High Street Falafel Salads: A Review

‘Never say no to a free lunch’ is one of my life maxims, and courtesy of the lovely folk at Greggs, I’ve been eating falafel salads all week! They asked me to compare their latest range of summer salads to their some of the others in the market. I chose falafel simply because I absolutely love it, making eating it all week pretty easy!

Monday – Greggs Falafel, Harissa, Roast vegetable and Grain Salad  


The falafels themselves are excellent, just the right amount of crumble, and a yummy savoury taste. The salad leaves were all really fresh and there were some lovely chunks of sweet roasted red onion in there too.  Packaging wise Greggs have nailed this – it’s easy to transport (no leakages), made mostly of cardboard (yay environment), and comes with a plastic KNIFE as well as fork. On the downsides, the yoghurt and harissa dipping sauces were both a bit too vinegary for me, coupled with the vinaigrette on the couscous and pearl barley it made the whole salad a bit well… vinegary. A sweet chilli dipping sauce might have been a better option. Vinegar aside, the salad looks excellent, tastes pretty good and looked very fresh.

  • Taste 4/5
  • Value for Money 5/5
  • Freshness 5/5
  • Nutrition 4/5
  • Aesthetics 5/5

Total score: 23/25

Tuesday – Pret a Manger Sweet Potato Falafel and Smashed Beets Veggie Box 

I don’t like beetroot so this wasn’t off to a great start, though it did look lovely and colourful in the box with a big old dollop of beetroot hummus right on top. I did try some for the purpose of fairness but it wasn’t for me so I scraped quite a bit of it off. If you like beetroot though it did add a nice sweetness. The rest of the salad was tasty with a pleasantly zingy green dressing. The sweet potato falafel had lovely, slightly curried flavour to them (probably from the turmeric) but you only get two which is a bit mean.  Brown rice and quinoa made for a tasty and nutritious carb, and I really liked the addition of pomegranate. It looses points on freshness though, the two avocado slices means this salad didn’t look fantastic after I took it out of the fridge, and the packaging just wasn’t as nice as Greggs.

  • Taste 4/5
  • Value for Money 3/5
  • Freshness 3/5
  • Nutrition 5/5
  • Aesthetics 2/5

Total score: 17/25

Wednesday – M&S Bulgar Wheat and Falafel salad 



This one was a winner on all fronts apart from the falafel. The bulgar wheat was delicious, with lovely fresh veg mixed in. There was a little corner of hummus hiding under it which was delightful, plus the crumbled feta on top took this salad to another level. The falafel itself was really sad though, it was soooo crumbly it had actually already broken up in the box before I ate it, so it wasn’t in lovely rounds any more – just in little pieces. Packaging and appearance wise this looked great, with the cherry tomatoes giving a lovely pop of colour. Shame about the falafel though.

  • Taste 5/5
  • Value for Money 3/5
  • Freshness 3/5
  • Nutrition 4/5
  • Aesthetics 4/5

Total score: 19/25

Thursday – Starbucks Falfel and Quinoa Lentil salad


This had to be the worst of the bunch. Lots of falafel, but it was very dry and bland, and the only dip provided was a beetroot hummus which didn’t add anything to the moisture. The quinoa was extremely minty and didn’t taste of much else. The cucumber was nice and fresh and probably the only bit I really enjoyed. Overall, this was really disappointing and I ended up getting some crisps from the canteen instead!

  • Taste 1/5
  • Value for Money 2/5
  • Freshness 4/5
  • Nutrition 4/5
  • Aesthetics 3/5

Total score: 14/25

Friday – Boots Carrot and Coriander Falafel Salad 


Not being a coriander fan, I didn’t expect to like this one but I was pleasantly surprised! The falafel was really flavoursome and the bulgar wheat was pleasantly simple and not covered in horrible minty dressing like the Starbucks experience. A nice little pot of mint dressing meant I could control the flavour myself. The salad also came with shredded carrots which were nice and fresh. The only thing was it was a little bit on the small side, I was definitely hungry after this one! But seeing as it’s part of the Boots meal deal you can treat yourself to a snack too.

  • Taste 4/5
  • Value for Money 5/5
  • Freshness 4/5
  • Nutrition 4/5
  • Aesthetics 2/5

Total score: 19/25

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