping of your favorite creamy tahini, tzatziki or hummus. It’s the perfect on-the-go meal and a popular street food option.
Falafel pitas are also possibly the best fast food ever. They are delicious, flavorful, customizable and much healthier than a burger and fries.
But falafel pitas don’t have to just be enjoyed as a street food. They are satisfying on their own, but if you’re making them at home and want to add to your meal, there are plenty of delicious sides that pair well with this delicious recipe.
Falafel can be cooked in several different ways. The most authentic and popular is to deep fry your falafel patties in hot oil. This creates a perfectly fluffy texture on the inside and leaves the falafel deliciously crispy on the outside.
Unfortunately, deep frying requires a lot of oil and grease that many people try to avoid. There are several alternative ways to reduce the amount of oil you use, but it’s important to note that less oil may make your falafel less crispy.
You can cook falafel in just a few tablespoons of oil in a pan. This will require turning the falafel often to cook the interior and it may be difficult to get it consistently crispy all the way around.
Air frying is a great way to achieve crispy falafel without a lot of oil. Lightly coat your falafel with oil and place them in your air fryer in a single layer. Cook until they are golden brown.
You can lightly spray your falafel with oil and bake it in the oven. You could even omit the oil all together if you decide to bake, but your falafel will not crisp up on the exterior.
If you are making your falafel at home, you have the choice to form it into small balls or patties. If your plan is to make it into a falafel pita sandwich, I recommend forming them into patties.
To do this, wet your hands and roll about three tablespoons of your falafel mixture into a ball. Flatten the balls slightly before frying. Don’t make them too thin or they will fall apart easily.
You can buy premade falafel patties in some specialty grocery stores. Of course, nothing beats freshly made at home! If you plan to make them at home, I recommend making your dough and waiting until you are ready to eat to fry them. If you just have to fry and assemble your pita sandwich, it makes the meal much easier to make and go.
My Favorite Falafel recipes
- This Middle Eastern Falafel Pita is a traditional recipe and oh so delicious.
- If you want to try a unique falafel recipe, try these curried carrot falafels.
- If you really want to put together a platter that will impress your guests, try making these rainbow falafels.
- If your pita pocket is falling apart as you try to stuff it, try warming it up in the microwave for about ten seconds before breaking it open.
- Not sure which toppings to add to your falafel pita? Try them all! Tahini, tzatziki and hummus all work so well together. You could even add a little chili pepper for a little kick of spice. You won’t know the perfect accompaniment for your favorite falafel until you try. Be adventurous!
What to Serve With Falafel Pitas
Sauces: Homemade hummus, tahini paste, tzatziki sauce, lemon juice, Greek yogurt, lime juice
Fresh Vegetables: Red peppers, yellow bell peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, tomato, red onion, green onion
Lettuce: Butter lettuce, romaine lettuce, arugula, mixed greens, fresh herbs, grape leaves, leafy greens
Sides: French fries, lemon rice, Greek salad, Israeli salad, baba ganoush, dill pickles, pita chips, sweet potato fries, roast potatoes, olive salad
Recipe to Serve with Falafel Pitas
Easy Tzatziki Sauce
Sweet Potato Fritters
Fried Feta Cheese
Green Goddess Salad
Instant Pot Pasta Salad
This authentic Turkish Ezme (Acili Ezme) (from Always Use Butter) takes just 15 minutes to make and is super healthy loaded with veggies and not much else. It’s a delicious spicy sauce, salad, dip and meze that you will want to have with everything. This recipe uses common ingredients you can find at your regular supermarket.
Lemon Hummus without Garlic
This delicious hummus without garlic (from Love from the Table) is a weekly staple. Lots of lemon makes it fresh and flavorful, and boiling the chickpeas gives it a creamy texture without the fuss of removing the chickpea skins. Perfect for little ones (or anyone!) who don’t like the bite of fresh garlic.
These roasted onions (from A Sweet Alternative) are an easy, flavorful, budget-friendly side dish that can be prepared in advance. They’re perfect for the holidays or whenever you’re craving some sweet, caramelized oniony goodness.
Fresh and easy, this Fattoush Salad (from The Honour System) is delicious as a side dish or a light lunch. This healthy salad recipe is anything but boring with a ton of veggies and a tasty lemony, mint dressing.
Air Fryer Pita Chips
Air Fryer Pita Chips (from Yellow Thyme) – Crunchy , Airy & Light Chips made with leftover pita pockets. I could eat this with anything!! It’s sooo good!