Tabouleh

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Tabouli is a middle eastern dish, traditionally made with cracked wheat (Bulghar). 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of cooked cracked wheat or cooked brown rice
3 cups of finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh mint
4 or 5 finely chopped spring onions (scallions) along with the green parts.
2 ripe, medium size tomatoes, chopped into very small cubes
1/4 tsp allspice (optional)
1/2 cup lemon juice
5 TBS extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp salt; Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Finely dice the tomatoes.
Clean the parsley and remove the large stems (you want mostly leaves). Chop fine.
Trim the spring onions and chop fine.

Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and toss well.
Taste for seasoning. If too dry, you can add additional lemon juice and/or olive oil.
Tabouli benefits from resting - you can cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator for a few hours or over night, tossing occasionally.

Serve as an appetizer. Delicious stuffed in pita bread.