Citrus Chickpea Tabouleh

It’s almost summer. Well, judging by this week’s heat wave you would think that we are right smack in the middle of it! Nonetheless, that means it is time for barbecues, picnics, road trips, hot summer days, camp fires, and sweet summer evenings filled with too much sangria… I can just hear the song Days of Summer playing in the background…

I am also looking forward to a summer filled with fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms. Until the crops are in full bloom, I have to work with what is available – and what comes in my weekly CSA basket. It’s still spring, so asparagus season is still with us for another short while, but more on those later. Still lots of citrus delivered this week and even though we don’t grow them inCanada, they still have the taste of summer written all over them.

Fresh, sweet and light this recipe is perfect to pack up for any get together, in the park, on the road, at a barbecue.

Citrus Chickpea Tabouleh

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 orange
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cups parsleys, lightly packed
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed (reach for the low-sodium kind)
    or fresh ones if you’re lucky enough to find some at your local market
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Segment the grapefruit and orange (this just means cutting around the pith to only keep the juicy flesh), make sure to keep all the juices. Cut the avocado into large cubes. Chop the parsley. Thoroughly rinse and dry the chickpeas. If you want to go 100% raw, simple replace the canned chickpeas with soaked and sprouted beans of your choice.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper. A coarse sea salt works wonderfully here. Finish with a generous splash of extra virgin olive oil.

Makes a great appetizer, side or even main for the vegan/vegetarian in the crowd! Serves six appetizers/sides or two mains.

Cooking for a crowd? You can easily double the recipe and be sure to check out for organizing all your potlucks in minutes!

Strawberry Radish Tartare

I am very excited to have a guest post featured on the blog I’ll have what she’s having, created by the lovely Lynn . She has recently moved and was looking for contributors to help keep her blog rolling while she was occupied with boxes and other moving necessities. Her blog is a cornucopia of sweet and savoury recipes, with mouth-watering pictures.

She also just launched a new blog called Les cuillères, where she will recount her experiences  towards eating healthy while living at home with her parents. I am looking forward to reading more about her new experiences and recommend you do the same. Two blogs, one great foodie, all from here in Montreal!

It is such a pleasure to be featured on her site and I hope that this Strawberry Radish Tartare recipe lives up to the expectations of her readers.