Chickpea fritters with salsa verde and queso fresco

When I first started preparing vegetarian meals, I had the most difficult time thinking of creative dishes. As a meat lover, I tend to get hungry quick if I don’t have enough protein in a vegetarian dish. Over the years, I have fine-tuned recipes and now can proudly say that making a meat-less dish is a cinch. These chickpea fritters with salsa verde and queso fresco are the perfect example of a vegetarian meal that deliver on flavor and substance; I almost (keyword here is almost) don’t miss the meat!

Chickpea Fritters with Salsa Verde and Queso Fresco
Yields 15-18 fritters
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
2706 calories
290 g
21 g
141 g
90 g
22 g
785 g
3087 g
47 g
0 g
109 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2706
Calories from Fat 1237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 141g
Saturated Fat 22g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 23g
Monounsaturated Fat 86g
Cholesterol 21mg
Sodium 3087mg
Total Carbohydrates 290g
Dietary Fiber 77g
Sugars 47g
Protein 90g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Salsa verde
  1. 1 tsp ground toasted fennel
  2. 1/2 tsp coriander
  3. 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  4. 1 cup parsley
  5. 2 cloves garlic
  6. juice and zest of 1 lemon
  7. salt and pepper
  8. 1/2 cup olive oil
Chickpea Fritters
  1. 14 oz chickpeas
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  4. 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  5. 1 tsp lemon zest
  6. 1 tbsp minced garlic
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. 1 tsp ground cumin
  9. 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  10. 4 tbsp flour
  11. 2 tbsp salsa verde
Remaining ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco
  1. Prepare salsa verde by blending all ingredients in blender or food processor. Let sit at least one hour.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the chickpea fritters. Pulse chickpeas until roughly chopped. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until combined but not blended.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Form chickpea mixture into balls about 2 tbsp big. Lay in the pan and pan fry until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining chickpea mixture.
  4. Drizzle salsa verde on top of chickpea fritters. Top with crumbled queso fresco. Serve immediately.
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

The inspiration behind these chickpea fritters was one of my favorite vegetarian side dishes, falafels. I decided to give the original falafel a twist by adding chili flakes, lemon zest and fresh herbs. Finish with homemade salsa verde and crumbled queso fresco and you suddenly have a Latin dish.

The easiest method to prepare the chickpea fritters is by using a food processor. Pulse the chickpeas until they resemble a paste. Do not over mix since you want a little texture in the fritters.

Combine the rest of the ingredients with the chickpeas and you are ready to get cooking. You can either pan fry the fritters or bake them in the oven. If baking in the oven, spray a lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape the patties and lay on the prepared baking sheet. Spray the fritters with cooking spray and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. 

You can prepare the chickpea fritter mix and salsa verde the day before. I actually prefer to make the salsa verde at least 24 hours in advance to allow the flavors to blend together.

Serve alongside a fresh salad or top a quinoa bowl with these chickpea fritters. Delicious if I do say so myself!


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  1. This recipe looks too delicious in the picture. I gotta give it a try. Bookmarked this page and I’ll try it on this Sunday. I love your recipes.

    • cma0425

      Thanks Adam! Hope you’ll enjoy the fritters as much as I did!

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