Your Daily Dish: Middle Eastern Tabbouleh Salad

We love Middle Eastern flavors, so it should come as no surprise that Tabbouleh salad is among our favorites.

The classic combination of bulgur wheat, chickpeas, fresh herbs (parsley and mint!), tomatoes and cucumbers is upgraded not only with a lemony kick, but also tangy feta cheese and flavor-packed sun-dried tomatoes.

Ingredients

1½ cups medium-grind bulgur
1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
¼ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions

1) In a small saucepan, bring 3 cups of lightly salted water to a boil. Place the bulgur in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. If there is any remaining water, drain bulgur in a fine-mesh sieve, pushing out excess liquid.

2) In a large mixing bowl, combine bulgur, chickpeas, olive oil and cumin. Stir in feta, tomatoes, cucumber, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, parsley, mint, salt and pepper. Let sit for 10 minutes for flavors to combine. Serve at room temperature.

Serves 6-8

Bite Me Bit: “The global importance of the Middle East is that it keeps the Far East and the Near East from encroaching on each other.”- Dan Quayle

While nutty-flavoured bulgur is awesome, it isn’t for everyone. If you fall in that camp, consider trying this Middle Eastern Pita Salad, a toss-up of pita, tomatoes, cucumber and herbs in a citrus dressing.

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