Sunday, June 29, 2008

Tabbouleh


Whether you serve it as a salad or stuffed into a pita....this middle eastern healthy entree is a must have...especially in the warm weather. There are many variations to the recipe (almost as many as the spelling of the name) and each one equally as good, although the original 'chef' will disagree. This is mine which I have changed from time to time over the years and even each time I make it, depending on my taste for spice that day. The key ingredients are bulgur (NOT couscous...never! :) , parsley, lemon, tomato and olive oil....after that you can experiment. In a pinch you could buy a package of CASBAH in the health food section of your grocers or any other brand that is 'pre-mixed'. Just make sure you then add plenty of fresh tomatoes and parsley.


Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat, dry
  • 4 cups parsley
  • 4 roma tomatoes (others will do but not as nicely)
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped (best to use seedless) - optional
  • 2/3 cup chopped green onions - optional
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (if possible)
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste


In a small bowl, add dry bulgur wheat to 1 cup of boiling water. Let stand for 5 - 10 minutes.
In a large bowl mix together the parsley, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, mint and softened bulgur.
In a small bowl mix the olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Toss together. Chill and serve...yum!

5 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe! I was surprised at how simple it is.....just adding boiling water to the bulgar, like instant oatmeal. This will be an easy and healthy summer dish which I will definitely be making.

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  2. ok miss unique and interesting!...smile.........you did it again .healthy food that looks and no doubt tastes out of this world. can you come and be my personal chef........plleeez. i promise i will appreciate you more than those boys!!!!

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  3. this comment goes for all those recipes you posted lately....smack...lick.....drool, boy am i hungery!
    well i am off to eat my porridge.....ho-hum;-(

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  4. I love tabbouleh. I use the Ina Garten recipe(Barefoot Contessa) This looks very similar. Yummy!!

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  5. this is really good with chickpeas and a little garlic

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