Orca Bean Tabouleh


I was scanning the bulk bins at Whole Foods. You can find me there often. I like to switch up my grains and buy different kinds of rice just for fun and variety. Like lava rice. Fun, right? Well, I am not as adventurous with my beans. I stick to the main basics; chickpeas, black beans, pinto and navy/cannellini. But look at these super freaking adorable Orca Beans I found!!!

OrcaBeansThese heirloom, black & white spotted beauties initially made me think of cows, but Orca Bean sounds WAY COOLER! Not only are they high in fibre, but pack 10g of protein for every 1/4 cup. Double score. I thought of making a stew with them, but wanted to showcase their beauty.


Also, I had some inspiration from recently eating at a phenomenal Mediterranean restaurant that made a killer tabbouleh. I was able to throw in fresh mint, parsley & lemon with all of the goodies I brought home with me from the Farmer’s Market.

Orca Bean Tabbouleh (makes 3 good-sized salads)

1 cup cooked Orca Beans** (see note below)
1 cup cooked quinoa (leftovers help pull this salad together quickly)
1 cup of diced tomato (I used mini heirlooms)
2 persian cucumbers, diced (or 1/2 of a field cucumber)
1/4 cup of mint, finely chopped
1/2 cup of parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
the juice of a lemon + 1 tsp of zest
1 clove of garlic, minced

Combine everything in a large mixing bowl and stir until combined.


This goes well on top of nice crunchy lettuce, like romaine.  It tastes even better the next day.

**I soaked a cup of dried Orca Beans for 24 hours, drained & rinsed them and then simmered them for 1.5 hours. I kept a cup of the cooked beans for this salad and tossed the rest in the freezer for later use.


What new foods have you tried lately?

15 thoughts on “Orca Bean Tabouleh

  1. I love scanning the bulk bin at Whole Foods. I like to go by myself to Whole Foods so that no one rushes me, Matt usually is in a rush. I’ve never heard of orca beans before. I love the name – reminds me of the whales. :)

    This looks delicious – and very healthy. I need to make this for lunch soon!

    1. Oh man. Whole Foods bulk is my jam. I’m such a nerd. I always go by myself and always shortly after it opens while everyone else is at work and just wander around finding new things. Thanks Mary Ellen!

  2. how gorgeous are those orca beans and kudos to you for presenting them so beautifully – so impressed they keep their spots when cooked – I buy stuff that looks cool and then it disappears into a stew but I love the sound of this salad – bookmarked already

    1. I just cooked them in a pot. I don’t have a pressure cooker. I soaked them for about a day, then drained & rinsed and added them to a pot of water & pinch of salt and cooked them for an hour and a half. Easy peasy =)

  3. Oh my gosh, they are SO pretty! I have never seen them anywhere before.
    Hmmm… new foods that I have tried lately… I am not sure. I am always making new recipes, but I don’t know that there have been any new ingredients. Sounds like I need to shake things up a bit. 😉

    1. I like pretty things. Food tastes better when it’s pretty, don’t you think?
      I request that you go to the farmer’s market when you are next able and buy something you have never tried before. Or go to a different grocery store and pick up a random thing to try. It’s fun, I promise!

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