green pea tabbouleh

green pea tabbouleh | withloveandcupcakes.com

it’s so cold out and it feels like there’s no end in sight.

at least i have this super fresh-tasting tabbouleh to make me think of spring.

green pea tabbouleh | withloveandcupcakes.com

this tabbouleh is non-traditional in two ways:

first, tabbouleh is traditionally made with bulgur, but i couldn’t find any at the store, so i used whole wheat couscous instead.

second, tabbouleh usually has tomatoes as its main ingredient, but this version uses peas instead.

the result is a pretty awesome (albeit non-traditional) dish.

green pea tabbouleh | withloveandcupcakes.com

the huge amount of fresh herbs in this tabbouleh make it taste like you are biting into a spoonful of springtime. the parsley and mint are perfect together, and the scallions add a mild oniony flavor, while the lemon zest and juice make it all taste super bright. then, you combine all of that with the hearty earthiness of whole wheat couscous and a crazy amount of green peas. the peas add an unexpected sort of chewy creaminess that works beautifully with all the other ingredients, and the final product is a complex, flavorful salad that i couldn’t stop eating.

green pea tabbouleh | withloveandcupcakes.com

green pea tabbouleh
 
a nice, hearty tabbouleh bursting with fresh herbs and lemon, with some extra bite from sweet green peas.
ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous (or bulgur), cooked according to the package directions
  • 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 4 scallions
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 cups cooked fresh or frozen peas (thaw them if they are frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
instructions
  1. place the cooked couscous into a large bowl.
  2. put the parsley, mint, and scallions into the bowl of a food processor (remove the thick stems). pulse the processor until all of the herbs are very finely chopped.
  3. add the chopped herbs along with the lemon juice and zest to the couscous and stir to combine. add the peas and stir until they are evenly distributed.
  4. add the olive oil, salt, and pepper, and mix everything together. adjust the seasoning to taste.
  5. you can serve the tabbouleh immediately, or cover it and leave it in the fridge for at least a few hours for all the flavors to marry together.

green pea tabbouleh | withloveandcupcakes.com

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