Some days, my body is in need of a good detox. I can just feel it.
I know everyone’s had that feeling before. Maybe it is after a weekend of dinner parties, and come Monday morning, you step on the scale and notice you’ve gained a couple pounds. Been there. Or your body feels like it is functioning just a bit slower than normal after a couple days of rich foods around the holidays. Yep, been there, too! Quinoa Chickpea Tabbouleh is the perfect fix for such an occasion.
This salad is not only delicious; it is also clean, nutritious, and energy-boosting, and will help you start feeling better in a hurry. The chickpeas and quinoa provide a clean source of protein and fiber without weighing you down, and the herbs and vegetables give a boost of vitamins that leave you feeling energized and refreshed. But just because this dish is healthy, does not mean it lacks flavor. The combination of feta, kalamata olives, lemon juice, and olive oil is simple, yet bold and delicious. This salad is as gorgeous as it is healthy, and also keeps very well in the fridge (Personally, I think it is even better the next day!).
Traditionally, tabbouleh is made with Bulgar wheat, but I am a huge fan of quinoa, so I started making it this way years ago, and never went back. I find the quinoa adds a nice nutty flavor and chewy texture–not to mention, its gluten free for anyone with celiac disease or gluten intolerance–and the added chickpeas give extra texture, as well as a protein boost. Feel free to swap the quinoa with Bulgar, though, if you prefer. If you’d like to make this vegan, simply take out the feta. Also, if you don’t have mint readily available, it is fine to omit it. I make it with or without mint, depending on what is growing in my garden at the time, and both variations are delicious.
Doesn’t it look gorgeous served up on a plate for lunch? One of the star ingredients of this dish–tomatoes-provide a pop of color, as well as a myriad of health benefits, ranging from everything from improved electrolytic function to cancer prevention. For more information on the health benefits of tomatoes, check out this informative article from Well-Being Sercrets: 29 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Tomatoes from Well-Being Secrets. Who knew! I will definitely be including tomatoes in my meals more often!