Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tabbouleh



Tabbouleh is a refreshing and tangy salad made with the basic ingredients of couscous, fresh mint, tomatoes, red onions and the underused super food parsley.  Along with these ingredients I also recommend adding cucumbers and black olives. The measurements for the ingredients to this recipe are also a suggestion.  If you are looking for a more hearty dish then you may want to increase the amount of couscous or if you are looking for richer greens, then try increasing the amount of parsley and mint.  Either way, you will find this versatile dish to be a great addition to your meals either as an appetizer or a side dish to a main course.

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup chopped parsley
8-10 cherry tomatoes sliced into quarters
1/2 cup chopped seedless black olives
1/2 cup diced red onions
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup Israeli Cousous or Pearl Couscous cooked according to directions on its package

Step 1 - The Dressing: In a small bowl mix the olive oil and rasberry vinegar until well combined.  Add salt & pepper to taste.

Step 2- The Salad:  Place the parsley, cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions, cucumber, fresh mint and couscous into a large serving bowl.  Add the olive oil/raspberry vinegar dressing to the salad and toss the ingredients together until well combined.  Serve as a side dish or as a small meal.

Tip: This salad makes a good accompaniment to fish and chicken dishes.

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