Salads are a must for all picnics and gatherings in the Summer months. With warmer weather comes access to fresh, light and vibrant vegetables packed with flavour and nutrients. Arranging a few salads for your picnic or an outdoor dinner is never easier than during the Summer. With all the options of salads available, one of Healthy Planets favourites is the Tabouli Salad. A mix of couscous, finely chopped vegetables and herbs, a splash of citrus and olive oil and you have a fun new addition to your salad bowl!
1 bunches finely chopped flat leaf parsley
½ bunch of cilantro
½ cup chopped fresh mint
1 cup uncooked couscous
2 ¼ cup water
1 chopped firm tomato
½ red onion
½ cup finely chopped yellow pepper
½ cup finely chopped red pepper
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Bring your water to a boil in a medium pot with a pinch of salt. Once boiling, add your couscous and turn the heat down to low while covering. After 5 minutes, check the couscous, you are looking for a soft, dry, fluffy texture to the couscous.
Take your herbs and finely chop them as well as dicing your red peppers, yellow peppers, red onion and tomato into small pieces. Once you have your chopped herbs and vegetables, set them aside. Grab a large mixing bowl and place your room temperature couscous inside. Add your lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to the couscous. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Mix so that the couscous is coated evenly with the olive oil and lemon juice, once completed, add the herbs and vegetables and mix! Once you have thoroughly mixed your ingredients in the bowl, taste and add as needed. A pinch more of salt and pepper or a drizzle of olive oil or a squirt of lemon juice! Remove your Tabouli Salad into a safe container with a cover. Let sit for an hour so that the flavours all blend together!
Tabouli is best served slightly chilled and with friends! Garnish the salad with a bit of your chopped herbs and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil! Enjoy! #livelifehealthy