Savoury balls with Lemon and Chive Dressing

These balls are similar to falafel however without chickpeas. They can be served as a salad, as appetizers or snack or can be used inside a wrap. The balls are vegan as there are no eggs and the binding ingredient are the flax seeds.

The dressing is a great alternative to mayo and I suggest you try it out to make your salads more interesting.

Savoury Balls with Lemon and Chive Dressing
Yields 21
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 2 medium carrots
  2. 4 large mushrooms
  3. 1 small onion
  4. 50g flax seeds
  5. 150g sunflower seeds
  6. 150g pistachio nuts
  7. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  8. 1 teaspoon cumin
  9. fresh ground pepper
For the dressing
  1. ½ cup greek yoghurt
  2. 4 fresh chive leaves
  3. ¼ lemon
  1. Soak the sunflower seeds and flaxseeds in water for at least two hours. Then rinse under running water.
  2. Preheat oven at 180°C.
  3. Blend the carrots, mushrooms, onions in a food processor until finely diced.
  4. Add the seeds and remaining ingredients and blend well until you have a soft even consistency and the seeds have broken down.
  5. Start forming balls using the palm of your hands and place on tray with baking paper. I had 21 balls.
  6. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Then turn over and bake for a further 10 minutes. Cooking depends on oven so check them out. They might need less or more time.
  7. While the balls are cooking, take the greek yogurt and add zest and juice of ¼ lemon. Chop the chives and stir them in greek yoghurt. Keep some extra for garnish.
  8. Serve with salad, bread or as a snack and sprinkle with remaining chives.
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