Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ten Minute Tabouli

The staples we always have in our house are: pasta, rice, lentils and couscous. You can make a thousand recipes with these ingredients, but today I decided to make tabouli. You can mix and match different vegetables and even add chicken or fish to this recipe. But if you only have 10 minutes, follow this recipe and enjoy!

Ten Minute Tabouli
serves 4-6

1 cup coucous
1 cup hot water
1 T. olive oil
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 small can of corn, rinsed and drained
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1/3 cup dijon vinaigrette, recipe follows
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Put coucous in a bowl and pour in hot water, olive oil and salt to taste. Cover bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Meanwhile, dice vegetables, chop parsley and mint. Fluff couscous with a fork. Add all other ingredients, salt and pepper to taste and stir. Done!

Dijon Vinaigrette

We make a batch of this in a glass jar at the start of the week and keep it in the fridge. It is great on everything and much more healthy than any store bought dressing. I am adding measurements, but you don't have to measure this recipe. You can also substitute balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, different oils, etc. Once you make this a couple times, it will become a habit!

2 soup spoons good quality dijon mustard (i.e. Maille brand)
2 soups spoon red wine vinegar (homemade vinegar is best)
1/2 cup plus some olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a jar, shake mustard and vinegar, salt and pepper. Add half the olive oil and shake again. Add the rest of the olive oil and shake. Taste and add what is needed. Drizzle this on everything!


  1. thanks for your good work . today i will try the tabouli...................