This fresh tabbouleh recipe is easy to make, and has cucumber, tomatoes, and lots of herbs. Great on its own, as a side, or in a pita with chicken!
I just returned from an 8-day cruise in the Caribbean (post coming soon!) and since then have been craving tons of fresh salads and fruit. You can probably guess the reason. I ate a LOT of food. I tried pretty hard to eat in moderation and did a better job than I expected, but still wound up eating more than I usually do at home.
This tabbouleh was one of the first things I made when I returned, along with some hummus, tzatziki, chicken, and pitas. I have a special love for this kind of food, made with tons of fresh ingredients and tons of flavor. It’s one of those meals that still tastes crazy good but also feels like a “reset” to the body. In other words, the closest I’ll get to a cleanse, since I don’t think I could ever do one of those juice things for real.
Tabbouleh is made with bulgur, which is a cracked wheat product. The great thing about it is it’s ridiculously easy to prepare. You will likely find it in the bulk section of your grocery store.
To make it, pour boiling water on top, add some salt, and let it sit for an hour.
After that time, the tabbouleh will have magically absorbed all the liquid, and will be soft:
Now it’s time to jazz the bulgur up.
Parsley and mint are traditional for tabbouleh, but I also like fresh dill in mine.
Chop the herbs well, and also add tomatoes, cucumbers, and scallions.
Add olive oil:
And freshly squeezed lemon juice:
And give it a good stir.
- 1 cup bulgur wheat
- 1.5 cups boiling water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped mint
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped dill
- 2 large tomatoes seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1 English cucumber seeded and chopped
- 1 bunch scallions sliced (white and green parts)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ground black pepper to taste
- Place the bulgur in a bowl, then pour over the boiling water. Stir in the salt, then let the bowl sit, covered, for 1 hour, until the liquid has been absorbed.
- Add the chopped herbs, tomatoes, cucumber, scallions, oil, and lemon juice, and give it all a good stir. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then serve.