Good morning, Today we make a fresh salad of bulgur with tomatoes and herbs, a typical dish called Lebanese Tabbouleh. As with summer tomatoes are finally arrived, Today we experience together the bulgur in a fresh and light recipe, perfect for the summer heat. And find many other cold summer dishes from all my OF SALAD RECIPES PASTA AND RICE.
What is bulgur and how to prepare
The bulgur, original Middle Eastern food, derived from the processing of wheat: in practice this is broken wheat, with different grain sizes, the bigger one, up to 4 mm, It is used in soups or stews. While the smaller one is used in salads or in cooking pilaf. I used the latter type, because I'm based loosely on the tabbouleh recipe. The tabbouleh is a cold plate Lebanese, that doesn't require cooking the bulgur, in order to maintain its nutritional properties (especially B vitamins, PP and E).
In tabbouleh bulgur is washed with cold water and then held to soak in lemon juice and tomato water for at least an hour. This wheat will absorb the liquid and become soft swelling, without detracting from the high temperatures the vitamins present in the food.
So the bulgur is drained and seasoned with salt, papá, extra virgin olive oil, fresh onions, chopped parsley and Mint, the pulp of fresh tomatoes. In some variants are also added cucumbers, that I could not put because I love them but they hate them family. I also added a little’ Marjoram and chives between herbs.
The bulgur should have a slightly sour, very aromatic. If you want to prepare it the day before, do it as well but without putting tomatoes, that with the passage of the hours will soften making the dish unpalatable. Add them only at the last moment, before serving. I added almonds not peeled and toasted not because I always like to have something crunchy to chew. The bulgur with tomatoes and herbs is a very tasty cold dish, of course vegetarian and vegan and I'm sure, If you love Mediterranean flavors, you will love it. Have a good day!
BULGUR WITH TOMATOES AND HERBS, TABBOULEH (Lebanese recipe)Print This
- 200 grams of bulgur
- a bunch of parsley
- a sprig of mint
- a little 'marjoram and chives (There are in the original recipe)
- the juice of two lemons (But even three if you like more sour)
- 400 grams of tomatoes like Piccadilly
- 2 spring onions
- a handful of almonds not peeled (There are in the original recipe)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cucumber (If you like)
- extra virgin olive oil, to taste
To prepare the salad of bulgur (tabbouleh) you must not even light a fire. Put the bulgur in a fine-mesh colander and wash it under running water: the water should be clear.
Halve the tomatoes and collect in a glass water with vegetation. Put the bulgur in a large bowl, Add the vegetation water of tomatoes and lemon juice. Mix, cover with plastic wrap and leave to rest for at least 30 minutes. At the end of the rest period, taste the bulgur to verify that the wheat has softened and if, possibly, want to add some more’ lemon juice. Season with plenty of extra virgin olive oil.
Cut the tomatoes (You can remove the outer skin, If they were to have a thick skin, or leave them in their skins). Finely chop the Mint, parsley and spring onions, including the green parts, and join the tabbouleh. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Add the tomatoes and, If you want, chopped cucumber. Stir and taste again for salt. Coarsely chop the almonds and decorate the salad of bulgur adding some mint leaves and parsley. Serve immediately. Bon appétit!