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Spelt Tabbouleh with Jalapeño Vinaigrette

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A twist on the traditional dish, spelt gives this tabbouleh an added chewy texture that pairs perfection with the slightly spicy jalapeño vinaigrette.

Spelt Tabbouleh with Jalapeno Vinaigrette - The Lemon Bowl

I have been eating Lebanese tabbouleh for as long as I can remember. It is a quintessential summer salad made with fresh parsley, scallions and plenty of bright lemon juice. If you happen to have mint taking over your garden, this is the perfect use for the fragrant herb. In fact, it’s hard to add too much so feel free to get crazy.

Medium Bulgur Wheat - The Lemon Bowl

Tabbouleh is traditionally prepared with medium #2 bulgur wheat. Medium simply means that it is a bit larger than fine wheat but smaller than coarse bulgur wheat. Of course, the type of wheat you use is a matter of personal preference and in this most recent batch, I decided to swap out bulgur wheat for spelt berries.

Spelt Tabbouleh by The Lemon Bowl

Although spelt isn’t typically found in tabbouleh, I love the added chewy texture it brings to the dish. It’s also an excellent source of protein which turns the salad into more of a meal than a side dish. You can serve it with grilled meat, fish or even toss in a can of chick peas for even more satisfying protein. 

Admittedly, I was a bit nervous to serve this dish to my relatives but I’m happy to report my mom, aunt and sister cleaned their plates during a recent backyard lunch date. The women in my family are outspoken and honest (shocker!) so seeing their happy faces quietly devour this spelt tabbouleh was a huge win.

Your fork is waiting.

Spelt Tabbouleh by The Lemon Bowl

Spelt Tabbouleh with Jalapeño Vinaigrette

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A twist on the traditional dish, spelt gives this tabbouleh an added chewy texture that pairs perfection with the slightly spicy jalapeño vinaigrette.
PREP: 15 mins
TOTAL: 15 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients
 

  • 6 cups fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ cups cooked spelt (prepared according to package instructions)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 5 scallions (minced)
  • ½ cup fresh mint (minced)

Jalapeño Vinaigrette

  • 1 jalapeño (stemmed and seeded)
  • cup lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Place parsley in a food processor and pulse until finely minced, careful not to puree.
  • Remove parsley from the food processor and place in a large bowl. Stir in cooked spelt, cherry tomatoes, scallions and fresh mint.
  • To prepare vinaigrette, add jalapeño, lemon juice and salt to the food processor and pulse until incorporated, 30-60 seconds. With the machine on high, slowly add olive oil and continue processing until vinaigrette is emulsified.
  • Pour jalapeño vinaigrette over the tabbouleh and toss well. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Notes

Can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Over time, spelt will absorb the vinaigrette so you may wish to add additional lemon juice, olive oil or salt before serving.
For a mild salad, eliminate the jalapeño or remove all of the stems and seeds which is where the heat lives.
For a spicier salad, leave the seeds and/or add a second jalapeño.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 18.5gProtein: 4.3gFat: 9.9gSaturated Fat: 1.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.6gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 456mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 3.1g

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26 Comments

  1. Tabbouleh is one of my favorite feel-good foods, and I know i’d love it even more with your changes! Chewy spelt and spice are two of my favorite salad mix-ins!

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