Kale Falafel Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts


Using store-bought versions of our favorite Middle Eastern mezze (appetizers) creates a salad that's much more than a starter.

Kale Falafel Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts and Hummus
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
10 cups kale mixture + 14 falafel


  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion

  • 1 6 ounce bunch curly kale, stems removed, and leaves torn

  • 1 10 ounce container hummus

  • 2 cup fresh baby spinach

  • 1 ¼ cup chopped English cucumber

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

  • 3 ounce feta cheese, sliced, or 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 12 ounce pkg. frozen cooked falafel, prepared according to package directions


  1. In a small bowl combine vinegar,
    1 Tbsp. water, and a pinch salt; stir in onion. Cover and let stand at room temperature 20 to 30 minutes. Drain onion, reserving pickling liquid.

  2. In a large bowl combine reserved pickling liquid, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and a dash salt; add kale. Massage kale with your hands about 3 minutes or until bright green and tender.

  3. Spread hummus on a platter. Arrange kale, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, feta, pine nuts, pickled onion, parsley, and oregano on top. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper. Top with falafel. If you like, drizzle with additional olive oil and red wine vinegar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

667 Calories
42g Fat
57g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 667
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 470mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 144.9mg 725%
Calcium 274mg 21%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 935mg 20%
Folate, total 244.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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