Tabbouli, hummus and baba ghannoush are the trifecta of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Known as mezze, or small dishes, the selection can be served either for lunch or dinner. Tabbouli is a traditional dish of bulgur, parsley, mint, tomato and onion seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil.
Bulgur is a great addition to your diet, as it has more fiber and protein than white rice. Since the grain has a low glycemic index, it produces less fluctuations in your blood sugar levels, unlike white rice and potatoes. The best news about bulgur is that it is filling while being low in calories, which helps anyone with a weight loss goal.
This recipe, adapted from Serves One, is perfect for anyone who wants to prepare a healthy salad or side dish in a small serving.
- 1/2 cup bulgur
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1 small tomato, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Mixed, torn greens
- In a small bowl, combine bulgur and 1/2 cup of boiling water. (Just enough to cover the bulgur.) Cover and set aside for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain thoroughly in a strainer and fluff gently with a fork.
- Mix in the parsley, mint, scallion, tomato, olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
- Let stand for at least one hour for flavors to blend.
- Serve on a bed of mixed greens.
If you have any tabbouli left over, spread some hummus on a pita of piece of naan. Add tabbouli, fold and eat taco-style.