Easy 30-Minute Falafel Rice Bowls

Creamy hummus, crispy falafel, fresh veggies and tasty flavors like honey, lemon, and feta. These easy 30-minute rice bowls are vegetarian and healthy!


On this hot and humid summer day, I have something light and fresh and Lebanese-inspired for you!

This tasty rice bowl has crispy falafel and creamy hummus, combined with lots of fresh ingredients and herbs, and topped with a homemade vinaigrette dressing.


I love this recipe because the combo of flavors (like dill, lemon, honey, and feta) is so addictingly delicious and also really unique.

The same old summer staples – burgers and grilled chicken – can get boring after a while.

This falafel rice bowl is something completely different for dinner.


One thing I should mention: these falafel rice bowls have so many elements, I’d have to spend well over an hour to create them from scratch.

But, especially in the summer, all I want are simple, streamlined meals.


So to make this falafel rice bowl a 30-minute meal, I take a few shortcuts.

I use packaged rice pilaf (it takes about 20 minutes to cook on the stovetop or in the microwave).

I also use packaged hummus.

And (did you know this?) you can also buy falafel prepared and packaged!

I was thrilled when I found this out because I love falafel, but it takes some real time and skill to make from scratch (it’s made of ground chickpeas, oil, herbs, and seasonings).

The kind I buy is packaged and refrigerated and located near the hummus in the grocery store.

You just toss the prepared falafel patties onto a baking sheet and then heat them up in the oven until they’re warmed through.

So easy!

I think the packaged falafel is tasty but really dry, so I like to serve it with creamy hummus for these rice bowls.


There are plenty of healthy and fresh ingredients in these falafel rice bowls too.

I love adding crisp mixed greens, cucumber, and tomato.

Then I drizzle on an easy homemade vinaigrette made with olive oil, fresh lemon, and honey.

And I top it all off with fresh dill and savory crumbled feta for lots of delish Mediterranean-inspired flavor.


This Lebanese-inspired rice bowl is a healthy, complete, vegetarian dinner that also happens to be really filling, satisfying, and delicious.

I love that it’s quick and easy to throw together in 30 minutes.

Plus, you get a little bit of everything delicious and wonderful in each and every bite: crisp veggies, creamy hummus, savory falafel, tart lemon, salty feta, sweet honey, and fresh herbs!


Here’s the recipe for Easy 30-Minute Falafel Rice Bowls:

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Easy 30-Minute Falafel Rice Bowls

  • Author: Jen Elizabeth's Journals
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian


Creamy hummus, crispy falafel, fresh veggies and tasty flavors like honey, lemon, and feta. These easy 30-minute rice bowls are vegetarian and healthy!



For the Falafel Rice Bowls:

  • 6 ounce package rice pilaf mix
  • 7 ounce package falafel patties (6 falafel patties)
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 small cucumber, diced
  • 6 ounces organic traditional hummus
  • 1/2 cup organic crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper


For the Falafel Rice Bowls:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prepare rice pilaf according to package instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, arrange falafel patties on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until patties are heated through and crispy on the outside, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Set out four serving bowls. Fill one side of each serving bowl with salad: mixed greens, tomato, and cucumber.
  5. Fill the other side of each serving bowl with rice pilaf. Arrange one and a half falafel patties and a scoop of hummus next to the rice (see photos).
  6. Drizzle Vinaigrette over each salad (see recipe below). Top each bowl with feta crumbles and plenty of fresh chopped dill.
  7. Serve while rice and falafel are still warm.

For the Vinaigrette:

  1. Add the olive oil, vinegar, honey, lemon zest, and garlic powder to a bowl. Season thoroughly with salt and pepper.
  2. Whisk until vinaigrette is thick, smooth, and well combined.

Keywords: Lebanese, Mediterranean, falafel, rice bowl, salad, feta, hummus, healthy


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