Falafel Bowls (Homemade Cava Bowls)

Inspired by Cava Grill, these falafel bowls are loaded with all your favorite Mediterranean toppings including hummus, tzatziki, feta, and tahini.

Have you ever had falafel? I will be 100% honest and say that I never tried falafel (or hummus) before college. Crazy, right?!

Isaac is Jewish so naturally, he grew up eating this kind of stuff and quickly introduced me to both falafel and hummus once we started dating. I distinctly remember the first time he made hummus for me in college… using a boxed mix that you just add water and olive oil to… long before hummus was in every grocery store! It was warm and creamy and unlike anything I’d ever tasted.

And that’s when we fell in love… j/k that came a little later.

Falafel bowl with baked falafel, hummus, feta, pita, salad and rice.

I started to enjoy Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food the more Isaac introduced me to things, but it wasn’t until our trip to Israel that I became totally hooked and started really experimenting on my own. The first thing I shared was an Israeli salad and then I went on to make homemade baked falafel. Since then I’ve added a few more Mediterranean basics to EBF, like homemade baked pita chips and homemade tzatziki sauce. As you’ll see, these falafel bowls put all of these recipes to good use!

This plant-based meal is one of our new go-to’s. It includes a base of baby spinach, brown rice, purple cabbage, baked falafel, and a variety of delicious sauces to top it all off.

Hand holding a bowl of mixed greens and brown rice topped with Mediterranean dips, feta, pita and baked falafel.

What is Falafel Made of?

The short answer? Chickpeas! The long answer? I like to make my falafel with chickpeas, chopped onions, fresh garlic, fresh parsley, lemon juice, and a variety of spices. The end result is a high protein, vegetarian, flavor bomb!

What Should I Serve With Falafel?

There are soooo many options when it comes to serving falafel! You can obviously make this delicious falafel bowl, you can eat falafel on their own, eat them with hummus or tahini sauce, in a pita sandwich, on top of a salad… see I told you the options were endless.

Falafel bowl with baked falafel, hummus, feta, pita, salad and rice.

How to Make a Falafel Bowl

Start by prepping all of the components in advance. I like to meal prep a lot of the components on Sunday so I can quickly make the bowls for lunch or dinner throughout the week. Feel free to prep the falafel, Israeli salad, hummus, tzatziki, and tahini dressing ahead of time if you want!

Now comes the fun part: putting it all together! Start by adding baby spinach, brown rice, and cabbage to the bowl – you can layer this, mix it, or arrange it for a pretty Instagram picture. 😉 Top each bowl with falafel patties, Israeli salad, hummus, tzatziki, harissa, feta, and pickled onions. These bowls almost don’t even need a dressing because all of the toppings are so flavorful and act as a dressing, but I love my zesty tahini dressing and highly recommend making a batch to serve on the side with these bowls! New favorite meal = done and done.

Falafel Bowl Shortcuts

Another option is to buy store-bought toppings instead of making your own. Store-bought hummus and tzatziki are great options if you’re short on time. I was inspired by Cava for these bowls and they actually make a ton of their toppings and sell them at Whole Foods, including their hummus, tzatziki, and harissa.

Cooking brown rice is super easy, but in a pinch, I’ll pick up frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. It cooks up in 3 minutes and is a total time-saver for busy weeknights.

two falafel bowls on a table surrounded by cucumber tomato salad in a bowl, dips and pita.

More Middle Eastern Recipes:

If you make these falafel bowls, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers. 

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Falafel bowl with baked falafel, hummus, feta, pita, salad and rice.

Falafel Bowls (Homemade Cava Bowls)

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 54 minutes
  • Yield: 4 bowls


A plant-based Mediterranean meal that you can prep ahead of time for delicious meals all week long. 



  1. Prep all falafel, Israeli salad, hummus, tzatziki, and tahini dressing by following linked recipes.
  2. Combine bowls by adding 1 cup chopped baby spinach, 1/2 cup brown rice, and 1/4 cup chopped purple cabbage to each bowl.
  3. Top each bowl with 3-4 baked falafel patties, 1/2 cup Israeli salad, 2 Tablespoons hummus, 2 Tablespoons tzatziki, 1 Tablespoon harissa, 1 Tablespoon feta and pickled onions, if using. Serve bowls with zesty tahini dressing on the side so each person can add the dressing to taste.
  4. Serve with a side of fresh pita bread or baked pita chips.


  • Harissa is super spicy and might be hard to find. If you don’t like spicy foods or can’t find it, simply omit it from the recipe.
  • If you want more protein, my apple cider vinegar chicken would be an awesome addition!
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Prep
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 535
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fat: 29g
  • Carbohydrates: 58g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Protein: 20g

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Recipe rating

    1. Amanda bii
      January 6, 2021 AT 9:03 pm

      Soooo yummy. A keeper

    2. Monica A Szabo
      November 13, 2020 AT 5:20 am

      This recipe was a great and super delicious.

    3. Heather
      June 29, 2020 AT 3:40 pm

      This was incredibly delicious, we loved every bite! My 3 kiddos 6 and under also loved it and kept asking for more!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2020 AT 8:12 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad this recipe was a hit with your kiddos, Heather. That’s always a win! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    4. Jenny Larkum
      April 26, 2020 AT 6:28 pm

      So incredibly delicious! This will absolutely become a regular in the meal planning. That tahini dressing is so so good!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 26, 2020 AT 6:53 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this dish, Jenny. Thanks so much for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    5. Andrea a.
      March 25, 2020 AT 9:30 pm

      This was an AMAZING dinner! My husband, who didn’t even know what a falafel was, really enjoyed it! I made everything from scratch except the hummus, and instead of your tahini dressing, I made a lemon vinaigrette that I didn’t need to use because all the flavors were amazing together. My almost 11 month old liked the falafel as well! Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 26, 2020 AT 2:58 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Andrea!! I’m so glad this was a hit with your family. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it. <3

    6. The Inspired Abode
      February 21, 2020 AT 12:06 pm

      We made homemade baked falafel for the first time a couple of weeks ago & omg it was good! We love playing around with new bowls & LOVE Cava, so we’re super excited to try this recipe!!

      xo, Brooke & Kelcy
      The Inspired Abode

    7. Janene Freitag
      December 6, 2019 AT 2:29 pm

      I am planning to make this over the weekend! I can’t wait!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2019 AT 12:41 pm

        How’d it turn out for you, Janene?!

    8. Rachel
      June 30, 2019 AT 9:10 pm

      WOW! I knew this would be good when we shared the same falafelosophy: once thought of it must be had ASAP, there’s no time for soaking. Your falafel recipe is the best, I baked in the air fryer and they were the perfect textures. The zesty tahini was awesome drizzled along with the tzatziki. Great idea, great dinner, absolutely will be making again!!!

    9. Dani
      June 12, 2019 AT 10:27 pm

      I made these tonight – super flavorful and filling! I’ll definitely be making them again.

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