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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What's For Lunch: Falafel Tabbouleh Greek Salad

Greek salad with tabbouleh, falafel and tahini dressing
Falafel Tabbouleh Greek Salad

This is my new favorite salad!  I created it recently to satisfy my craving for Greek food.  I think it tastes so good because of all the layers of flavor.  There are a few steps involved, but it comes together easily and quickly using some ready made products and delicious ingredients from my favorite store, Trader Joe's.  Try it out and let me know how you like it!

Falafel Tabbouleh Greek Salad
2-3 servings


6 falafel (I used the frozen ones from Trader Joe's)

1. Microwave for 1 minute.  Chop coarsely.  Set aside.

Greek Salad
1/2 jar of kalamata olives, sliced in half
1 bag of chopped romaine lettuce
2 roma tomatoes, chopped in big chunks
Half organic seedless cucumber, chopped in big chunks
Greek Salad dressing (I like Trader Joe's Red Wine and Vinegar or Penzey's Spices Greek Dressing blend)

1.  Place lettuce in a bowl and add the vegetables and olives.  Drizzle in salad dressing to taste.

1 bag of 10-minute bulgur (from Trader Joe's)
1 tomato (small diced)
1/2 organic seedless cucumber (small diced)
1/4 yellow onion (small diced)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 package of parsley, finely chopped

1. Prepare bulgur as directed on package.  Spoon 1/2 into a mixing bowl and store the rest.
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients with the bulgur.

Puting it all together
Arrange Greek Salad on plate.  Spoon the tabbouleh over the middle.  Sprinkle falafel on top.  Drizzle falafel with 2-3 tablespoons tahini sauce (I like the one from Trader Joe's in the refrigerated section).  Combine all together.  Enjoy!