Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tabbouleh Salad with Tahini Mint Sauce

Tabbouleh salad is one of my favorite salads and is incredibly healthy too!  Because the salad contains large amounts of parsley it is loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.  And with the addition of chickpeas it is a good source of protein and fiber.  I eat Tabbouleh salad just about every day for lunch...whether I make it myself or purchase it from Whole Foods Market, I just can't get enough of it!  I like to serve it as a side dish with falafels, hummus and whole wheat pita bread or lavash.

Salad Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups finely chopped parsley (rinse really well and dry in a salad spinner or paper towels before chopping)
1 1/2 cups cooked bulgur wheat
1/2 cup finely diced English cucumber with skin
1/2 cup seeded, finely diced tomatoes
1/4 cup finely chopped mint (rinse and dry really well)
1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and dried
Juice from two lemons
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • Bring a cup of water to boil, place the bulgur in a bowl and cover with water.  The water should cover the bulgur 1/8 - 1/4 inch.
  • Cover bowl with a plate and let rest for 30-40 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork.  If there is any water remaining after sitting, drain the bulgur really well and then pat dry on a paper towel.
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add lemon juice, red wine vinegar and olive oil.
  • Let Tabbouleh sit in the refrigerator for about an hour for the flavors to develop.  Taste and adjust seasons if necessary.
Tahini-Mint Sauce:

3 tbsp Tahini sauce/paste
Juice of three lemons (or to taste)
1/4 cup chopped mint
1 tbsp Vegenaise or Follow Your Heart sour cream
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp non dairy milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Water to thin to desired consistency

  • In a food processor or blender, mix all ingredients until smooth and creamy.  Should have a consistency of heavy cream.
  • Adjust seasoning if necessary. 

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