Falafel Patties with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Hooray for another quick and easy weeknight dinner that’s delicious.  I first made this dinner while Branden wasn’t home because I wasn’t sure that he’d be super keen about a dinner without meat.  I loved it and to my dismay, he came home and ate all the leftovers, complaining that there weren’t more.  So now when I make this dish, I make a double batch so he can have multiple sandwiches and I can pack my lunch.


  • 1 small Haas avocado
  • 2 TBS fat-free sour cream
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 2 TBS minced red onion
  • 2 TBS fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (15.5 oz. can)
  • 1/4 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 c. plain, dried bread crumbs
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 TBS chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 4 pitas, 7-inch
  1. To make the sauce, mash the avocado in a small bowl.  Add the sour cream, tomato, onion, lime juice, and salt, stirring to combine.  Set aside.
  2. Mash the beans in a large bowl.  Add the Monterey Jack, bread crumbs, scallions, cilantro, egg white, and cumin, stirring to mix well.  With damp hands, form the mixture into 4 patties
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the patties and cook until browned and crispy, about 3 minutes on each side.
  4. Cut off the top third of each pita and reserve for another use.  Stuff each pita with a falafel patty and top with about 2 TBS of the avocado sauce.

We also like to jam some peppery arugula or mixed greens in the pita, too!

Categories: Entrees, Recipes | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Falafel Patties with Avocado-Lime Sauce

  1. I like that these aren’t fried. Very cool meal and it won’t heat up the kitchen.

  2. I love deep fried falafel, too- don’t get me wrong! This is so much simpler and healthier, though which you can’t beat! Honestly, it gets a nice little crunch on the outside too which is nice when pan fried with a little oil.

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