This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Hetty McKinnon's Deconstructed Falafel Salad

Food

Is thinking up a flavourful yet nutritious meal to cook, night after night, more of a challenge for you than the actual cooking? If it is, much-loved foodie Hetty McKinnon of Arthur Street Kitchen is here, with her new cookbook in hand, to save the day!

Below she shares her second vegan recipe from Family’s pages – it’s falafel as you’ve never seen it before!

14th August, 2018

The Deconstructed Falafel Salad. Photo – Luisa Brimble.

A serve of Hetty’s salad. Photo – Luisa Brimble.

Hetty McKinnon’s new cookbook, Family. Cover photography – Luisa Brimble.

Hetty McKinnon
Tuesday 14th August 2018

‘I’ve dismantled perfection and discovered a new, delicious way to enjoy falafels’ – Hetty McKinnon.

Falafels are the perfect plant-based morsel and a family favourite. However, in this salad, I’ve dismantled perfection and discovered a new, delicious way to enjoy the feted flavours of falafels – chickpeas, cumin, parsley, mint and tahini.

The crisp oven-roasted chickpeas are nothing short of incredible, and I encourage you to try roasting all types of beans (like white beans or butter beans) in this manner!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Extra-virgin olive oil
2 bunches of kale, stems removed
1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
150g (3 cups) store-bought pita chips (*omit for gluten-free)
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped roughly
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 lemon, cut into wedges
sea salt to taste

For the Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
500g cooked chickpeas (about 2 drained cans) patted dry
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the Lemon Tahini
90g (1/2 cup) tahini
Juice of 1 lemon, plus extra if needed
1 garlic clove, chopped very finely
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Method

Preheat oven to 220ºC.

For the crispy roasted chickpeas, place the drained chickpeas in a small ovenproof dish. Cover with olive oil, season with two big pinches of sea salt and black pepper, and add the garlic, cumin and paprika. Stir to combine. Roast for 35-40 minutes, until the chickpeas are crispy. Set aside.

Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and drizzle with oil. Add the kale, in batches, along with a pinch of salt and cook for 2-3 minutes, until wilted.

To make the lemon tahini, pour the tahini into a small bowl and whisk in the lemon juice and garlic. Gradually add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until the sauce is the consistency of thickened cream. If the tahini ‘seizes’ and becomes very thick, and more water; it will eventually come back together to form a cohesive creamy sauce. Season with sea salt and black pepper, and add more lemon juice if you like it lemony.

Combine the crispy chickpeas (in their cooking oil) with the kale, cucumber, half the pita chips and herbs.

To serve, drizzle over the lemon tahini and scatter over the remaining pita chips. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

Family‘ by Hetty McKinnon, with photography by Luisa Brimble and published by Pan Macmillan Australia, is available in paperback (RRP$39.95) or e-book (RRP$17.95) online or from all good bookshops throughout Australia.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Food

Shredded Collard Greens and Baked Sweet Potato Salad

Hetty McKinnon shares one last dish from her new book, ‘Neighbourhood'.
Hetty McKinnon

Food

Hetty McKinnon's Herbed Tahini Pasta

A delicious vegan dish from the much-loved foodie's new cookbook 'Family'.
Hetty McKinnon

Food

Sugar Snap Peas with Radish and Spelt Grains

A robust, crunchy summer salad from Hetty McKinnon.
Hetty McKinnon

This Week

Architecture

The Best Of The Island – Here Are The 2019 Tasmanian Architecture Award Winners!

Our southernmost state may be small, but it packs a big architectural punch.
Miriam McGarry
45:53

Podcast

TDF Talks With Architect Penelope Seidler

This national icon reflects on her early life, working with her husband Harry in the 60s/70s, and her proudest achievement to date!

Architecture

An Experiment In ‘Unfinishing’ A Home

An always evolving family home in Bondi Junction, by Alexander & Co.

Creative People

When Art Meets Music - 15 Stand-Out Album Covers Featuring Australian Art

From Ken Done to Brett Whiteley, Stephen Baker to Luke Sciberras, discover the Australian artists behind some iconic album art!
Elle Murrell

Architecture

Avoiding The Coastal Cliché, With Mid Century Flair

A Portsea home gets a contemporary revamp, from Studio Esteta.
Miriam McGarry
  15 hours ago

Homes

A Home With A Warm Hart

The eclectic and soothing home of doula Sunni Hart and family.

Studio Visit

The Seafaring Painter Pushing The Boundaries Of Maritime Art

A sail and studio visit with one-of-a-kind artist Gemma Rasdall, as her new body of work is unveiled in Sydney.
Elle Murrell
  23 hours ago
2:22

We, The Brave

Turning A Passion For Photography Into A Career, With Eve Wilson

Eve Wilson shares her courageous career journey, from photographer’s assistant, to leading lifestyle photographer. In partnership with MYO...

Art

A New Art Collaboration At Raes on Wategos

The iconic Byron Bay hotel launches its first Artist in Residence program, with French-Australian painter Stanislas (Stan) Piechaczek.

News

Moments From Nature Captured In Exquisite Detail

Following a devastating diagnosis two years ago, graphic designer Shelley Heaney embarked upon a new project encouraging us to connect to th...

News

Time Travel To The Quintessential 1970s Motel In Melbourne

Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst bring their hilarious, nostalgia-infused live show to a classic Melbourne motel next month.

News

Humans Landed On The Moon Today!

Geelong Gallery is celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘mankind’s giant leap’ with a captivating exhibition, bringing together...
Elle Murrell
  12 hours ago

In Print

Take A Gander At Australia's Iconic Art Deco Pubs

A new book, documenting how a nation’s love of a cold beer, led to an architectural phenomenon!
Elle Murrell

Architecture

A Stacked Home In St Kilda For Every Family Member

Matt Gibson Architecture and Design team up with clients DDB Design on a long-term living solution for multiple generations!

News

Sunday Life Drawing Classes In Seriously Lush Surrounds

Fitzroy-based creatives Ladies of Leisure team up with artist Lani Mitchell for a dreamy life drawing series in July!
Miriam McGarry
  16 hours ago

Similar Stories

Food

Shredded Collard Greens and Baked Sweet Potato Salad

Hetty McKinnon shares one last dish from her new book, ‘Neighbourhood'.
Hetty McKinnon

Food

Hetty McKinnon's Herbed Tahini Pasta

A delicious vegan dish from the much-loved foodie's new cookbook 'Family'.
Hetty McKinnon

Food

Sugar Snap Peas with Radish and Spelt Grains

A robust, crunchy summer salad from Hetty McKinnon.
Hetty McKinnon