Enjoy this fresh, vegetarian tabbouleh salad made with a hearty combination of rice, lentils, vegetables and seasoned with a za’atar spice blend.
This fresh tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern-inspired salad made with rice, lentils, crisp vegetables and a special za’atar seasoning blend of thyme, sesame seeds and sumac.
Prepare rice according to package directions. Let cool completely.
In a medium serving bowl, stir together rice, lentils, cucumber, parsley, tomatoes, vinaigrette and za’atar seasoning until well combined. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Prepare rice with vegetable broth instead of water, if desired.
If you don’t have lentils on hand, simply substitute them with chickpeas.
For a vegan version of this salad, substitute the Italian vinaigrette with your favorite vegan dressing.
In just 20 minutes, prepare this refreshing side salad for a summer barbecue or a delicious lunch to bring with you to the office. A great vegetarian option, the combination of rice and beans with freshly chopped herbs and nutrient-filled vegetables makes this salad quite filling.
If you want to add more protein to this salad, feel free to top it with shredded chicken, hard-boiled eggs or salmon. You can also substitute the lentils with chickpeas or your favorite bean of choice.
Za’atar seasoning can be found in the spice aisle at most grocery stores. It’s a combination of spices that generally includes dried thyme, cumin, coriander, sesame seeds and sumac and is commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine.
If you’re making this as a meal prep salad, reserve your dressing and divide it into individual containers to bring with you. You could even take a minute to make your own dressing for the salad with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk those ingredients together and save in the fridge for another salad down the line like an Avocado Chicken Power Salad.