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Tabbouleh is a salad made primarily from cracked wheat and parsley. Combinations of spices and vegetables vary subtly from country to country in the Middle East, but the dish’s popularity is a constant.

Tabbouleh Tabbouleh
This traditional Lebanese salad of cracked wheat and parsley is popular throughout the Middle East.
Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fine (No. 1) bulgur
  • 1 13 cups fresh lemon juice (about 5 lemons)
  • 3 bunches scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 3 cups chopped parsley leaves (about 2 bunches)
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 13 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Put bulgur into a large glass or ceramic bowl, then stir in 1 cup of the lemon juice and 2 cups water. Cover bowl and set aside, at room temperature, until most of the liquid has been absorbed and bulgur is tender, about 2 hours.
  2. Drain bulgur in a sieve, gently pressing kernels to remove excess liquid. Transfer to a large clean glass or ceramic bowl and add scallions, parsley, tomatoes, olive oil, and the remaining 13 cup lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and toss well.

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