Friday, March 16, 2012

Arugula, Chicken, and Pine Nut Tabouli

Arugula, Chicken, and Pine Nut Tabouli

You know how sometimes you’re eating something and you can just tell it’s so good for you that really you simply must reward yourself?  With a new purse?  Or maybe some jewelry from Etsy?  Well, make room in the jewelry box, because here is a plate of goodness…good for you…and oh so good tasting.

This gorgeously simple, weeknight salad comes from New Food Fastby Donna Hay.  No one can make herbs sing like she can.  She is seriously the master of simple, fresh flavors.  And even though I was loathe to spend the money on mint at the grocery store, when my garden will be producing it soon, I simply couldn’t wait.  The only substitution I made was to use diced boneless thighs instead of chicken breasts.

Arugula, Chicken, and Pine Nut Tabouli

  • 3/4 cup bulgur
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 chicken breasts fillets
  • 8 oz arugula
  • 3/4 cup flat leafed parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 cup mint, chopped
  • 6 1/2 oz cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • lemon wedges to serve

Combine the bulgur and the boiling water in a bowl.  Allow to stand for 5 minutes or until the bulgur has absorbed the water and has softened (mine took a little longer).

Place the oil in a frying pan over medium high.  Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes on each side until cooked through.  (Or dice thigh meat, and cook it, which is what I did).  Set aside to cool.

Place the bulgur, arugula, parsley, mint, tomatoes, and pine nuts in a bowl.  Slice (or dice) the chicken and add it.  Combine the lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.  Pour over the salad and toss to combine.  Serve with lemon wedges. 

Serves 4.



This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!


Joanne said...

Sub in some white beans for the chicken and I am so ALL OVER this dish! It looks like spring.

Catherine said...

New purse?? Huh? What?? Where? Oh I love me my purses. Yes ~ this beautiful delish healthy meal must indeed deserve a treat for yourself. Yum!!!!

Happy Friday Pam!
xo Catherine

Karen said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I love all of the ingredients.
Have a great weekend.
Ladybug Creek

Karen said...

By the way.. I'm your newest follower! I'll be back.
Ladybug Creek

Kim said...

"Well make way in the jewelry box " - Pam you are such a treat. Thanks for the laughs this morning. This does looks seriously gorgeous and healthy. Enjoy your new jewelry!

Abby said...

Gorgeous photo! I'm hosting my first blog party and would love if you would link up!

June said...

Uh YUM! I'm going to put this on our list to make while our kitchen is being remodeled. It looks like something I'll be able to make on the outside gas grill. Hopefully!

Judi said...

Pinned and needed ingredients on grocery list. Check!

Amy said...

I'm a shoe girl, myself. And check you out...all getting into Spring! We're planting next weekend. Buying herbs at the market is PAINFUL.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Looks incredible! I'm not big into jewelry or shoes or purses these days but I'll sure reward myself with dessert! Might explain these wide hips of mine huh? :) Happy Weekend!

Marjie said...

I'd sub the chicken thighs, too. And then I could buy me some new earrings. And maybe a purse as well, since we're shopping for rewards!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I was just thinking about and craving tabouli this week. I love all the arugula in this--so fresh and pretty for spring. ;-)

Chris said...

I never buy myself a purse....what are you implying? ;)

Great Spring time dish!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I know exactly how you feel about buying herbs in the market when the garden will soon be giving us all we could ask for. Still, sometimes you just have to make a recipe right that minute! I don't have mint yet, but my chives are up!

Kalyn said...

You're talking my language with this recipe!

grace said...

showing the pine nuts some love--i like it! why don't we see those suckers more often?

CC11 said...

DOnna really is the queen of simple and tasty :) Looks fab