Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Quinoa Tabbouleh Stuffed Tomatoes



I'm a huge fan of tabbouleh.  I am hugely annoyed however, by the bland tabbouleh sold in most grocery stores and delis.  I'm always lured in, thinking I'd love a nice fresh salad full of flavor and then I'm disappointed when it turns out to be old, soggy or just plain tasteless.  I think maybe the stores are afraid to put too much garlic in it for fear their customers don't want to wreak of garlic— not me!  I'm surrounded by mini-mes all day and I don't care if they tell me my breath stinks.  I'll eat that stuff all day long!


Besides the flavorless sauce I'm also not a huge fan of how wheat makes me feel later- tired, bloated, cranky.  I feel like tabbouleh may use wheat as a base, but just like pasta dishes, its all about the other ingredients and the sauce- that's where are the flavor is coming from.  You could use a lot of different things as your base in this dish: hemp, minced cauliflower, even rice would work.  I decided to use quinoa since it's similar in size and texture.


But like I said, the key to delicious tabbouleh is loading it up with ingredients with lots of flavor and sauce.  I didn't skimp on the herbs, tomatoes or cucumbers because that's the fun part.  This salad is great by itself, stuffed in the tomato; but it would also be amazing over kale or other greens.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Stuffed Tomatoes 

5 medium tomatoes

2 cups cooked quinoa (about ½ cup uncooked)
1 cup cucumber, diced
1 cup tomato, diced
2/3 cup leek, diced
1/3 cup red onion, diced
¼ cup mint, chopped
1 cup parsley, chopped

¼ cup olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 cloves garlic
½ tsp salt


Scoop centers from tomatoes and dice the center.
Combine quinoa, cucumber, tomato (including chopped centers), leek, red onion, mint and parsley in a large bowl.


In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt.


Pour dressing over salad and mix well.


Stuff tomatoes with about 1/2 cup of tabbouleh each and serve.


I think I'm going to be keeping a batch of this stuff in the fridge for the next couple of weeks- it's seriously addictive! 

This post is shared at Allergy Free Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Tasteful Tuesday and Fresh Foods Link Up.

2 comments:

  1. i'm with ya sister. i will once in a blue moon stop by the delicious looking deli counter at the fancy grocery store and pick up a snack...and am always totally and unavoidably disappointed. yours looks much better :)

    thank you for sharing with us at the wednesday fresh foods link up! i hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & real/whole food posts! xo, kristy.

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  2. Oh these are so darn pretty! I just love how fresh these ingredients are. I am featuring this lovely recipe tonight on AFW. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Be Well,
    --Amber

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