Monday, September 7, 2015

Tomato Tabbouleh Salad

You know the rule about every time you bring in a new item of clothing or shoes that you should get rid of one?

That rule should apply to Pinterest!

My Pinterest postings are way out of control.  Way out...

I start looking and pinning and before long my "to make" board is so stuffed with items that I can't find anything, just like my closet!  They are filled with wonderful dishes that I've been saving an looking at saying "someday".

Well today is someday.  

First up is a great salad.  This is a variation of a Middle Eastern Tabbouleh salad. The main ingredient is bulgur, which is a cereal that is a whole dried cracked wheat. It's often used in place of rice and today it's the main ingredient in our Tabbouleh. Other common ingredients are parsley, mint, lemon juice and a variety of vegetables. Today it's all about fresh summer tomatoes and cucumbers to make a light summer salad.

We both love summer salads and this one is a winner!  We served it with Kabobs for dinner and then I had it with a sandwich the next day.  Delishhhh!

On to the next item in my Pinterest "closet"!  What will it be?

Tomato Tabbouleh Salad

serves 4

1/2 c bulgur
1 c boiling water
1 c cherry tomatoes, halved (I used orange and red)
1/2 medium hot house cucumber, small dice
1/2 c mint leaves, finely chopped
1/2 c Italian parsley, finely chopped
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 c olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

To a medium saucepan add the bulgur.  Add the boiling water, cover and simmer on low about 20 minutes.  Check to make sure all the water is absorbed.  Fluff with a fork.  Add to a large bowl and allow to cool.

Meanwhile chop your tomatoes, cucumber, mint, and parsley.  Add to the cooled bulgur.  Stir to combine.

In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Add this dressing over the salad stirring to combine.  Refrigerate your mixture for about 1 hour to allow the flavors to come together.  Serve cold or at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days in a airtight container.  

adapted from Averie Cooks

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