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Hippie Side: Tabouleh

In honor of tomorrow being Earth Day, I thought I would give you a healthy yet super tasty 100% vegan side dish. Tabouleh is a type of salad similar to couscous with a bulgar wheat grain that is typical of Middle Eastern cooking. It is usually served cold, and makes an excellent picnic-style side. The first time I ever tried it I was in France and was amazed by how delicious and fresh it tasted. I haven't had tabouleh as much as I would like, and will make it tomorrow to celebrate Earth Day. Pair with a spicy Moroccan style chicken, braised beef, lamb, or meaty mushrooms. For the recipe,

Modified from The Savvy Vegetarian and Epicurious

1 cup bulgar wheat
1 cup boiling water
½ tsp salt
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts (toast in a dry frying pan or in the oven, med. low temperature and keep your eye on them)
1/4 cup currants, soaked ten minutes, and drained (Use raisins, if you can't find currants, but they're not as good)
¼ cup olive oil
1 clove garlic
2 large tomato, quartered, seeded and chopped, approx. 2 cup
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
2 cups finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons slivered fresh mint leaves
1 to 1 1/2 cups canned garbanzo beans, rinse well
14. ¼ c. lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Tender romaine leaves

  1. Boil water. Add salt & bulgar. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for thirty minutes.
  2. Soak the currants, and toast the pine nuts.
  3. Heat the olive oil on low, peel and mince the garlic, and heat in the oil for 5 - 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk lemon juice into olive oil, and combine all ingredients.
  5. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Line a beautiful bowl with lettuce leaves, place the tabouleh in the middle.

Serves 6.

carito8 carito8 10 years
I love it! Nothing like a good tabouleh with falafel and humus! Delicious!!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
This stuff is always good!
anaisethenry anaisethenry 10 years
Looks so yummy and refreshing!!
Megatron Megatron 10 years
My nana used to make tabouleh! I really should learn how to make it...
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Yum....another one for meatless monday. Delish!
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Never tried it, but it sounds delicious and familiar!
MysteriousCats MysteriousCats 10 years
I simply love tabouleh! Specially now that the good weather is coming! I've never tried with pine nuts... I will sure give it a try next time!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
mmmm, i definitely have to try this soon! (as in, go to a morrocan restaurant :p )
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Sounds Easy To Make!
SU3 SU3 10 years
Awesome - the first time I tried Tabouleh, I was in France as well! However, mine came from the grocery store. It had a lot of mint leaves in it (I wasn't too crazy about that) but it was still really good!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Never had it - I'll have to give it a try!
julieulie julieulie 10 years
Mmmm tabouleh... although I always think of it as Mediterranean food, not hippie food!
Lesli581 Lesli581 10 years
I love Tabouleh with lots of lemon and toasted pine nuts on top!
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 10 years
I love tabouleh, very tasty!
lorioz lorioz 10 years
love tabouleh!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
that loks delicious! i love vegetarian food, so this is a must. today im having couscous, kinda similar.. :P
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