I first came across this variation of the classic tabbouleh in a lovely organic restaurant in Cusco, Peru. Having just returned from the strenuous hike along the famous „Inka Trail“ to Machu Picchu – truly one of the most memorable experiences of my life – I was craving – no, neither for a huge steak, giant bowl of steaming pasta or one of the more hearty Peruvian dishes such as Anticucho, Alpaca loin or Lomo Saltado – but for a really fresh, crisp salad.
And I not only felt that my craving was quenched with this beautiful dish, I also very much liked the exchange of bulgur with red quinoa, which has a lovely nutty taste and combines beautifully with the other ingredients.
- ca. 100 grams of red quinoa
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt for boiling
- 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley
- 1 large vine tomato, washed
- 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon of dried Nana Mint
- 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel
- Thoroughly wash the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve under cold water. (This is important in order to remove substances in the shells that otherwise turn the quinoa bitter.)
- Bring approx. 1/2 liter of salt water to boil. Add the quinoa and let boil at medium to high for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for another 10 minutes. The quinoa should then be „al dente„.
- Pour the hot quinoa back into a fine-mesh sieve and rinse under cold water until it is cooled down completely. Set aside.
- Pick the parsley leaves of the stems. Wash and dry the leaves.
- Chop the parsley (not too finely, but also not too roughly – the leaves must be cut to absorb the flavors of the dressing properly. This also turns them more tender.)
- Put the chopped parsley into a large sealable food container.
- Cut the tomato into fine cubes and add to the parsley. Also add the cold quinoa and the shallot.
- Dress with the lemon juice and olive oil, salt, pepper, and add the dried mint. Mix well.
- Seal the container and let the flavors infuse for some time (best is over-night) before consuming.