Sometimes you just need to add a new recipe into your repertoire, because if you are anything like me… you somehow get stuck with your usual top 6 faves.

Today I’m sharing a little something something which not only is super healthy and easy to whip up, but maybe even more importantly, will impressive all your friends. And let’s be honest, your dinner party menu almost certainly needs a little refresh!

Perfect as a side or the main deal, this dish is rich in Vitamins B1 (thiamin), B6 and C, Folate, Potassium, Phytoestrogens and Lycopene, aka your body needs this in its life.

Tabouleh with Pistachio


Serves 2 (350 calories per serving)

This Arab dish is traditionally made with bulgur wheat, but we have replaced this with buckwheat, which has a very similar texture and taste, to make a wheat-free version. (Despite its name, buckwheat is no relation to wheat.) The key to a good tabouleh is to use lots of tomatoes and herbs dotted with buckwheat, rather than the other way round. This dish is fresh and delicious, perfect on its own with some good gluten-free bread or served as a side with meat or fish. It’s also a great party dish, served with hummus wrapped in lettuce leaves.

100g buckwheat grain
2 handfuls of fresh parsley
A handful of fresh mint
300g ripe vine tomatoes, seeded and very
finely chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
A pinch of black pepper
A handful of home-shelled pistachios, coarsely crushed

1. Put the buckwheat in a saucepan and cover with twice its volume of water. Bring to the boil, then cook for 5 minutes until soft. Drain in a sieve and rinse under cold water to cool, then leave to drain thoroughly.
2. Pull the parsley and mint leaves from their stems and finely chop (keep a few mint leaves for garnish, if you like).
3. Tip the buckwheat into a large mixing bowl and add the tomatoes, onion, parsley, mint, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
4. Garnish with the pistachios and mint leaves, and serve.


Photo and recipe credit: The Detox Kitchen Bible by Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson, published by Bloomsbury
Where to buy: The Detox Kitchen Bible is available at Dymocks RRP $49.99 here