Although Tabbouleh is traditionally served as a side dish or as a part of meze, I suggest making it your main healthy lunch dish with an addition of some healthy extras. Fresh, zingy, textured and colourful it makes most boring lunches come alive! This is a fantastic healthy lunch recipe using quinoa instead of traditional cracked wheat so it will be perfect for people followinggluten-free diet plan. Quinoa will also add a great deal of vegan protein to the dish, which will make you feel fuller for longer.
Ingredients: (3 portions)
– Boiled quinoa (8 table spoons)
– 2 large tomatoes
– ½ of medium size white onion
– large bunch of fresh parsley
– large bunch of fresh mint
– 2-3 table spoons of crumbled feta cheese
– 3 tables spoons of extra virgin olive oil
– juice of 2 lemons
– 2 table spoons of pomegranate seeds
– ½ tea spoon of sumac
– salt and pepper (to taste)
1. Thoroughly wash and towel dry fresh parsley and mint. Chop as finely or as chunky as you like your herbs in a salad, for this Tabbouleh I recommend a fine chop. Add herbs to the salad bowl.
2. Finely dice 2 tomatoes and ½ of medium sized white onion. Add to the bowl.
3. Add cooked quinoa, crumbled feta cheese and pomegranate seeds and mix thoroughly until feta starts to separate into snow flake-like crumbles.
4. Finally,add sumac and season with salt and pepper and dress with olive oil and lemon juice.
5. Mix very well as the juices from vegetables, herbs and spices have to come together with the proteins (quinoa and feta cheese) to intensify the taste. Enjoy!
This is a perfect healthy lunch recipe for anyone who is on gluten or grain free nutrition program, as quinoa used in this recipe is actually a seed high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids and protein. If you are on a vegan diet plan then take out feta cheese and include extra tofu cubes or a handful of cashew nuts. The same goes for strict followers of Paleo diet plan: you can substitute feta for any protein of choice and pomegranate seeds for any tart veggies like capers or olives. Tomatoes can be deseeded if you want a more dry consistency and for the salad to last longer in the fridge, and you can adjust the levels of tartness in the salad dressing by including lime juice or balsamic vinegar.
Wishing you a great health and Bon Appetite.
Disclaimer: please consult your health care practitioner or doctor if you experience any health problems before making drastic changes to your diet and daily eating habits.