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December 19, 2012

Tabbouleh {salad/side}

What is Tabbouleh?  A side dish or a salad.. I know technically a salad IS a side dish, but I think this is much more.

I have seen the name before but never really gave it a second thought, until I saw a picture {ah, pics - they can lead us to who knows where...} - it looked great and the ingredients are fairly simple enough.  I did some googling and it is an Arab/Lebanese originated recipe, which is basically finely chopped {mainly Parsley} vegetables and herbs combined with a starch - in this case it happened to be Couscous, which I like. The links in Google mentioned Mint as one of the main ingredients, but I do not much like Mint in it's leafy form and fortunately the recipe I followed also made no mention of Mint.

The recipe I am sharing today was from a magazine Fresh Living - the December 2012 edition.

Tabbouleh {side/salad}

{6 side servings}

Zest & Juice from 1 Lemon {1/4 cup juice}
3 TB Olive Oil
2 cups Boiling Water
Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 cup Couscous
1 Handful Parsley, chopped finely
1/2 Red Onion, chopped finely
1/2 Cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and chopped into small cubes
3 Ripe Tomatoes, chopped into small pieces

1.) Beat together the Zest/Juice of the Lemon, Olive Oil, Boiling Water and Salt & Pepper - add the Couscous - cover and set aside for 15 minutes - fluff with a fork and add the remaining ingredients - mix.

Serve as a side/salad or have it as a light lunch.


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  1. I have heard of Tabbouleh, but never had it. It sounds light and refreshing. I'm not a big fan of mint leaves either, co this parsley version would be perfect to try. Pinned!

  2. Linda, Tabbouleh is one of my favorites, this looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I once had a Lebanese neighbor whose tabbouleh we loved. She never used a recipe so to learn to make it I counted the shakes and scoops. Hers was similar to yours but without the cucumber which seems a nice addition.

  4. I have never had Tabbouleh before and being a "foodie" that in unacceptable after reading this post! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I absolutely love Tabbouleh. I mix it with cooked rice and I also add garlic. I serve this with fish.


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