Tabbouleh

 

 

 

Tabbouleh

 

 

 

 

The mother of all Lebanese salads. Looking for a healthy Mediterranean and flavorful salad? Go no further. Parsley is known as an excellent blood purifier and high in minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and zinc and has a high amount of antioxidant that delays the signs of ageing! How wonderful it is to have a tasty and healthy food at the same time!!

The most time-consuming part of making tabbouleh, is washing, drying, and finely chopping the parsley (of course hand chopping).   Tabbouleh is best eaten by hand scooped up with a fresh vine leaf/cabbage leaf /romaine lettuce leaf.  Use red ripe but firm tomatoes for best results!

If you are pomegrante molasses lover like me, drizzle some on your tabbouleh - it adds a zing of tartness.

 

I recommend you give the parsley leaves a good washing.  Place in a sink of water, submerge the leaves,  add a pinch of salt and agitate.  Let the leaves soak for 5 minutes and drain.  Then rinse with clear running water until all signs of  soil are removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wash the parsley leaves and transfer a colander to dry out.  Parsley should be dry before cutting.  Make sure to use a sharp knife.  A sharp knife slices through the leaves, preserving flavor and avoiding a mushy tabbouleh

  

 

 

 

 

 Parsley should be dry before cutting.  Finely chop the parsley leaves, using a sharp knife A sharp knife slices cleanly through the leaves, preserving flavor and avoiding a mushy tabbouleh

 

 

 

A last important factor is to remember that tabbouleh is a way of eating parsley not bulgur, so there should be very little bulgur. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 bunches or about 4 cups parsley, finely chopped
  • 5 medium-sized tomatoes, finely diced
  • 7 leaves fresh mint
  • 1 medium-sized white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fine bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • A dash of allspice


Directions:

 

 

  1. Remove and pick out any imperfect parsley leaves.  Discarde the stems too.
  2. Place the parsley in salted water and soak for 5 minutes, then rinse with clear running water and drain in a colander.  Set aside until the leaves are completely dry.  Repeat with the mint leaves.
  3. Finely chop the parsley leaves, using a sharp knife.
  4. Finely chop the mint leaves.
  5. Mix the parsley, tomatoes, mint, and onion.
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  7. Add the lemon juice, bulgur, olive oil, salt, and spice. Mix well.
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  9. Pour into a serving dish and decorate with cabbage leaves.          


Note: Parsley should be dry before cutting. Make sure to use a sharp knife to chop parsley. A sharp knife slices cleanly through the leaves, preserving flavor and avoiding a mushy tabbouleh. A last important factor is to remember that tabbouleh is a way of eating parsley not bulgur, so there should be very little bulgur. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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