Baked Falafel Pitas with Yogurt Feta Sauce

Look forward to lunch time thanks to this make-ahead falafel recipe, topped with a tangy feta- and herb-laced yogurt sauce.

Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
40 min


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and mist with cooking spray. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, onion, 1/2 cup cilantro and 1/2 cup parsley. Pulse until roughly chopped. Add egg, 1/4 cup panko, cumin, coriander, pepper and salt. Pulse until mixture forms a chunky puree. Transfer to a large bowl. If mixture appears too wet, mix in additional panko as needed.
  2. Sprinkle flour onto a small plate. Scoop out 2 tbsp chickpea mixture and form into a circular 1/2-inch-thick patty. Lightly press both sides into flour, shake off excess and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chickpea mixture, making a total of 12 patties. Lightly mist tops of patties with cooking spray. Bake until bottoms are golden brown, about 12 minutes. Turn patties and bake until opposite sides are golden, 5 to 7 minutes more. Cool at room temperature and refrigerate in an airtight container (MAKE AHEAD: Prepare up to 3 days in advance through Step Two.)
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together cheese, yogurt, lemon juice and remaining 1 tbsp each cilantro and parsley. (MAKE AHEAD: Yogurt sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container; stir well before serving.)
  4. Assemble sandwiches just before serving: Cut each pita in half crosswise to form 2 pockets. Stuff each pocket with 3 patties (cutting patties to fit if necessary), 1/2 cup lettuce, 2 or 3 tomato slices and a generous 1/4 cup yogurt sauce.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 filled falafel pita half
  • Calories 321
  • Carbohydrate Content 58 g
  • Cholesterol Content 57 mg
  • Fat Content 8 g
  • Fiber Content 10 g
  • Protein Content 22 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 574 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g