Tabouli (taboulli, tabbouleh) is one of those easy and delicious summer salads that uses all the vegetables that are seasonally abundant. It is a traditional Mediterranean salad that is made from cracked wheat, chopped vegetables, mint & parsley with a lemon vinaigrette. It can be scooped up and eaten in pita bread or on lettuce leaves or just in a bowl alone.
There are no definite amounts, you can just add what you like best in the amounts you prefer. The vegetables are usually chopped quite fine. You can put the mint & parsley in a food processor or chop it finely by hand. I recommend being liberal with the fresh herbs! Then season with olive oil, lots of lemon and fresh ground salt & pepper.
The basic ingredients:
- bulgur (cracked wheat)
- tomatoes (cut into small pieces)
- onion, shallots or scallions (chopped)
- fresh mint (minced)
- fresh parsley (minced)
- cucumbers (chopped into small pieces)
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- black olives (chopped)
- feta cheese crumbles
- red pepper
- sun dried tomatoes (chopped)
* Cook the bulgar according to the directions. Next chop all of your ingredients finely and toss most of it into the cooled off bulgur. (reserve 1/3 of it to embellish the top of the salad) Add enough olive oil to coat everything and squeeze the juice of a lemon over that. Add salt & fresh pepper. Gently toss it all together well. Arrange the rest of the chopped veggies on top and re season. You may want to add a little more oil & lemon and some fresh parsley & mint sprigs.
Spoon into bowls, or serve on greens or with pita halves.
This is a wonderful summer salad to serve at a barbecue along with other dishes. It is fresh and delicious and can be served cold or at room temperature.