Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Transcendent Tabbouleh. Oil-free.

Looking for something to serve with those fabulous unfried falafel burgers I was blogging about the other day? Look no further than this uber healthy tabbouleh recipe. It's the perfect cool and refreshing accompaniment to a warm veggie burger.

Traditionally a dish made with olive oil and sometimes feta cheese, you will be surprised at how crisp and tasty tabbouleh is without those calorie dense ingredients!

Transcendent Tabbouleh
Serves 6-8

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¾ cup bulgur
1 cup boiling water
3 cups finely chopped fresh parsley, either curly or flat leaf or a combination of the two
Heaping ¼ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
Heaping ¼ cup finely chopped scallion
2 plum (Italian) tomatoes, diced small
1 cup small dice cucumber
2-3 cloves garlic, pressed
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp salt (or not)
¼ tsp black pepper

Place bulgur in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Seal bowl and let sit until the water is absorbed and the bulgur is tender, about 15 minutes.

Place all other ingredients into a large bowl.

Add cooked bulgur. Toss to combine.

Tip: Letting this dish develop its flavors in the refrigerator overnight won’t hurt it!

Other Middle Eastern pairings for those falafel burgers include:

Middle Eastern Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds
Oil-Free Fattoush Salad
Farro Tabbouleh
Raw Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

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