Tabbouleh is a Mediterranean vegetarian side dish which usually consists of fresh parsley, bulgur wheat, tomatoes, olive oil, chives/scallions, lime/lemon juice, salt and black pepper. I also love adding some cucumbers and garlic as well. These ingredients are all easily and readily available at most supermarkets but if you aren’t able to find the bulgur wheat, you may have to look for it in a gourmet food store.
Bulgur is a cereal grain made from different wheat species and is used a lot in Middle Eastern Cuisine.
In Trinidad, this is usually a MUST HAVE for me anytime I am ordering at a local Arabian food spot.
Here is my recipe for this delicious dish:
- 1 bundle parsley (approx. 2 cups when finely chopped)
- 1/2 cup chive, chopped
- 1/2 bulgur
- 1 small/medium cucumber, finely chopped
- 2 small/medium tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 lime, juice of
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Soak bulgur wheat in boiling water accordingly to the package instructions.
- Use your hands to squeeze the water out of it. You can also place the bulgur in a cloth that is properly secured and then place the cloth with the bulgur in it into the boiling water. This will help when you need to squeeze the water from it after soaking.
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients listed in the ingredients section including the soaked bulgur.
- Mix thoroughly. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
- Place in the refrigerator to chill.
This is an exceptionally easy and healthy dish to put together. If you have never tried this, I surely urge you to give it a go! Be sure to also check out my hummus recipe, another awesome Mediterranean dish.
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