Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Zhooszhed up Tabbouleh


The perfect solution for when you want an effortlessly tasty meal, full of robust flavours and a hint of the exotic: Tabbouleh. But this is (to borrow Jeremy Mansfield's phrase) a zhooszhed up rendition of the classic. And I must say I quite like this version. Feel free to add some black olives as well - they would complement the flavours beautifully.

Blazing Hot WokI'm submitting this to Regional Recipes (February's theme is the Middle East), newly hosted by Joanne of Eats Well With Others (one of my favourite bloggers - go and visit if you haven't been yet!) and originally created by Darlene from Blazing Hot Wok. Watch this space for more Middle-Eastern treats for the month of February - this is one cuisine I cannot get enough of!

Zhooszhed up Tabbouleh
Adapted from Taste Magazine

Serves 4 (as main dish)
Would also be delicious as a side-dish (serving 6 - 8)

1 cup couscous 
salt & pepper, to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
2 plums, sliced
2/3 cucumber, pips scooped out & sliced
2 small spring onions, finely chopped
100g feta cheese
1/4 cup fresh mint, torn
1/4 cup fresh coriander, torn

1. Soak couscous in 2 cups of water for about 6 - 8 minutes until all the water has been absorbed. Fluff up with a fork, dressing with 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Season to taste with salt, being careful not to over salt.
2. Add chickpeas, plums, cucumber and spring onions to the couscous, stirring gently to combine. 
3. Crumble the feta cheese over, and add the herbs to the mix. Toss again, to ensure even distribution.
4. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and lemon juice and add salt & pepper to taste.
5. Serve at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate to serve cold.

Nutritional info (per main dish serving): Calories 373.0, Total fat 13.1 g, Saturated fat 4.8 g, Polyunsaturated fat 1.1 g, Monounsaturated fat 6.4 g, Cholesterol 22.3 mg, Sodium 466.8 mg, Potassium 338.8 mg, Total carbohydrate 52.0 g, Dietary fiber 5.5 g, Sugars 3.8 g, Protein 12.2 g

Good source of: Selenium 59.6 %, Manganese 26.8 %, Vitamin C 26.3 %, Vitamin B6 24.8 %, Folate 19.6 %


Yum Yucky on February 03, 2010 12:41 pm said...

I've been wanting to try couscous forever. And, Mmmm! it's has feta in it!

Joanne on February 03, 2010 11:41 pm said...

You are so sweet! This dish looks a-MA-zing! I love Middle Eastern food as well and am SO glad that you are excited about it. I can't wait to see what treats you have in store for the round-up.

Tabbouleh is one of my favorite Middle Eastern dishes - it is really the ideal salad in my opinion.

Marisa on February 04, 2010 8:06 am said...

Too true Joanne!

Jeanne @ Cooksister! on February 10, 2010 3:06 pm said...

Mmm, I love tabbouleh and I LOVE your version!! Thougth I spotted plums in there and I was right ;-)

Marisa on February 10, 2010 3:28 pm said...

Good spot! :-)

Martha on March 06, 2010 2:24 am said...

I love tabbouleh - this version has me drooling! Definitely going on the must make soon list!

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