A friend of mine has a beautiful patch of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Home grown, organic and fresh from the garden – what more can you possibly want? She grows all kinds of herbs, various fruits like bananas, strawberries and mulberries, baby tomatoes, spinach…
Every time I meet her, I plan to grow my own vegetable patch, but recall when I tried last year – my two dogs peed on each herb, the peacocks ate the buds, and I over-watered them! I am a disaster when it comes to gardening, and I now believe I should leave this part to the pros.
When she gave me a nice handful of freshly cut parsley, I knew a tabouleh was in order. They were freshly picked, smelled amazing, and were a healthy green colour.
A luscious green salad, with wonderful citrus notes, and healthy bulgur wheat bits – and it’s extremely simple to make as well!
Finely chop up parsley, a few tomatoes, mint, and a simple dressing of lemon, olive oil, garlic and salt. Add in some cooked bulgur wheat (as simple as pouring in some boiling water, cover for a while, and that’s it).
It’s great compliment to a falafel, mezze platter, or simply a side salad to a bigger meal. For non-vegetarians I could recommend as a side to grilled fish in a lemon butter sauce with capers.
- 1 cup fresh parsley
- ¼ cup fresh mint
- 1 ½ tomato, finely chopped
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
- ½ cup bulgur wheat (fada)
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt + Pepper
- Pour in boiling water into the bowl of bulgur wheat. The boiling water should just cover the grains.
- Add salt.
- Cover and leave for 5-10 minutes, or until cooked.
- Uncover and lightly graze with a fork. Remove excess water.
- Finely chop the parsley and mint. Combine with the chopped tomatoes and spring onions.
- Stir in the bulgur wheat.
- Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
- Pour into the salad before serving.