Dealer Joe’s Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Trader Joe's Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Regardless of my familiarity and affinity for many Center Japanese cuisines, I’ve solely had tabbouleh as soon as earlier than sampling this cauliflowerized model from Dealer Joe’s. I keep in mind liking all of it proper however not changing into obsessive about it like I did rooster shawarma. However, the “Levantine vegetarian salad” may be very in style amongst varied Center Japanese cuisines, and is almost as ubiquitous as shawarma, pita, and hummus in ethnic eating places right here within the US.

I like conventional tabbouleh just a bit greater than this providing from Dealer Joe’s, however not for the explanations you would possibly assume. The first distinction between this tabbouleh and one you would possibly discover at your native Lebanese restaurant is that they’ve substituted bulgur wheat with cauliflower, rendering a product that isn’t solely vegan, but additionally gluten-free. Consequently, the style is barely much less nutty—much less bready, if you’ll. However each Sonia and I agree that the cauliflower impacts the feel of the tabbouleh considerably greater than the flavour. The entire dish is comfortable and moist to start with, and if something, the cauliflower makes it softer—however it additionally lends a sogginess to it that is perhaps off-putting to some.
The flavour is sweet and recent, citrusy, and subtly oniony. This dish jogs my memory very a lot of pico de gallo, however with chilly riced cauliflower blended in. And like pico de gallo, this tabbouleh can be utilized with Mexican dishes in addition to Mediterranean ones, or it might merely be served with tortilla chips as an appetizer. Inform your friends it is “Mexican-Center Japanese Fusion,” even when it is simply because you did not have pita bread available.

That brings me to my subsequent level: like pico de gallo, this product is stuffed with uncooked tomatoes. I do not keep in mind the tabbouleh I attempted way back containing so many items of tomato, however I suppose it will need to have, since they’re one of many principal components in nearly any tabbouleh recipe. I am not an enormous fan of uncooked tomato, and I am certain I would have appreciated the flavour just a little extra if there weren’t so many in there. I did my greatest to eat round them and choose them out and provides them to Sonia the tomatophile, who was completely satisfied to gobble them up by themselves or blended in with the remainder of the tabbouleh.

This product works as a facet for Mediterranean meals, as a condiment for rooster dishes which may want spruced up, or as a dip for chips, crisps, or pita bread. I am certain it might do nicely as an alternative choice to tapenade—you can absolutely use it to prime off bruschetta. I would throw this on prime of burritos or nachos. Eat it with fish. I might go on…

Accessible to vegans, vegetarians, and the gluten illiberal, TJ’s has offered a really versatile dish right here. $3.69 for the bathtub. And yet one more Dealer Joe’s cauliflower product will get the thumbs up from the [email protected]’s crew. Three and a half stars from me. 4 from Sonia.

Backside line: 7.5 out of 10.