Need an alternative to Salad?

 Try Tabbolueh it is a very healthy salad like dish that has Middle Eastern origins.  Each region has different variations. It can be served alone, on top of meat, as a sandwich spread or on Pitas. Here is my favorite recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup medium grain bulgur
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 4 cups loosely packed, roughly chopped parsley, about 3 bunches
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and diced tomatoes, about 3 to 5 Roma tomatoes,
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped, white and some of the green, about 2 green onions
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup loosely packed, roughly chopped mint leaves

For the dressing:

Directions

Bring water to a boil, pour in bulgur, stir, cover, and turn off heat. Let stand 20 to 25 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and bulgur is fluffy and tender. Pour off any remaining liquid.

To prepare dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, salt and oil. Taste and adjust seasonings. (I like lots of garlic, so I use 4 cloves)

In a large salad bowl, toss together parsley, tomatoes, green onions and mint. Add bulgur. Pour dressing over salad, toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.

This is the most common way of making tabboleuh. Since it contains bulgur it has amazing health benefits.

The Main Ingredients and Health Benefits of Tabbouleuh

Parsley- Is high in anti-oxidants. Vitamin A, C and Vitamin K

Bulger – You get 5 grams of fiber per serving and an assortment of the daily required vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to maintain a healthy diet.

Mint – Mint helps sooth the stomach and reduces the severity and length of stomach aches.

Onions–   Onions help prevent colds. Onions will also decrease blood pressure and increase antioxidants.(Dont share with your dog)

Tomatoes– Tomatoes are a great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants and flavonoids.

Lemon Juice– Lemon juice will lower the alkaline which is important to your digestion. It is also high in Vitamin C.

Olive Oil – Raw olive oil helps lower the risk of heart disease, colon cancer and breast cancer.

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