Tabbouleh Salad Recipe: Wholesome Grains Meet Fragrant Herbs

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To bulk up any salad, I often add grains. They bring an extra density, which leaves me more satisfied than if I just stuck with the greens. Tabbouleh is a traditional Arabic and Middle Eastern dish with a signature taste and texture. Bulgur (cracked wheat) pairs with fragrant fresh herbs, lemon, tomatoes, and olive oil for a straightforward and delightfully unique salad concoction.

The mint in this recipe really stands out and provides a refreshing and cleansing boost to your senses. However, you can do without the mint completely if you don’t have it on hand or it’s not your preferred herb. The olive oil also stands as a vital component to the dish, but if you are looking to minimize the fat in the recipe, nix it altogether.

When serving, I love to pair tabbouleh salad with other Middle Eastern-influenced foods, including sliced toasted pita bread, homemade hummus, and herb yogurt sauce (aka tzaziki).

Lemon and Mint Tabbouleh Salad

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • Large handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Small handful fresh mint, finely chopped

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. In a separate, large bowl, place the bulgur and top it with 1 cup of boiling water. Set aside until the bulgur is tender and the water is fully absorbed. This will take about 15-20 minutes.

Once the bulgur is ready, fold in the tomatoes, parsley, and mint. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Add in the oil mixture and fold until evenly combined. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and place the tabbouleh salad in the fridge to chill. Serve cold.

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