I used to have a fairly major parsley aversion. Too much of it (which usually amounted to anything over about 1/4 tsp) would completely ruin a dish for me. I think it was mostly a mental hang-up though, because I’ve been known to polish off loads of tabouli in a single sitting, and what is tabouli absolutely full of? Parsley. So I’m working on being more accepting of it in dishes other than this one.

Tabouli is so healthy it’s almost ridiculous. Bulgur, a whole grain we all should love. Lemon juice, parsley, mint, green onions, and tomatoes – lots of vitamins, antioxidents, and other great stuff there (not to mention killer flavor). You can put some olive oil in yours for healthy fat but I actually prefer it without, because I think olive oil kind of gums up the texture. It comes together pretty quickly and is even better after sitting in the fridge overnight. It’s right up there with green papaya salad on my list of foods I must consume on a fairly regular basis, so I urge you to make some today!

(adapted from The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen)

1 cup bulgur
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 green onions (white and green parts), chopped
15 fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh parsley (I generally use curly parsley)
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. As soon as it boils, remove it from the heat and stir in the bulgur. Let stand covered for 30 minutes.

Fluff the bulgur with a fork, then transfer to a bowl and stir in remaining ingredients. Chill 20-30 minutes before serving.


9 Responses to “Tabouli”

  1. 1 ashlee February 5, 2010 at 5:54 am

    I used to share your aversion to parsley as well! But I absolutely love Tabouli! I still don’t love it in other dishes,though. Yours looks great!

  2. 2 mesa February 5, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I’ve been meaning to make this for a while now. My husband eats it by the bucketful. He’ll be psyched!

  3. 3 Katerina February 5, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I made tabouli recently and keep meaning to do a post on it. It is so refreshing and good for a starchy side dish! I also usually add some finely diced cucumber in too, just cause!

  4. 4 Moodles February 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    How much tabbouli does one need to eat to offset one cupcake?

  5. 5 Kerstin February 7, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I love tabouli because it’s so healthy and delicious and your version looks fantastic!

  6. 6 Kilby March 6, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Where I live in Kampala, Uganda, there’s a Lebanese fast-food restaurant that serves a tabbouleh that’s absolutely out of this world. Why? I’m convinced they use *allspice* in the usual mix of tomatoes, etc., and that spice makes it just that much better. Try it some time!

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