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Turkish Falafel Potato Bowl with Lemon Sesame Dressing

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School Foodservice

Prep Time

20 Mins

Cook Time

30 Mins


Serves 24



Mashed Potatoes

  • 4.5 pounds (2kg) Prepared Mashed Potatoes


  • 4.5 pounds (2 kg) Prepared Falafel Mix

Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

  • 2 cups (480ml) Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup (75g) English Cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup (6g) Mint, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons (2g) Dill, dried

Lemon-Sesame Dressing

  • ½ cup (120ml) Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter)
  • 3 fluid ounces (89ml) Water (more if needed)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Honey
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) Sesame Oil
  • 2 each (10g) Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon (~1g) Kosher Salt
  • As Needed Chopped Parsley (Garnish), optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 °F (232 °C).
  2. Prepare the falafel mix and shape into 48 1-1/2 ounce patties, this can be done using a red #24 (1.5 ounce) disher.
  3. Once the patties are formed into balls, place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, using a wet hand, gently press the falafel balls down slightly.  Bake the falafels for 15-20 minutes or until they are crispy.
  4. To prepare the mashed potatoes, simply follow the instructions on the manufacturer’s packaging and hold warm at >145 F for no longer than 4 hours.
  5. To make the yogurt sauce: combine the yogurt, cucumber, mint, and dill together in a large bowl.  Keep the sauce cold (<40 °F or <4.4 °C)
  6. To make the lemon-sesame dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, water, lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, sesame oil, garlic, and salt until smooth. If the dressing is too thick, add more water, ½ tablespoon at a time, until it’s a drizzleable consistency.
  7. To plate up, place a ½ cup or white disher of the mashed potatoes at the base. Spoon 1 ounce of the yogurt dressing followed by two falafel. Drizzle a tablespoon of the dressing over the potato bowl and garnish with chopped parsley if desired. This dish can be made with a baked potato instead of mashed potatoes if desired.


If falafel is not an option, turkey meatballs can also be used.


Turkey Meatball Mashed Potato Bowl with Lemon Sesame Dressing

Nutrition for this variation:
Calories: 240, Fat: 11 g, Sodium: 470 mg, Vitamin C: 9 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protien: 10 g, Potassium: 310 mg, Sugar: 5 g

Turkish Falafel Baked Potato with Lemon Sesame Dressing

Nutrition for this variation:
Calories: 470, Fat: 18 g, Sodium: 290 mg, Vitamin C: 14 mg, Carbohydrates: 60 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protien: 18 g, Potassium: 1311 mg, Sugar: 4 g

Turkey Meatball Baked Potato with Lemon Sesame Dressing

Nutrition for this variation:
Calories: 290, Fat: 7 g, Sodium: 350 mg, Vitamin C: 13 mg, Carbohydrates: 46 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protien: 12 g, Potassium: 950 mg, Sugar: 6 g


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