This is a happy "accident".Yes, while it is very much like eating falafel in a pita, I like to think this is kicking it up a notch(and not as potentially messy). My sister once ordered a falafel platter to go from our local pizza place and she left over the salad it came with(covered in balsamic dressing) and some hummus. When I mixed them together, I realized this makes an awesome salad and came up with this creation. I recommend for a more 'bite size' salad to form smaller bite sized falafel balls rather than the traditional size ones to make it easier to eat.
Balsamic Hummus Dressing:
Step #1 : Prepare the dressing: To prepare dressing, combine hummus, vinegar, mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice and combine well. Add a small amount of salt and pepper if desired. Set Aside
Step #2: Make the pita croutons: Cut the pita bread into small bite-sized pieces and lightly toss in olive oil. Spread on to a greased baking sheet or in a baking pan and bake in a 350° oven for 10-15 minutes, tossing every now and then. Remove from oven and allow to cool/harden.
Step # 3: Assemble the salad: combine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pickles, and falafel. Pour dressing over salad and lightly toss. Add croutons, toss again, and serve. Enjoy the taste of the Middle East.