Kale Tabbouleh with Pomegranate Seeds and Ras el Hanout Dressing

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ras-elRas el Hanout is a proprietary spice blend that varies depending on the spice store (the name means “head of the shop”). Here it combines with citrus in a bright vinaigrette that helps tenderize the kale, while the pomegranate seeds add a pop of festive flavor.

Makes 6 servings

For the bulgur:

1 cup bulgur wheat or quinoa

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 shallot, minced
2 teaspoons ground ras el hanout
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive or walnut oil

For the salad:

1 bunch Tuscan (lacinato) kale, large ribs removed, leaves finely chopped
Seeds from 1 pomegranate
1 apple, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1⁄2 teaspoon fine sea salt freshly ground black pepper

STEPS:
Cook the bulgur or quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside to cool.

To make the dressing, whisk together the lemon juice, orange juice, honey, vinegar, shallot, ras el hanout, and salt in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil.

In a large bowl, combine the kale and dressing and toss to coat. Add the bulgur, pomegranate seeds, apple, parsley, mint, basil, salt, and pepper and toss again. Let sit for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and then serve.

Recipes © 2014 by Amanda Bevill and Julie Kramis Hearne. All rights reserved. Excerpted from World Spice at Home: New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes by permission of Sasquatch Books.

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