Spring Tabbouleh

Spring Tabbouleh

It isso good to be back.

Now that the exam is behind me, in all sorts of ways it’s finally spring around here. The school year is done. The blog, and my love of cooking, are blooming. It was 20 degrees and humid as hell today. My found-on-the-side-of-the-road bike is getting fixed up and ready for picnics on the island and jaunts to the St. Lawrence Market. The farmer’s markets will open soon, and the trees out my window are taking on the pea-green haze that precedes an explosion of leaves. At the grocery store, all I want is green, green, and more green: kale, zucchini, fresh peas, edamame, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, basil, leeks.

To satisfy my craving for all things verdant, I decided to make the greenest thing I could think of: a riff on tabbouleh that includes as much green as you care to add. It’s another one of those infinitely variable recipes, but this time I added ribbons of zucchini, their creamy ruffles edged in deep green, spears of asparagus, with purple-tinged heads, vibrant edamame the colour of tree buds, crisp green beans that squirt chlorophyll as you bite into them, and mounds of pungent green onion and fresh basil. It’s dressed with a super simple walnut and lemon vinaigrette–because lemon and green go together like peas in a pod–and topped with some toasted walnuts for good measure and some extra crunch. It’s just what I need to start out a spring of good living, and good eating.

Spring Tabbouleh
Serves 6-8

1 cup fine bulgur (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 bunch asparagus, woody ends trimmed* and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, topped, tailed, and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium zucchini, shaved into ribbons with a vegetable peeler or mandoline
1/2 cup edamame (about 1 1/2 cups in the pods)
1 bunch green onions, green parts only, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 large bunch basil, roughly torn or chopped
1 tbsp roasted walnut oil
Zest and juice of one lemon
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
Pepper to taste

In a large bowl, pour enough boiling water over the bulgur to just cover. Let stand for 15-20 minutes, then pour off any excess water and fluff with a fork. Leave the bulgur somewhat moist, as this will loosen the dressing and help it coat everything evenly.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, and when boiling, add the asparagus. Remove with a large slotted spoon about 20-30 seconds after the water has come back to the boil; rinse briefly under cold water to cool, and add to the bulgur.

Repeat with the green beans.

Add all of the remaining ingredients, toss to combine, and taste. You might find that you want more lemon juice, or more salt. Serve at room temperature, or cold.

Note: If you want this salad to have more protein, add a cup or more of cooked white kidney beans or navy beans along with the other ingredients before tossing. You can also top with crumbled hard-boiled egg.

* I find the best way to remove the woody ends of asparagus is not the old snapping method that most of us know. Instead, begin at the very end of the spear, where it has been cut from the ground, and hit it with the blade of your knife, fairly firmly. Continue up the spear at 1/2 cm or so intervals, until your blade slices through the spear and hits your cutting board. The woody part of the asparagus is too tough for the knife to easily pass through, so you know that once your knife cuts through it, you’ve removed the tough end. I find you lose a lot less of the asparagus this way.

Inspired by Heidi Swanson’sSpring Tabbouleh recipe from 101 Cookbooks.

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Eva Rosenberg

Eva Rosenberg

Welcome to Eva's Kitchen where I share my adventures in cooking. My creations may not always turn out Pinterest perfect, but I usually end up with a funny picture or an interesting meal. Thanks for stopping by!


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