You do win friends with this Harissa chicken or tofu quinoa tabbouleh salad

harissa chicken or tofu quinoa salad

Every title that I tried to come up for this post had some reference to The Simpsons in it. It started with a line from Homer “Me so hungy” but then I thought that only a handful of people would know it, and it would just end up looking like a typo. I then took another one of Homer’s lines “You don’t win friends with salad”, and that one stuck!

I really need to stop watching cartoons… who am I fooling, that will never happen! Let’s get to this yummy recipe. I love Harissa. I will eat it on almost anything and it makes a wonderful marinade for a delicious and filling salad.

Harissa chicken or tofu on quinoa tabbouleh salad

Harissa

Ingredients 

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 540g of hard tofu, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of harissa paste, buy it or you can make my recipe
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil

Ingredients for the tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and then cooked and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock (I use this to cut down on oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 large English cucumber, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, diced

Directions for the chicken

harissa chicken tabbouleh

  1. Marinate the chicken breasts in the harissa and let sit while you cook the quinoa.
  2. Cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and let it cool in a bowl.
  3. Once it’s cool, add the tabbouleh ingredients to the bowl and toss thoroughly to coat the quinoa. Put in the fridge to chill.
  4. While the tabbouleh is chilling, heat a pan or grill over medium heat. Add the sunflower oil, spices, and marinated chicken.
  5. Stir the chicken until coated in the additional spices. Turn a few times until the chicken is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your chicken breasts.
  6. Serve the chicken with the chilled quinoa.

Directions for tofu

Quinoa tabouleh

  1. Cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and let it cool in a bowl.
  2. Once it’s cool, add the tabbouleh ingredients to the bowl and toss thoroughly to coat the quinoa. Put in the fridge to chill.
  3. While the tabbouleh is chilling, heat a pan over low-medium heat. Add the sunflower oil, harissa, spices, and tofu.
  4. Stir the tofu until coated in the spices and harissa. Turn a few times for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Serve the tofu with the chilled quinoa.

Approximate nutrition information for one serving size

  • Calories: with chicken: 318 | with tofu: 209
  • Fat:  with chicken: 6.3g | with tofu: 7.4g
  • Carbohydrates: with chicken: 34g | with tofu: 36g
  • Protein: with chicken: 32.4g | with tofu: 18g

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