This recipe from Levant is a life saver when you are invited to a barbecue and you want to present a fresh, super tasty, meat-free recipe to the table. For the meat-eaters it works as a great side, for the vegetable-eaters as a great main dish. For the little background, “tabouleh” (or “tabbouleh” or “tabbouli”) comes from the Arabic word “taabil” which means “seasoning”: a good hint that makes one imagine the importance of the spices and herbs into seasoning this popular dish.
The how-to Tabouleh
Now in more detail…
Tabouleh - oriental fresh happiness
Select great ingredients!
Select great ingredients. If you have decided to go for a flavored bulgur, try to pick one that is organic, that way you make sure that flavors are not too chemical.
It is very important to have fresh parsley, mint and real lemons.
Start with the basics: prepare the bulgur
Stir together bulgur and 1 tablespoon oil in a heatproof bowl.
Pour boiling water over covering the bulgur, then cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let stand 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, drain the excess of water if necessary.
Prepare the rest of the ingredients!
Finely chop the bunches of parsley and mint.
Cut the tomatoes and onions in small cubes.
Peel the cucumber, take out the seeds and cut them in parts of 1/4.
Chop the dried tomatoes.
Mix and stir!
Mix the bulgur with the prepared ingredients, add the olive oil, the lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Wait 5 hours to eat it and bon appétit!
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