Fresh and Healthy Mediterranean Salad Recipe Called Either Tabbouleh, Tabouli Including Bulgar Wheat
Tabouli or Tabbouleh Lebanese Parsley Mint Tomato Bulgar Salad
Tabouli or Tabbouleh is a delicious fresh tasting salad from Lebanon. I am half Lebanese and grew up with this wonderful salad made by my grandmother "Sithi" and my mother, "Midge". My mother is Irish, but she can cook anything well!
Now I prepare this dish for my family, but it is quite often that my girls like to join me in the kitchen to help. It actually has become a great bonding time for us. This dish requires lots of chopping of the veggies, but it is well worth it, and if you can recruit help, it becomes a fun memory.
Tabbouleh Salad is made with parsley and cracked wheat or Bulgar along with other ingredients such as Fresh tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, and onions.
Tabouli is a very healthy salad that you will want your family to enjoy. It is fresh tasting and full of antioxidants!
Great Holiday Salad
You can make this ahead and let flavors improve
The ingredients of Tabouli - Fresh Parsley Chopped
We like to cut the stems off and then chop the leaves. Yes it does take time, but it's worth it.
Fresh Chopped Tomatoes
Fresh Onion Chopped
We like to use sweet Onions chopped small. Sometimes instead we will use chopped green onions, which are a bit stronger in flavor.
It all about the Bulgar!
We usually use the fine Bulgar. I let it soak in water for about 20 minutes.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
Fresh Mint leaves
Directions for Lebanese Tabouli
This may be a bit different than other recipes, but it's delicious!
We always prepare enough for a large group, as we have a large family. But I will give amounts for about 6-8 people.
2 fresh bunches of Italian Parsley
1 large Sweet Onion, or 3-5 Green Onions
8 or more Mint leaves
1/2- 3/4 C Bulgar in 1 C hot water
2-3 Lemons juiced
1/4 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to taste)
Sea Salt and cracked Pepper. (to taste)
Prepare all veggies by washing and chopping the following:
Parsley, Tomatoes, Onions, & Cucumbers, and place in a large bowl. add chopped fresh mint leaves to this.
Place Bulgar wheat in hot water in a small bowl for about 20 minutes. It may double in size so allow for this.
Mix lemon juice with olive oil in a small bowl Then add desired amount of sea salt and freshly ground pepper to this, stir well.
Squeeze excess water out of Bulgar and add to bowl of veggies.
Pour dressing over all and mix well. taste to see if you like more lemon juice or salt and pepper to your taste.
Serve at once or if possible, let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 2 hours and stir and serve.
Serve with pita bread or lettuce leaves, or with your meal.
Enjoy! It 's also great the second day too!