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watermelon tabbouleh with goat cheese recipe {fresh summer}

This tabbouleh with watermelon recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias

I hope you all had an amazing Fourth of July!  I spent mine with my family, playing games in the pool, grilling gorgeous meats and veggies, watching the fireworks and teaching my daughter more about this wonderful country we call home – couldn’t have been more perfect.  How did you spend yours?

Now that it is July, the heat is borderline unbearable in the desert; I avoid going anywhere at this point that doesn’t feature a pool, a creek, a lake or an ocean.  My food has also been pretty light lately as summer heat calls for light and bright foods.  One of my absolute favorite recipes (ever!!) is this watermelon tabbouleh with goat cheese.  Tabbouleh is something I make all of the time.  Generally, I make my tabbouleh with lots of fresh tomatoes but summer watermelons are calling to me. This is a signature potluck dish of mine that I always receive rave reviews on – all ingredients sourced at Smart & Final.

tabbouleh with watermelon goat cheese #ChooseSmart

Authentic tabbouleh is not what we are making today, although this is similar.  I’m just swapping the tomatoes for watermelon and adding in creamy goat cheese.  I cannot get enough goat cheese and I especially love it with fruit.  I think it is the perfect addition to this fresh, herbalicious salad.

The grain in tabbouleh is traditionally bulgur wheat.  I didn’t find any today so I swapped it out for couscous, which you can find in any supermarket.  You can use couscous or Israeli couscous (even quinoa) in tabbouleh, whatever you have at home.

goat cheese and watermelon tabbouleh #choosesmart

Potluck dinners have always been a part of my life.  I remember them as a kid and could tell you my mother’s signature dishes.  I remember them in my young adult life when my friends and I would bring random dishes because none of us were capable of making  whole party’s worth on our own.  Now, they are popular in my neighborhood, within my church and just in my close circle of friends.  With my friends, we usually set a theme so the dishes go with each other.  90% of the time, it ends up being Mexican/Latin dishes (hey, it’s SoCal) but today I’m all Mediterranean.

greek potluck tabbouleh tzaziki falafel #choosesmart

Tabbouleh is best served with fresh pita bread.  I like to cut pita into triangles and skewer them.  This makes it easier for guest to grab a portion or two without digging through a community bowl.

watermelon tabbouleh goat cheese #choosesmart

Another amazing way to eat tabbouleh is in a lettuce wrap with some falafel balls and homemade tzatziki.  This is actually how my daughter (8) prefers to eat tabbouleh and she asks for it every week.

falafel tabbouleh lettuce wrap #ChooseSmart

All of the ingredients to make my Watermelon Tabbouleh with Goat Cheese, I found at Smart & Final.  Not only do they have bulk items (hello, price savings) but they have an amazing selection of super fresh produce (that you can buy in singles, not just bulk).  The tabbouleh is made from mostly fresh ingredients but does include quinoa, goat cheese and La Romanella olive oil, all Smart & Final finds.


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watermelon tabbouleh with goat cheese

  • 1/3 watermelon, small cubed
  • 1 box couscous, cooked
  • 2 bunches parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch mint, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 cup La Romanella olive oil
  • 2-3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • salt


  1. In a large bowl, mixed together couscous, parsley, mint, scallions, lemon and olive oil.  Add salt to taste and more lemon to taste.
  2. Lightly mix in watermelon and goat cheese.  Top with extra goat cheese.
  3. Serve with warm pita and romaine lettuce.

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  1. July 5, 2015 at 9:18 pm — Reply

    This is so going on the list of meals for this week. We are big watermelon fans, never would have thought to pair it with goat cheese… but yum! #client

  2. Amelia R
    July 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    This recipe sounds refreshing! What is the amount of your 1 box of quinoa?

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