Looking for a hearty lunch? Try a tasty Lebanese falafel wrap made with flatbread & dressed in tahini dressing for a taste of the Middle East
Lebanese food has to be a real favourite of mine and I am often inspired by their dishes and flavours.
My latest sandwich, or should I say wrap, has all the flavours of Lebanon cuisine, with falafel, a flavoursone dip, salad, a creamy tahini dressing and the option of adding vegan feta to give that creamy but salty flavour of labneh.
A wee taste of Middle Eastern street food, but healthy fast food.
- 🌯 Vegan flatbread
- 🥙 What else can you use as wraps?
- 👩🏻🍳 Homemade or shop bought falafel?
- 💭 How to make shop bought falafel better?
- 📋 Lebanese falafel wrap ingredients
- 🥗 Pile that salad on
- 🥣 Middle Eastern dip
- 🥫 What is tahini?
- 🥛 Tahini dressing
- 🥛 Other vegan dips and dressings
- 🥄 Other delicious Middle Eastern toppings
- 💭 Falafel & Wrap FAQs
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- 🌯 More vegan wraps to try
- 📖 Recipe
🌯 Vegan flatbread
Flatbread makes a really hearty sandwich or wrap and are traditional in the Middle East (called taboon), but many are not vegan, so you do have to be aware of that.
Of course, you could make your own.
I found some vegan flatbreads, that were rather nice in Tesco. Not in the bread aislie, but next to the Mexican food, where they have a Mediterranean section.
A good buy!
🥙 What else can you use as wraps?
Here are a few other wrap ideas.
- Large flour tortillas - wheat, white or flavoured
- Naan bread - just make sure it's vegan
- Pitta bread - a falafel pita is so delicious too
👩🏻🍳 Homemade or shop bought falafel?
Homemade falafel is always good, but shop-bought is really convenient and not too bad if you are bringing in other flavours and textures, like in this falafel wrap.
Falafel is super easy to make at home and you don't need many ingredients.
They can all be deep or shallowed fried, which would be the traditional way of cooking falafel, but you can also oven bake them or roast them in the air fryer.
Each type would be fabulous in this vegan falafel wrap.
💭 How to make shop bought falafel better?
Shop bought falafel is convenient but can be a bit meh!
Perk it up, by either shallow frying it in a little oil until hot crisp and delicous or spray with a little oil and crisp up in an oven or air fryer.
My favourite method is air fryer falafel. Less oil, less time and nice and crisp.
Have an air fryer or thinking of getting one (they are amazing by the way), then check out my air fryer recipes.
📋 Lebanese falafel wrap ingredients
Here are the simple ingredients to make this falafel wrap recipe.
- flatbread - or a tortilla wrap or pita
- dip - used as a tasty spread (see recipe card)
- falafel - shop bought or homemade
- salad leaves - I used large baby gem lettuce, but you can use any lettuce or spinach
- salad vegetables
- baby beets - pickled or plain
- Lebanese dressing
🥗 Pile that salad on
There's plenty of salad in this falafel wrapper, giving lots of flavour, texture and crunch.
I added lettuce, cucumber, tomato, baby beets (pickled), but there are lots of options.
Lebanese salad & vegetables
Here are some vegetables traditionally used in Lebanese cooking you could include in your veg falafel wrap.
Choose 2 or 3 for that authentic flavour.
- Aubergine - eggplant, roasted
- Beetroot - grated or sliced
- Cabbage - shredded
- Carrots - grated
- Chard - shredded
- Cucumber - sliced
- Mint - chopped
- Onions - finely sliced
- Parsley - chopped
- Spinach - chopped
- Squash - roasted in cubes
- Tomatoes - sliced
Also, try it with a layer or homemade pickled cabbage. It's super easy to make and it has a good crunch and lots of flavour.
🥣 Middle Eastern dip
To give that authentic Middle Eastern flavour, I added a red pepper paste to the wrap before adding all the salad and falafel.
I couldn't find a Middle Eastern red pepper dip, so I used a red pepper tapenade which is similar with that rich and smoky roast pepper flavour.
It gives a real punch of flavour.
Here are a few more dips or sauces you could use to spread on your flatbread.
- Baba Ghanoush - a dip made with roasted and mashed aubergine (eggplant), lemon, tahini and garlic
- Hummus - try my easy hummus recipe
- Labneh - strained yoghurt with a little salt, that is like a soft cheese
- Mutabal - an aubergine dip made with tahini, yoghurt and lemon juice (try this vegan mutabal recipe)
- Tahini paste - comes ready to use in jars
- Toum - a garlic paste mixed with olive oil
- Yoghurt - vegan yoghurt mixed with mint or parsley
🥫 What is tahini?
Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds.
🥛 Tahini dressing
I finished off the wrap with a generous drizzle of tahini dressing.
I have to say it totally makes this Lebanese falafel sandwich something very special.
You can buy a tahini dressing, but it's super easy and quick to make at home.
Try my creamy tahini dressing which also makes the perfect tahini sauce for dunking falafel and vegetable sticks.
🥛 Other vegan dips and dressings
Here are a few more dips and dressings that would work well drizzled over these falafel kebabs.
- Garlic - a garlic and vegan yoghurt dressing
- Hummus - water it down with some olive oil until you have a dressing consistency and add a little paprika
- Pomegranate - try this easy pomegranate and lemon dressing
- Ranch dressing - one of my favourites, try my small batch ranch dressing
For more dip ideas, check out my dip, dressing and sauces page which is full of easy and delicious recipes.
🥄 Other delicious Middle Eastern toppings
You could also grill some vegan halloumi and make this a falafel halloumi wrap, which is even more hearty and droolworthy.
Vegan labneh or feta would also be a good topping.
Or why not add some pickled vegetables for a bit of zing?
These are usually made with turnips (not Scottish turnips which are big hairy beasts, but the small baby variety) or red onions.
Want to make your own? Try my easy 10 minute pickled onions.
💭 Falafel & Wrap FAQs
Here are a couple of tips.
A falafel wrap is much better served hot or at the very least warm, which brings out the flavours and contrasts with the cold, crisp salad and dressing.
Always. Falafel is at it's best when hot and crispy and even better if it's freshly made. If it's not reheat until hot and crisp for the best results.
Also, check out my guide to wraps 50 BEST Vegan Lunch Wraps & Easy FIlling Ideas.
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🌯 More vegan wraps to try
Here are a few more vegan wraps you might like to try next.
- Black Olive Couscous Wrap
- Greek Salad Lunch Wrap
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- Onion Bhaji Lunch Wrap
- Red Pepper & Kale Wrap
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Lebanese Falafel Wrap with Tahini Dressing
- 1 flatbread (or flour tortilla or pitta bread)
- 1 ½ tablespooms red pepper paste
- 2 large baby gem lettuce leaves (or other salad leaves)
- ½ large tomato (sliced)
- 4 slices cucumber
- 4 baby beets (pickled or plain ) halved or sliced if large
- 3 falafel
- ½ slice vegan feta
- 3 teaspoons tahini dressing
- Heat your flatbread in a dry pan (you can add a little oil) or in an air fryer, in a oven or under a grill (broiler). You just want to warm it, you don't want it too crispy. Soft is better. You can heat the falafel at the same time.
- Spread the flatbread with red pepper spread.
- Top with lettuce or salad leaves.
- Add the tomato slices, cucumber, slices, beets and falafel.
- Drizzle with tahini dressing.
- You can add some crumbled vegan feta, but this is optional. Optional but delicious)
- Have a napkin at the ready, hold tight and tuck in!
- You can replace the red pepper spread with
- olive tapenade
- red pesto
- tomato puree
- You can use homemade or shop-bought falafel
- Skip the feta to reduce calories