I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Take It With A Grain

Taboule is a Mediterranean wheat salad that is healthy to eat, easy on the pocket book and actually tastes delicious. Another added plus to this dish is that it requires absolutely no cooking so it is perfect for the warmer days ahead. Taboule is perfect as a vegetarian main dish or the perfect side that works well with any type of meat or seafood recipe.

Taboule, Tabouleh or Tabouli Salad
tastes great no matter how you say it or spell it!

3/4 to 1 c. sm. bulgur (cracked wheat)
2 c. finely chopped parsley
1/2 c. of cilantro
1/2 c. of mint and/or basil
1 to 1 1/2 c. chopped scallions
2 c. seeded and chopped firm ripe tomatoes
1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. lemon juice
Salt to taste
Cucumbers, optional
Ripe or green olives, optional

Rinse and soak bulgur in water for 25 minutes. Drain; try to remove as much water as possible. Using a large bowl, combine scallions, all of the herbs, tomatoes, add bulgur, mix, then olive oil and lemon juice
I make this salad every week during the warmer months for my family and friends. This is a pretty traditional recipe but feel free to experiment with other ingredients.



Lori said...

One of my favorite salads in the summer.

Julie said...

I agree, Lori

~~louise~~ said...

Count me in for summer time Tabouli. I think I'll grab this link for the National Salad Month post I hope to being doing this month. I LOVE Tabouli!!!

P.S. Julie, I'm having a free cook book give-away at my place tomorrow (4th) try to stop by for a chance to win. It's a GREAT book peppered with history...

zoe said...

mmm...one of my favorite salads. It is good with lime juice as well.

Julie said...

Thank you, Zoe