Tasty Tabbouleh Recipe

As a lacto-vegetarian I often find myself eating a lot of Lebanese, Turkish and Greek food as I love grilled vegetables, feta/halloumi, salads and tasty dips which is where I first tasted Tabbouleh.

Tabblouleh also known as tabbouleh or tabbouli, is a Middle Eastern vegetarian dish/salad which is served as part of a mezze. I love this side salad and often make some to compliment my lunch or dinner. Its super delicious and refreshing and definitely makes my lunch/dinner a lot more interesting!

There are many variations however this is recipe is my favourite.

I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do!

Ingredients

2 medium bunches of parsley
2 small onions or 3 shallots
A small handful of fresh mint
4 medium tomatoes
1 lemon – zest and juice
150g of bulgur wheat
Salt and pepper to taste
A handful of pomegranate seeds (optional)

Method

  1. Measure out 150g of bulgur wheat and add 100m of boiling water and leave to the side
  2. Turn the tomatoes to the bottom and with a sharp knife place a cross under each one
  3. Place some boiling water in a pan and place the tomatoes in – leave for 3-4 mins
  4. Drain the tomatoes, peel the skin and then cut into quarters.
  5. Remove the seeds from all the tomatoes and then dice until they are quite small pieces and place in a large bowl
  6. Finely chop the mint and parsley (you can also keep the stalks as they add flavour) and then add to the tomatoes
  7. Fluff the bulgur wheat to ensure all the water has been soaked up by the wheat and leave to the side
  8. Chop the onions/shallots really finely and add to the tomato, mint and parsley mixture
  9. Fluff the bulgur wheat and add to the mixture (if there is some water in the mixture drain this or it will make your salad watery)
  10. Grate the zest of 1 lemon and squeeze the juice and add to the mixture
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste and then mix well
  12. Sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top (optional)

And voila, you have a tasty, fresh salad!

 

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