It's almost time to celebrate another holiday...Labor Day!
I wanted to bring you a couple of easy salad dishes to make for the holiday, or before summer ends. Several days ago I brought you my Artichoke and White Bean Salad which is so yummy! Today I want to bring in some Mediterranean flavors with a variation on the well known tabbouleh salad.
I was perusing one of my favorite cookbooks (Cuisine at Home Fast & Fabulous Mediterranean Menus) for a new salad. Cuisine at Home has a wonderful knack for taking the familiar and putting a new twist on it. Well, I found it. This earthy tabbouleh is made with roasted asparagus and has crispy prosciutto and feta mixed in to the traditional ingredients. Made from bulgur wheat this salad is light and fresh. The lemon, parsley and mint give you the freshness but the added ingredients that make this unique and take this over the top!
Try something new this weekend and let me know what you think.
Asparagus Tabbouleh with Prosciutto
makes 8 cups - serves 6
1 c dry wheat bulgur
3 oz prosciutto, diced
2 t olive oil
4 T olive oil, divided
1 t minced garlic
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
salt & pepper
1 c chopped fresh parsley
3/4 c chopped fresh mint
1/2 c chopped fresh chives
1/2 c crumbled feta cheese
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 c chopped pistachios
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 t Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cook bulgur in a pot of salted water according to package directions, drain and rinse.
Cook prosciutto in 2 tsp. oil in a nonstick skillet until crisp, transfer to a paper-towled lined plate.
Combine 2 Tbsp of oil and garlic in a small bowl. Place asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Roast asparagus in oven, until tender, 8 minutes; transfer to a rack to cool, then chop into 3 to 4 inch pieces.
Combine parsley, mint, chives, feta, zest, bulgur, prosciutto, and asparagus in a large bowl.
Whisk together lemon juice and Dijon until emulsified. Whisk in remaining 2 Tbsp oil, then drizzle over tabbouleh; toss to combine. Garnish servings with pistachios.
Source: Cuisine at Home Fast & Fabulous Mediterranean Menus