A twist on the popular Lebanese dish, Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad is filled with fresh flavors, naturally gluten-free and great for making in advance.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been the party planner of the group. My friends still reminisce about my annual birthday sleepovers that I started hosting at the age of 4. When I decided to study hospitality in college and started working in meeting and event planning in my twenties, no one was surprised. What can I say? I love a good excuse to get together with others.
Believe me, I know how hard it can be to entertain when you have a busy job and endless family obligations. However, I firmly believe in the value of unplugging and getting together with loved ones in person.
After all, life is too short to wait for that perfect opportunity to entertain. And frankly, Michigan summers are too magical to spend indoors checking your Snaps all day. To help give you the nudge, I’ve partnered with La Terra Fina to share 5 tried and true tips for effortless summer entertaining:
Tried and true tips for effortless summer entertaining
Prep In Advance:
The hour or two before your guests arrive will inevitably be stressful. Plan a menu that can be prepared in advance so that you can spend those last moments primping and greeting your guests. This Quinoa Tabbouleh salad is great for making ahead and can be kept in a refrigerated container for up to 4 days.
Your house is perfect enough. Your hair and make-up are done enough. Your kitchen is clean enough. Your outfit is nice enough. You are enough. Now let your friends in already.
Smart Short Cuts:
I first fell in love with La Terra Fina quiches when I was racing out the door to head to my cousin’s cottage on Lake Michigan. The weather was beautiful and we knew no one would want to spend all day in the kitchen. I grabbed the Spinach & Artichoke Florentine Quiche on my way out the door and popped it in the oven to warm when I arrived. It was ready right as guests were arriving and I didn’t have to mess up the kitchen in the process. Spoiler Alert: It tastes like warm Greek spinach and feta pie, has 10+ grams of protein per serving and is made with all-natural ingredients.
Affordable Protein Sources:
I love a juicy steak just as much as the next gal but when it comes to feeding a crowd, don’t forget about your pantry. Farro, lentils, eggs, quinoa, chickpeas and bulgur are just a few examples of protein-rich foods that are not only easier on the waistline but won’t break the budget.
Ask for Help:
There’s no need to be a hero. Your friends and family want to help so let them! Have someone pick up a crusty loaf of bread on their way over or bring their favorite bottle of wine. When the party starts to wind down, ask someone to turn on a pot of coffee or help load the dishwasher. Hosting a get together of any size is a group effort so don’t be afraid to enlist help from others.
What are your best tips for effortless summer entertaining? I would love to hear your ideas!
Your fork is waiting.
Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad with Quinoa
- ½ cup leftover cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa but any variety works)
- 2 cups finely minced fresh parsley
- ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes (or seeded diced roma tomatoes)
- ½ cup diced cucumbers
- ¼ cup minced scallions
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
- 1 juice of lemon
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place quinoa through mint in a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper; toss well.
- Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly before serving.