The identify of this recipe occurs to include two phrases that I’ve to search for each single time I need to spell them. I can by no means bear in mind if couscous is one phrase or two (one) and tabbouleh is simply an impossibility for me to recollect. So, Couscous Tabbouleh is form of a spelling nightmare, however the recipe is so good that I’ll battle by way of.
Fortunately, Google is aware of me effectively so after I sort in “Tabbuollehhh” it tells me what I must know in solely a gentle condescending trend. (“Did you imply tabbouleh you moron?”)
Whilst you might use quite a lot of grains for this recipe (or basic bulgar which is what is often in tabbouleh), I feel couscous is a very fantastic base for this salad.
If you wish to use one thing like quinoa (an equally bizarre phrase to spell), simply discover all situations of couscous on this Couscous Tabbouleh recipe and change them with quinoa. Executed deal!
What’s Tabbouleh historically?
Historically, tabbouleh is made with wheat bulgur as a base and then you definately combine in a whole lot of recent herbs and greens. Crucial piece of a very good tabbouleh is definitely the recent parsley. A conventional tabbouleh could have virtually equal components parsley and bulgar.
I toned down the parsley a bit for this model and in addition added some mint.
Cooking the Couscous for this salad
This time round I used couscous, however I’ve made these items with wheat berries, quinoa, and even rice pilaf.
Couscous truly has a really related look and texture as the normal bulgur so it really works rather well.
Couscous is about as simple as cooking will get. You need to at all times test the cooking directions in your particular variety as it would fluctuate barely, however principally you simply add one cup of water per cup of dried couscous to a pot and convey it to a simmer.
Toss in a small nob of butter (a tablespoon possibly) and a pinch of salt. As soon as the water is simmering, stir in your couscous, cowl the pot, and switch off the warmth.
5 minutes later, you’ll have this mild and fluffy couscous which you should use for every kind of stuff.
The Lemon Garlic Dressing
This salad has a quite simple dressing for it. It actually solely has three substances (garlic, olive oil, lemon) however it could be a very powerful a part of the tabbouleh.
It’s simple to make. Mash up a clove of garlic in a bowl with a fork after which add your lemon juice.
Whisk within the olive oil to mix the dressing and you must find yourself with this good, vivid yellow dressing that shall be fairly acidic and scrumptious.
You won’t need (or want) all the dressing so simply pour it in a bowl and reserve it for later.
Including the greens and herbs
For my part, there are solely two necessities for a very good tabbouleh. First, a couple of recent veggies like tomatoes or cucumbers.
Second, a metric ton of recent herbs, most significantly flat-leaf parsley, however mint additionally helps.
Simply seed and peel the cucumber after which cube it up. If you could find them, the mini cucumbers are good on this salad as effectively.
For the tomato you possibly can both use bigger vine-ripened tomatoes, roughly chopped or use a couple of cup of cherry tomatoes which you’ll be able to quarter.
Then toss the whole lot collectively.
Add the dressing in small batches. I ended up utilizing all of mine, however you would possibly need to use much less. Do not forget that it’s at all times simpler so as to add extra later.
Season the couscous tabbouleh with salt and pepper and also you’re all set!
What to serve with this couscous tabbouleh
You possibly can serve this Couscous Tabbouleh as a facet to any variety of dishes (baked falafel possibly) or it may be a meal by itself.
Served with a heat pita bread, it makes a unbelievable mild lunch.
This Couscous Tabbouleh salad works nice in the summertime. This plus some lemonade and slightly one thing candy would make for a very good picnic.
It’s not heavy in any respect and has plenty of vivid, recent summer season flavors.
It takes below twenty minutes to toss collectively and it’s a well-spent twenty minutes.
My Couscous Tabbouleh Recipe
A easy tabbouleh recipe made with couscous and plenty of recent veggies and herbs. Mild and recent and excellent for a wholesome lunch!
- 1 ½ cups couscous cooked based on package deal
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 giant cucumber peeled, seeded, chopped
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- ⅔ cup recent parsley minced
- ½ cup recent mint minced
- Salt and pepper
- Pita bread for serving
Cook dinner couscous based on package deal. Usually this entails bringing 1 cup of water per cup of raw couscous to a simmer in a pot together with a tablespoon of butter and a pinch of salt. As soon as boiling, stir in couscous, flip off the warmth, and let sit, coated for about 5 minutes. Then fluff with a fork.
Add lemon juice to a bowl and mash in garlic. Then whisk in olive oil to kind a dressing.
Add two-three tablespoons of dressing to completed couscous and toss to mix.
Peel and seed cucumber and cube. Add to couscous.
Mince parsley and mint and stir into couscous. Drizzle the remainder of the dressing over the combination and season the entire salad with salt and pepper. Stir in tomatoes final.
Both function a facet dish or with pita bread.
Serving: 1bowlEnergy: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 7gFats: 10gSaturated Fats: 1gPolyunsaturated Fats: 1gMonounsaturated Fats: 7gSodium: 68mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 804IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
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