Hungry Haley

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Easy Falafel Salad w/ Tahini Dressing (Vegan, GF)

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There's just something about wearing an apron that makes me feel - excuse my French - baaaaaada$$. 

That feeling used to come from my track uniform/workout clothes (high school years). And before that, it was my keychain with my car keys on it (teenage years). Anything before that doesn't fit into my memory anymore, so don't ask. 

But, back to the apron. My mom always used to ask me, whenever we'd begin prepping for dinner, if I wanted to put one on, too. "Ehh, no I'm okay", I'd respond, not really seeing the point in wearing one unless we planned to throw flour at each other or something. 

Lately, though, I've worn my apron almost every single day. Every. Single. Day. And I refuse to take it off until absolutely necessary. In other words, I'm tied up in my apron from about 8 AM until sometime around 3 or 4 PM. It's absolutely awesome. 

I'm not always working with messy ingredients (like in the case of this falafel salad), so the apron technically isn't necessary. However, it's become a sort of uniform for me. With my apron on, I know it's game-time. Maybe that sounds weird or lame or old-fashioned of me, but I freakin' love it. I wrap the strings around my waist, tie a bow in the front, and can somehow put away for the time-being all other items on my to-do list, all other commitments yearning for my attention. 

Easy Falafel Salad w/ Tahini Dressing (Vegan, GF)

In my apron, I first fell in love with cooking. I helped my grandma make her signature raspberry jam years ago. I whipped up endless batches of Christmas cookies for Mom's friends and Dad's coworkers. I conquered my first ever batch of fluffy vegan cinnamon rolls. I tried my hand at a less-fried version of falafel and succeeded. 

My apron has taken the place of my track uniform and my keychain. Hooray for growing up! 

My apron made prepping this salad that much more enjoyable, meaningful.

Easy Falafel Salad w/ Tahini Dressing (Vegan, GF)

Speaking of this salad...

Do you LOVE falafel as much as I do? I suppose I should ask first if you even know how much I love falafel? If you don't, well... it's inexplicable. In other words, it's the true kind of love. Even though it's fried (a cooking method I usually try to avoid), I just can't say no. Wrap it up it a warm, homemade pita pocket and OHMYWORD I'm practically begging on my knees. 

But, like, salads are good, too, right? Because sometimes that pita adds that much more heaviness to an already filling meal. Besides, nothing beats crisp greens in almost-triple-digit weather! 

Makes 2 salads

2 large carrots, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
mixed greens
Homemade Falafel (one batch is fine)
Tahini Dressing
Cilantro and parsley, for garnish

  1. Once all the veggies have been chopped, the greens have been washed, and the falafel and tahini dressing have been prepped, all that's left to do is toss the ingredients together in bowls!
  2. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with fresh herbs before serving. Enjoy! 
Easy Falafel Salad w/ Tahini Dressing (Vegan, GF)