Posted on June 11th, 2012
Let me first say that I know and love authentic Middle Eastern Tabbouleh. Not the kind en vogue in North America which is mostly bulgur but the real Levantine kind; with roots in places like Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon and Cyprus. For just such a traditional tabbouleh recipe see this canonical Lebanese tabbouleh recipe written by Anissa Helou on David Lebovitz’ website. It is mostly greens and tomato with just a touch of bulgur. The one I have made below is a riff of traditional tabbouleh recipes. It uses chickpeas, sorrel, red pepper and quinoa instead of bulgur and plays with the proportions a bit. It is vegan and gluten free so it can be served to a wide range of guests. You can eat this as a side at dinner, as a meal at breakfast or lunch or more traditionally as part of a meze.
|Sorrel, Chickpea, Red Pepper & Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe|
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup sorrel shredded into thin ribbons
- 1.5 cup cooked chickpeas (cut each in half)
- 1.5 cups tomatoes (finely diced)
- 2 cups Italian parsley finely shredded
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves finely shredded
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro finely shredded
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 -2/3 cup organic quinoa
- 5 green onions sliced
- 1 cup red pepper diced
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- About 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup – 1 1/3 cup boiling water (the water should be in a ratio of 2 to 1 to the amount of quinoa you are using).
- Put water on the stove to boil.
- Once at a boil, add quinoa. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mince, shred, dice or add the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Let it sit covered in the fridge.
- If you want to eat this dish right away, once the quinoa is cooked, cool the pot of quinoa by submerging it in a bowl of ice water. Then, put the pot in the freezer for two minutes.
- Add the cooled quinoa to the salad and mix well. Taste. Make sure to taste some with a piece of sorrel so that you can properly judge the correct amount of lemon juice to add. If appropriate add more lemon juice and salt. Alternatively, you can refrigerate for between 30 minutes – 48 hours to let the lemon juice and spices permeate the dish. Serve.
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