Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Two words: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

Magic

Magical times

I love longer days – extra time for afternoon adventures, picnic dinners, and friends. In my world, daylight savings is the mascot of Fun. It motivates me to make the most of every minute of the day. When 3pm rolls around, nap time is over and the fun begins!

For the past three nights, I have packed picnic dinners and dined alfresco. Sunday we partied at the beach until 8pm, Monday we wasted away on the bay, and Tuesday we hit a heavenly park. For parents of young kids, this is also a great way to spend the evening witching hours – everything seems better outdoors, even spilled milk and tantrums.

On Sunday afternoon, I whipped up a quick dinner to bring to the beach, using just what I had in the kitchen. The result was a wildly successful salad, and a blah black bean burger. The burger was dry and flavorless (don’t waste your time). Oh, well. But the salad was hearty, fresh, flavorful and healthy.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa tabbouleh salad with a side of avocado and strawberries. Perfect for alfresco dining!

Quinoa tabbouleh salad with a side of avocado and strawberries. Perfect for alfresco dining!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of red quinoa, cooked and cooled. (I like the texture of red quinoa for this dish, but you can opt for another variety of quinoa too.)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh italian parsley, chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • dash of garlic infused olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, chopped
  • slivered almonds

Process:

  1. Make the dressing: mix the lemon juice, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic infused olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Comine the quinoa, red onion, mint, parsley, and arugula in a bowl.
  3. Add in the dressing and toss well.
  4. Top with slivered almonds.
  5. Add a protein source if you want to make it an entree salad.
  6. Pack it up and take your meal outside!

Three cheers, to daylight savings!

Tossing toddlers into the sunset.

Tossing toddlers into the sunset.

What does the extra hour of daylight mean for you, fun friend?

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4 Comments

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    Frances
    03/12/2014 at 8:12 pm

    We, too, are fans of the extra hour that comes this time of year. When we used to live by the beach, we would go for walks each night. Now living in Fresno, we find ourselves eager to search for parks and trails for our nightly walk. I’m rearranging my work schedule so my husband and I can talk our little one to a park each night after work and do a 2-1 workout/play session. So excited!

    PS: Thanks for this salad recipe too! I’ve got a feeling this will be a hit! πŸ˜€

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      hellodaynatalie
      03/12/2014 at 10:33 pm

      What a great nightly tradition for you three! Where did you used to live (near the beach)? How are you liking Fresno?

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        Frances
        03/13/2014 at 8:46 pm

        We lived in Huntington Beach for about 5 years until last July when we moved to Fresno after my husband and I both found jobs here (what are the odds??). We are liking Fresno and are thankful to have friends here where we can hang out on occasion (college buddies of my husband’s). We are liking Fresno – I think one of my favorite things is the abundance of local produce and farmer’s markets which have become a weekend ritual for us. We’re pretty close to Yosemite so we’re looking forward to hiking there and at some of the local trails nearby. But at heart, we’re very much attached to the beach and always felt most at peace near the water. We do talk about moving back should the opportunity arise and if there ever is a chance to move back we won’t hesitate hahaha! πŸ˜€

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    Maddi @ Push Ups in Pennyloafers
    03/13/2014 at 10:09 pm

    I love Tabbouleh!! I ate it for all three meals when my family and i went to the Middle East last may. I am definitely going to have to try this πŸ™‚

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