Warm Tabouli Salad

As is the case with many healthy eaters, salads make up a large part of my diet. I have been known to have salads, with various veggie, bean, meat, and cheese toppings twice a day. But as I know many of you have found, eating salads in the winter is more difficult due to lack of local produce and salad’s general lack of warmth and comfort. Since we had yet another snow day this week, I decided to make a hearty lunch salad for my husband, who had spent over three hours in the car trying to get to his office, only to end up turning back home because of the icy roads.

I started by thawing out some frozen yellow and orange carrots from Trader Joe’s. On the particular day I bought these, TJ’s had icky looking produce. I am not sure what was up that day, but nevertheless, I went straight for the freezer.

yellow and orange carrots

The base of the salad was a Near East tabouli bulgur wheat salad mix. I prepared the bulgur wheat and spice packet according to the box directions, then set it aside.

tabbouleh ingredients

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While the tabouli waited, I diced a small yellow onion and grated several teaspoons of ginger.

cumin

I added a palm full of cumin to the onion and ginger mixture, then sautéed it in olive oil. I added the carrots to the onions in the pan, then tossed in some pre-soaked and partially cooked chickpeas.

chickpeas

When the carrots were warm and the pan sizzling, I added the tabouli mixture along with about 1/4 cup of water, stirred well, and let it all simmer.

warm tabbouleh salad

When everything was well-blended and cooked through, I served up the salad topped with crumbled goat cheese and golden raisins. I am loving these raisins and the sweet punch they bring to dishes with lots of spices.

goat cheese and raisins

As you can imagine, this dish was bursting with different flavors and textures. The hearty bulgur wheat was nice and chewy and provided a great canvas for the other ingredients. While I didn’t make the tabouli mix in a traditional manner, I loved this dish and felt like it really gave me energy which I seem to be lacking these days.

I am starting to feel a serious winter slump. As much as I love the possibilities my new career path could provide, being stuck inside all day with dreadful weather and icy sidewalks is bringing me down.

Any advice for kicking the winter blues?

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  1. Emily’s avatar

    I love warm ‘salads’ like this – especially when there are sweet raisins involved. Great idea. I’m making this soon!

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  2. Emily’s avatar

    I love warm ‘salads’ like this – especially when there are sweet raisins involved. Great idea. I’m making this soon!

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  3. Michelle’s avatar

    I don’t make a ton of warm salads during the winter but I do make a lot of roasted veggies. I’m feeling the slump too and just want to get myself between home, work and the gym as quickly as possible to avoid the cold. At least it is sunny out today!

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  4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    That looks delicious. I’ve never seen good produce at Trader Joes. My advice for beating the winter blues is to watch a funny tv show. Greek is on Netlix watch instantly!

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  5. Elizabeth’s avatar

    This sounds so warm and comforting. I love all the different elements: the bean and grain, the ginger, the goat cheese and raisins.

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  6. Melissa’s avatar

    Yum what a hearty winter salad! I love TJ’s frozen veggies. I don’t mind the snow in general but it’s annoying when half the city’s parking spaces are taken by snow! Winter is definitely making me crave flavorful carbs and proteins instead of sweets like Summer.

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  7. Brian @ A Thought For Food’s avatar

    My suggestion is to stay away from brown foods… I always feel better when I include lots of colors. Beets, carrots, sweet potatoes.

    This is a great recipe, by the way!

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  8. Justin’s avatar

    Having friends over can help kick the winter blues. Have a dinner party, wine tasting, or game night.

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  9. Daisy’s avatar

    advice for kicking winter blues = more adventure days.

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  10. Megan’s avatar

    So creative. It’s definitely nice to come up with a warm, winter salad.

    Kicking winter blues — lots of baked goods!

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  11. alicia’s avatar

    Once again you’ve tempted me with a warm salad creation! I love warm salads in winter – and I have a lot of these things in the house right now – might sub quinoa for the bulgur. Thanks for the inspiration!! xo

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