Traditional tabbouleh is one of my favorite salads, but by replacing bulgar wheat with quinoa it provides more protein, amino acids and is an excellent source of iron and is also low carb and gluten-free.
Quinoa is one of my absolute favorite grains, it has a toasted nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture that makes it great on its own or in a salad.
1 1/2 cup quinoa (cooked)
2 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 cups chopped English cucumber
1 cup chopped green onions
6 fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
2 tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup sliced green olives
1 carrot, julienne
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Rinse quinoa under cold running water. In saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups water to boil; add quinoa and return to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until no liquid remains, 15 minutes.
Remove from heat; fluff with fork. Transfer to bowl; let cool. Add parsley, cucumber, green onions, mint and tomato.
Dressing: Whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; pour over quinoa mixture and toss to coat.
Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. This salad is even better the next day, once the flavors have had a chance to mingle.
(Makes 8 cups.)
Feel free to top it with feta cheese!
1 large head of cauliflower chopped up into florets (discard the tough core)
1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced green olives
1 large bunches finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped (white and green parts)
1 English cucumber, peeled and finely diced (after seeds scooped out)
1/4 cup cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus more to taste
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
cracked pepper to taste
Place the raw cauliflower florets into your food processor with the S blade and pulse a few times until the consistency of couscous or rice.
Transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl and combine well with the other ingredients.
Tweak flavors to taste – add pepper, and you may like more salt, lemon juice, olive oil or mint.
Below is a pic of raw broccoli tabouli salad and it was just as good as the cauliflower if not better ❤
I’ve seen many mason jar salads and I thought I’d give it a try. Well I have to say it was a huge success, even my husband took it to work. It’s just as convenient as a crockpot, you know when it’s time to eat that you have a nice meal waiting for you. Food prep is about making your life easier. Sure it takes a little effort and time upfront but it is worth it. It is so rewarding to open up the refrigerator door and see healthy delicious meals ready to eat. All week I didn’t have to wonder what to make for lunch since it was already waiting for me. For the salad I chose to go with a variety of pickled veggies, but a high carb option is to add pasta, couscous, quinoa or rice etc.
The options are endless when in comes to preparing food ahead of time so there really is no right or wrong way to do it. Basically, it comes down to just making time and getting it done. I used chickpeas as my protein since that’s what I had but you can use hard boiled eggs, tuna, grilled chicken etc.
Here’s the ingredients for the jars below but I plan on changing a few ingredients for this weeks batch. Start with dressing at the bottom of the jar and then the more sturdy ingredients go in first and work your way up to the more delicate veggies, such as lettuce.
2 Tb Ranch dressing 2 g
1/2 c chickpeas 13g
1/4 c corn 8g
3 cherry tomatoes 2g
62 grams of marinated artichokes 0g
3 slices of pickled beets 2g
30 grams garlic pickle slices 1g
43 grams shredded cabbage 2g (I used the bagged coleslaw)
43 grams broccoli slaw 2g (I used the bagged broccoli slaw)
1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
I used 1 litre mason jars.
Fat: 16 g
Fibre: 12 g
Net Carbs: 34g
***Note to self*** Omit the corn, way to high in carbs for lunch. 🙂
Dandelion Salad Recipe
This salad is my all time favorite, it’s an unusual green salad that has a bite to it but it’s delicious, this is a raw dandelion salad with a dijon vinaigrette. I like to mix it ahead of time so that the greens become a little softer and marinated with the flavors of the vinaigrette.
Prep time: 15 min
Makes 4 servings
1 teaspoon green onions, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper, freshly ground
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch of dandelion greens (about 6 cups), rinsed and dried
1 anchovy, finely chopped
1 ounce portion of Parmesan cheese
In a small bowl, prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together the green onions, mustard, vinegar.
Slowly whisk in the olive oil blend until combined.Season to your taste with salt and pepper.
In a salad bowl, toss the dandelion greens with the vinagrette.
Top with grated Parmesan and anchovy.
This salad can have various substitutions, serve with crispy bits of warm bacon or try substituting Roquefort cheese for the Parmesan, or adding toasted pine nuts or walnuts. The possibilities are endless.
Raspberry Spinach Salad
2 Tablespoons Raspberry Vinegar
2 Tablespoons sugar free Raspberry Jam
3 packets Splenda
1/3 cup olive oil
8 cups Spinach, rinsed, stemmed and torn into pieces
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans or toasted almond slices
1 cup Fresh Raspberries
Combine vinegar and jam in blender or small bowl.
Add Splenda and mix well. Add oil in thin stream, blending well.
Toss spinach with 1/2 of the nuts, 1/2 of the raspberries, and the dressing.
Top with the remaining ingredients.
Net Carbs: 5 grams per serving.
Fennel and Green Apple Salad
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced
Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice and olive oil in a large bowl.
Add the apple and fennel and toss until well mixed.
Calories 76 g
Net Carbs 8.8 g per serving
Dried Salted Cod – Baccalà
Baccalà is Italian for salted cod. Most baccalà dishes require that the fish be soaked in water over night and changing water numerous times to remove excess saltiness.
2 lbs. Soaked Baccalà for 24 hours, changing water frequently
2 stalks of celery thinly sliced
¼ cup Pitted Green Olives cut into halves
3 Tbl. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. Black Pepper
2 tsp. Garlic (chopped)
1/2 cup Fresh Parsley (chopped)
Boil Baccala for 10 -15 minutes, until it is soft and flakes when pulled apart.
Drain boiled Baccala in a colander.
For the dressing: In a large bowl, add celery, olives, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, parsley and pepper.
Gently break Baccala apart by hand and add to the dressing mixture.
Mix all ingredients.
Chill for 1 hour and serve.