I love Middle Eastern food. I think it’s my favorite next to Italian. And Chinese. I love Chinese food too. Oh, and Mexican food too. Okay, so maybe I love food – period. I truly do love Middle Eastern food, and one of my favorite dishes is tabouli.
Tabouli is a traditional salad that you can find in almost any Middle Eastern restaurant or home. It’s spelled numerous ways, but the ingredients generally remain the same. It’s basically a parsley salad with tomato, green onion and cucumber and a tart lemon dressing. Typically it contains bulgur, but I chose to omit it in my version. I prefer to keep it really light and fresh.
This salad pairs wonderfully with virtually any type of cuisine from traditional Middle Eastern to a nice piece of roasted salmon or a medium-rare steak.
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Original Eat Laugh Purr recipe
- 2 bunches of italian parsley, chopped
- 1 plum tomato, chopped
- 4-6 green onions, sliced
- 1/2 english cucumber, chopped
- 1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Pepper to taste
- Combine parsley, tomato, green onions, and cucumber in a bowl.
- In a separate bow, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper together.
- Add the lemon dressing to the parsley mixture and stir together.
- This salad pairs nicely with grilled steak, chicken or salmon if you’re looking for something a bit more traditional. It also makes a nice a vegetarian entree when you add a cup of chickpeas.