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Beet and Quinoa Tabouli

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Serves 4 to 6

  • by from Excerpted from LA TARTINE GOURMANDE by Beatrice Peltre, ©2012. Published by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc.,

The natural dye of beets adds a cheerful pink hue to this tabouli that makes the salad stand out on your plate. Add colorful cherry tomatoes picked right off the vine or bought at your local farmers’ market, a handful of fresh herbs with lemon juice and olive oil, and you’re guaranteed to have the perfect summer lunch.

For the vinaigrette:
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • 6 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tbs. chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbs. chopped chives
  • 1 Tbs. chopped mint
For the tabouli:
  • 2 Tbs. pine nuts
  • 1 cup (7 oz) uncooked white quinoa
  • 2 cups water or homemade vegetable broth
  • Sea salt
  • 1 large cooked beet, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup mixed cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
Tip:
To cook the beet, add it (unpeeled) to a pot of water, bring to a boil, and cook until it's easy to insert a knife in the middle. Once cooked through, let cool before peeling the beet.
 
Make the vinaigrette:

In a small bowl, combine the sea salt and pepper with the lemon juice and oil, and whisk to emulsify. Stir in the herbs. Dress the salad with this vinaigrette and adjust the seasoning to your taste. Add more dressing if you like and serve with the pine nuts.

Make the tabouli:

Toast the pine nuts in a frying pan over medium heat for 2 minutes, or until lightly colored and fragrant; remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Rinse the quinoa under cold water and drain it in a colander. Add it to a pot and cover with the water or broth and a pinch of sea salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat, cover, and simmer for 12 to 14 minutes, or until all of the water or broth is absorbed. Remove from the heat and keep covered for 5 more minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl and fluff it with a fork; let cool. Add the beet and toss gently. The quinoa will take on a nice pink color. Add the tomatoes, onion, and cheese.

Photo: Béatrice Peltre

Did not find the sweetness of the beets worked well with this. Would do a beet and israeli cous cous salad next time and leave a Tabouli more traditionally tangy.

A really nice twist on quinoa and tabouli. We ate this warm at dinner and cold the next day for lunch - it was delicious both ways. Lovely textures and flavours, feels indulgent even though it's pretty healthy.

A very nice salad,its my first time using quinoa,which i bought a month ago and didnt use.I just added more lemon juice since I like it more tangy.I also used pistachios,which i had in the fridge, instead of pine nuts.Tastes great,even good the next day.

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