Lebanese tabbouleh

3-4 servings; 15 min preparation; 20 min cooking.

Tabbouleh is a traditional Middle-Eastern dish or salad, typical for Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Syria. It originates in the Lebanese mountains and it spreads fast through the Arabic countries and Mediterranean region. Restaurants serve it as a part of the meze – various side-dishes or entrées to the meal. It’s typically made of bulgur and green herbs, although some variations add couscous instead.

The aroma and taste of this salad are incredible. It’s so fresh, smells fantastic and boost your energy. The herbs will give you valuable vitamins. For example, parsley is full of vitamin K, A, C and E and it helps in preventing cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. Mint will relax your body and mind and bring a lot of antioxidants. Furthermore, bulgur is a source of low-fat protein, fiber and magnesium. It has relatively low amount of calories, but provides a high amount of iron, potassium and zinc. It stimulates the digestive system, reduce the risk of diabetes and provides you valuable nutrients and minerals.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked bulgur
  • 1/2 cup flat parsley, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup curly parsley, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup scallions or chives
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

 

Preparation

Cook the bulgur according to the package. It normally takes about 20 min. Let it cool until you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Chop the herbs fine. Cut the cucumber in length and remove the seeds. Then chop it in small pieces. Chop the cherry tomatoes in four pieces.

Mix the herbs with the bulgur and pour the olive oil. Squeeze the lemon and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with pita bread and hummus. Enjoy!

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