Falafel is great, but it can be a little dry. At the same time, adding a sauce is a great way to support the natural savory and herbaceous flavors. But what are the best sauces to use? Let’s find out.
So, what sauce to eat with falafel? Falafel is typically eaten with yogurt-based or creamy sauces. Tahini, cucumber, and dill sauces work particularly well and are most commonly associated with this fried chickpea fritter. Although hot sauce, garlic aioli, and mayonnaise are other excellent options to try.
Of course, what may be best for you will depend on your preferences and also the context.
Are you eating falafel on its own, as a sandwich or on a salad?
Are other ingredients involved and are you eating a traditional falafel recipe?
These are all questions to consider.
That being said, creamy sauces are generally best.
In fact, in Isreal; falafel is one of the countries national dishes – most commonly served with Tahini (a sweet and earthy paste made from sesame seeds).
So with this in mind, let us now take a look at two simple quick sauce recipes you should absolutely try with falafel!
Cucumber Sauce For Falafel
The following cucumber recipe is quick, easy, and delicious; you only need eight ingredients all of which are easy to find and you likely have already!
- 1 Cup of Grated Cucumber
- 1 Cup of Full Fat Greek Yogurt,
- 1 Clove of Garlic,
- 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice,
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil,
- 2 Teaspoons of Dried Dill,
- Salt and Pepper to taste,
- 1-2 Tablespoons of Water
Step One: Peel the cucumber and then finely grate it. Place the grated cucumber into a towel and squeeze out the water over a sink.
Step Two: Peel/crush the garlic.
Step Three: In a bowl, stir together all of the ingredients (including the drained cucumber). Combine and stir together well, and then water (around 1-2 tablespoons) – enough until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
Step Four: Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours prior to serving.
Step Five: Serve with your falafel and enjoy!
If you place this in an airtight container, it should last you up to around 5-7 days too!
Tahini Sauce For Falafel
The next recipe is for traditional tahini. Again it’s simple to do and only requires five ingredients!
- 1/2 Cup of Tahini Paste
- 1/4 Cup of Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil,
- ½ Teaspoon of Salt
- 2 Tablespoons of Water
Step One: In a bowl, combine the tahini paste, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Whisk to combine together.
Step Two: Add the water slowly, stirring to combine. You are looking for a creamy smooth consistency.
Step Three: Serve and enjoy, or add to the fridge for 1 hour prior to serving.
If you place this in an airtight container, it should last you up to around 2-3 weeks!
So there you have it.
6 different sauces to try with falafel.
At least, these are 6 typical and recommended pairings.
But do not let that stop you from experimenting!
You may find something that works even better for you.
And while I have provided you with a couple of recipes that are great for throwing together (especially if you are hosting guests), you may just want to buy a pre-made sauce for instant use.
That’s great too!
Just be sure that you enhance and support the various herbs and spices in the falafel.
A sauce should complement them; not mask them!
Looking for other ideal dipping sauce combinations? You may be interested in my following guides:
Hi there. I’m Jeremy – a passionate food technologist with several decades in the food industry. With a love for sauces, food, and nutrition, I decided to create WeWantTheSauce. Here I share my experience, knowledge, and recommendations; from ingredients and recipes to storage all the way through to nutrition for every sauce imaginable.