Tabouleh is the perfect summer salad, refreshing, healthy, and easy to make. ¬†Served cold or room temperature, it is a fine¬†accompaniment¬†to grilled kufte, kabob, and chicken along with some pita and hummus. ¬†Tabouleh is also wonderful on a buffet line up for barbecues. ¬†The green¬†herbaceous¬†flavor along with the lemon juice zip cools¬†you down¬†on a hot summer day.
Serves 4 to 6
1 cup of #2 bulgur
1 cup boiling water
3 cups chopped parsley (I use curly for this salad)
1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
3/4 ¬†cup minced fresh scallions
2 and 1/2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Place bulgur in a medium bowl. ¬†Pour ¬†boiling water over it and set ¬†bowl aside. ¬†Place parsley, mint, scallions, and tomatoes in a salad bowl. ¬†Put lemon juice , olive oil , salt, and pepper together in a glass or small pitcher. ¬†Whisk to blend and then set aside.
When ¬†bulgur has absorbed all of the water (in about 1/2 hour),¬†separate grains with the tines of a fork. ¬†Add ¬†fluffed bulgur to ¬†herbs and tomatoes. ¬†Dress ¬†salad with the lemon juice, olive oil mix. ¬†Refrigerate until you eat. This salad serves 4 as a salad portion. It serves more people if it is part of a large buffet spread.