Select Page

Falafel with Miso Dressing

This vegan falafel is crunchy on the outside and smooth on the inside, and pairs well with the sweet-and-sour miso dressing!



Prep Time:

15 min.

Bake for:

30 min.

Good For:



Falafel with Miso Dressing

It’s frowned upon to make falafel with canned chickpeas (gasp!) but in Japan where it’s hard to find dried chickpeas, I’ve had to make do. Here’s a gluten-free, dairy-free falafel recipe I conjured up that is also mess free (no deep frying), crunchy on the outside and smooth on the inside, and doesn’t fall apart while you’re trying to make them (they’re held together by arrowroot powder but you can also use cornstarch).

I’ve been on a miso kick recently which is why I’ve paired the falafel with a sweet-and-sour miso dressing, but it goes well with Tzatziki sauce too (recipe here)!

falafel with miso dressing eat with meraki



  • Chickpeas, 350~380 grams
  • Parsley, a handful (5 small sprigs)
  • Fennel, a handful
  • Onion, 1/4 cut
  • Garlic, 2 cloves
  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp. and a bit more for drizzling
  • Arrowroot powder (or cornstarch), 1 tbsp.
  • Cumin, 1 tsp.
  • Salt, 1/2 tsp.
  • Black pepper, 1 tsp.
  • Ground paprika, 1/2 tsp.
  • Ground coriander, 1/2 tsp.


  • White miso paste, 2 tbsp.
  • Olive oil, 3 tbsp.
  • Lemon juice, 1/4 cut

      Preheat your oven to 200C.

      Drain chickpeas from water and pat them dry. Falafel recipes usually call for dried chickpeas but it can be hard to find them in Japan, so for this recipe we are using canned chickpeas.

      Dice your onion and garlic. 

      Blend all the falafel ingredients in a food processor until smooth. 

      Line your baking tray with a baking sheet and drizzle some olive oil on it.

      Make round circles with the falafel mix and place neatly on the tray. 

      Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the falafel to bake the other side for another 15 minutes. Note that this is the trickiest part of the recipe as the mixture will still be quite sticky and wet! 

      In the meantime, mix your miso dressing ingredients until smooth. 

      Drizzle your dressing (ha that’s fun to say) over your freshly baked falafel and serve immediately with salad!

      More Recipes

      Mediterranean Stuffed Squid

      Mediterranean Stuffed Squid

      Mediterranean Stuffed SquidPreparing seafood doesn't have to be difficult! Here's a fun way to enjoy squid.Servings 2~3Prep Time: 20 min.Bake for: 20 min.Good For: Lunch, DinnerIntroduction Mediterranean Stuffed SquidWe've been having several really hot days and as we...

      Vegan Frittata

      Vegan Frittata

      Vegan FrittataQuick lunch idea that both kids and adults can enjoy! Crispy at the top and filled with delicious veggies.Servings 2~3Prep Time: 10 min.Chill for: 1-3 daysGood For: Snacks, AppetizersIntroduction Vegan Frittata My friend came over and suggested we make a...

      Coconut Yogurt Bark

      Coconut Yogurt Bark

      Coconut Yogurt BarkA healthy and quick vegan snack for the warmer days to come!Servings 3~4Prep Time: 10 min.Chill for: 2~3 hrs.Good For: Snacks, DessertsIntroduction Coconut Yogurt Bark It's finally spring! Embracing the warm weather with snack ideas to cool down the...

      Chocolate Matcha Easter Cookies

      Chocolate Matcha Easter Cookies

      Chocolate Matcha Easter CookieA delightful bittersweet cookie to celebrate Easter and spring!Servings 12Prep Time: 10 min.Bake for: 15 min.Good For: Snacks, DessertsIntroduction Chocolate Matcha Easter Cookie Can you tell I’ve been playing Wingspan (a board game about...

      No Bake Carrot Cake

      No Bake Carrot Cake

      No Bake Carrot CakeA refreshing and easy Easter dessert using 100% vegan ingredients.Servings 3~4Prep Time: 10~15 min.Chill for: 2 hoursGood For: DessertsIntroduction No Bake Carrot Cake I love no-bake desserts especially as the weather gets warmer (and my time gets...

      Vegan Labneh

      Vegan Labneh

      Vegan LabnehA creamy, cheesy Middle Eastern dip using only three ingredients!Servings 3Prep Time: 5 min.Chill for: 1-3 daysGood For: Snacks, AppetizersIntroduction Vegan Labneh What is labneh? Labneh is a tangy Middle Eastern cheese made using strained yogurt. After...