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Friends, serve a plate of Skinnytaste’s Un-Fried Falafel Recipe, made from my friend Gina’s new cookbook: The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinner Cookbook. You can grab more details below.

How to make Air Fryer Falafel

Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern “fast food” made of a mixture of chickpeas, fresh herbs, and spices that are formed into balls. If you love the air fryer, maybe you’ve already tried these popular Bacon-Wrapped Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers.

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plate of Air Fryer Falafel

What exactly is a falafel?

This Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern “fast food” recipe, but made healthier in the air fryer. Better yet, serve it on The Big Board.

Simple ingredients for falafel

  • Chickpeas
  • Yellow onion + garlic
  • Parsley + cilantro + scallions
  • Cumin + kosher salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Baking powder
  • All purpose flour
  • Olive oil spray

How to make Falafel

What does falafel taste like?

Though the ingredients in it may vary, traditional falafel has a crunchy texture and a rich, savory, grainy flavor with many herbs and spices including coriander, cumin, parsley, and mint.

You can make this recipe into patties or small balls.

How to make Air Fryer Falafel boards

How do you serve falafel?

This recipe is served with hummus and tahini sauce, which is known as a “falafel plate”.

This makes a delicious board for Game Day, or a potluck appetizer. And guess what? They’re made in the air fryer!

What to put on The Big Board (for Game Day)

This is a great recipe to add to The BIG BOARD!

  • Plate of Un-Fried Falafel Recipe (below)
  • Hummus
  • Tahini
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Pita bread

How to make Air Fryer Falafel Board

The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinner Cookbook

My friend Gina’s Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners is finally available. Here’s the link to get a copy!

In Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinners, Gina delivers 75 air fryer meals, easy for weeknight meals, hearty dinners, or even entertaining!

You can try Gina’s California-style burritos made with steak and fried potatoes, or her perfectly cooked salmon, topped with mustard and dill.

skinnytaste air fryer dinners cookbook

Why cook with an air fryer?

Air fryers allow you to cook meals with less oil, by using hot, well-circulated air to evenly cook and crisp up foods.

More air fryer recipes to try:

English Muffin Pepperoni Pizza

Mozzarella Sticks with Chick-Fil-A-Sauce

Want to make an Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato Board?

Or Buffalo Chicken Nuggets?

Also, there’s little clean-up, which I LOVE.

Air Fryer Falafel

I came across this quote a few weeks ago, and I’m still thinking about it. So I thought I’d share it with you, as it’s inspiring.

Plant seeds of humility

“Make it a bimonthly goal to engage in a conversation with one who is not part of your political, religious or cultural community, with the intention of learning something from them. Then, watch humility grow, which is a forgotten, yet desperately needed, virtue in our age of polarization and cancellation.”
— Paul Lim

We doubled this recipe, and then plated it on The Big Board, and added the other board items.

Thank you Gina for another wonderful recipe & cookbook!


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Un-Fried Falafel Recipe

Made from The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Dinner Cookbook
Yield: 4
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  • 1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • cup roughly chopped parsley
  • cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • cup chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • Olive oil spray

Serve on a board with:

  • Plate of Un-Fried Falafel Recipe
  • Small bowl of hummus
  • Small bowl of tahini
  • 4-6 sliced tomatoes, like you’d slice for a burger
  • 2-4 sliced cucumber
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • Pita bread cut into quarters



  • Dry the chickpeas on paper towels.
  • In a food processor, combine the onion and garlic and pulse a few times until roughly chopped. Add the parsley, cilantro, scallions, cumin, salt and pepper flakes. Pulse until well blended, 30-60 seconds. Add the chickpeas and pulse 2-3 times more, until just blended, but still slightly chunky NOT pureed.
  • Add the baking powder and flour, scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula, and pulse 2-3 times until just combined. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours or freeze for 20 minutes.
  • Form the falafel mixture into 12 balls. (If it’s too sticky, lightly dust your hands with flour :)
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Spritz the falafel with oil. Working in batches, add the falafel to the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook until golden brown and crisp, about 14 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Serve on a board with pita, hummus, tahini sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions. ENJOY!
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Course: Appetizer
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board of Air Fryer Falafel