Falafel With Black Olives and Harissa Recipe

Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt

Why This Recipe Works

  • Spicy harissa paste and salty black olives give falafel a punchy twist.

When I first completed my recipe for falafel, my first thought was "That's great—now how do we make it hotter?" That thought was immediately followed by some digging through the refrigerator for condiments, mixing them into batches of my raw falafel dough to see how they'd taste. I settled on harissa, the North African spice paste. It comes in a baffling variety of heat levels and styles, but for falafel, I like the high heat of DEA-brand harissa, which has chilies, garlic, coriander seed, and a good dose of caraway.

Recipe Details

Falafel With Black Olives and Harissa Recipe

Active 25 mins
Total 8 hrs 40 mins
Serves 4 servings



  1. Complete Easy, Herb-Packed Falafel recipe through the end of step 2. Add harissa and black olives to falafel mixture and fold in gently with a rubber spatula. Continue cooking falafel as directed, starting with step 3. Serve with zhug or tahini sauce.

Special equipment

Salad spinner, food processor, instant-read thermometer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
331 Calories
29g Fat
15g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 331
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 232mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)