03.22.16

TABBOULEH SALAD WITH CHICKEN

tabbouleh salad | designlovefest

i buy pre-packaged tabbouleh at the store fairly often. it’s a great snack to have on hand and a flexible side dish to accompany your dinner. but i wanted to make our own version so that i could make some adaptations, swap bulgar for quinoa, add chopped almonds for texture, adjust the dressings as desired and add chicken to make it a bit more filing. the outcome was delicious and completely nutrious and we’re showing you our ways below! – joanie

tabbouleh salad | designlovefest

this is a very forgiving salad, you can eye ball the measurements and adjust the ingredients to your liking without risk of ruining anything. also, i’m going to strongly recommend that you buy organic herbs, they can be serious carriers of pesticides since they are so delicate and absorbent. in my opinion, it’s worth the extra couple of bucks.

what you’ll need: 
• 1 red onion finely chopped
• 2 cucumbers cubed
• 2 cups cooked quinoa
• 2 lemons
• 1/2 cup chopped almonds (we used raw but i’m sure roasted and salted would also be delicious). 
• 3 large bunches of parsley chopped
• 2 bunches of mint chopped
• 3 garlic cloves minced
• 8 ounces cherry tomatoes quartered
• 1 shallot thinly sliced
• 1/4 olive oil
• salt and papper
optional:
• rotisserie chicken, shredded
• hummus
• flat bread

tabbouleh salad | designlovefest
tabbouleh salad | designlovefest
tabbouleh salad | designlovefest
tabbouleh salad | designlovefest

• the assembling of this salad is pretty self-explanatory and you can feel free to have at it. one tip is that once the parsley is chopped squeeze half of a lemon, a tablespoon of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt on top and then use your hands to rub it all together. i felt like this opened up the flavors but i could just be making that part up.

tabbouleh salad | designlovefest
tabbouleh salad | designlovefest
tabbouleh salad | designlovefest

• add all of the veggie ingredients and quinoa into a large bowl. you can place them in lines for a pretty presentation or just throw everything on top of each other. when you’re ready to serve add the remaining olive oil, should be about 3 tablespoons, and the juice of a whole lemon, salt and pepper to taste. we ending up add the other half of the second lemon because we like it zesty but feel free to keep it as is. serve the chicken and hummus on the side and you’re set. enjoy!

tabbouleh salad | designlovefest

tabbouleh salad | designlovefest

styling by: ivan solis and joanie cusack
photos by: 
ivan solis

9 COMMENTS

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    Vicky says:

    ñam ñam !! I love the tabbouleh! and with hummus and chicken more delicious!

    looks easy, fresh, and delicious! thanks for the tip/reminder re: buying organic fresh herbs.

    Kari says:

    Looks delicious! I love all of the bright veggies!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    arin says:

    how gorgeous is this! I hope it’s as good as it looks! http://www.heartofchic.com

    sue e. says:

    how many will this serve if I’m only offering hors d’oeuvres and expect people to have like three bites each?

    sue e. says:

    how many will this serve if I’m only offering hors d’oeuvres and expect people to have like three bites each?

    designlovefest says:

    hi sue,

    i think it would serve 12-15 people that way!

    joanie

    Looks colorfully delish! Thanks for sharing.

    De’Renda says:

    I love this Tabbouleh salad!
    So fresh, will be serving our Women of Faith dinner with the suggestions of flat bread, hummus and rotisserie chicken!
    Thanks
    Deliciously yours,
    De’Renda

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