So for my last post, I shared a picture of my new container herb garden, but my small garden (which is doing quite well by the way!) is nothing compared to my mom’s garden. She has five raised beds filled with all sorts of veggies and herbs, and she has started expanding and taking over the rest of the backyard with fruit trees, berry bushes, and other small plots of veggies. She is not to the point where all of her produce comes from the backyard, but it does contribute a fair amount of food to her meals.
Whenever I visit my mom, I love to cook with her and take advantage of her yard full of produce. The last time I was there, one of the dishes that we made was a quinoa taboule salad with a fantastic selection of fresh herbs from her garden. Taboule is usually made with bulgur and fresh tomatoes, but we switched it up a bit and used quinoa and red bell pepper. The result was a light and refreshing salad that is perfect for picnics, potlucks, and everyday meals.
Graham and I would like to wish all of you mothers out there a happy Mother’s Day—especially our own mothers! Mom, I can’t wait to cook with you again soon!
Adapted from Bob’s Red Mill (recipe on the back of the quinoa package)
The original recipe that we used called for 2 cups of quinoa, but we thought the salad was a little too lemony, so we ended up using closer to 3 cups of quinoa. Please adjust the recipe below to your liking.
- 2-3 cups of cooked and cooled quinoa
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- ¼ olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients. Chill the salad for 1 hour to allow the flavors to combine.
Tasty Easy Healthy Green Recipe Ratings:
|Recipe Report Card||Notes About Recipe Ratings|
Four Chefs (Delicious!)
|You can’t go wrong with fresh herbs in a salad.|
Four Easy Chairs (“ABC, Easy as 123…”)
|It takes a little bit of time to cook the quinoa and chop the herbs, but a pretty easy salad overall.|
Five Apples (My Body is My Temple!)
|Delicious and nutritious!|
Five Leaves (Absolute Green)
|All of the ingredients were organic and the herbs were about as local as they come!|