Taboule Salad

What is taboule?  It’s bulgur wheat.  What is bulgur wheat? you ask. It’s a complex carbohydrate that I don’t think many people know about.

Taboule or Tabouleh (there are actually many different spellings of this word) is common in Middle Eastern cuisine.  Since it is a rather bland grain by itself, it can be nicely dressed up with whatever vegetables or spices you’d like to couple it with.

I learned about this grain several years back when my mom was on a very strict diet in conjunction with a holistic medical treatment she was undergoing.  If I recall correctly, she was allowed a list of about ten different things and this was one of them.

Our conversation:

Mom: “I can have bulgur wheat.”
Me: “Vulgar what?? You can eat naughty wheat?”
Mom: “No, no… Buh..buh… Bulgur Wheat.”
Me: “Ooooohhhh, is it yummy?”
Mom: “We’re going to find out.”

From a nutritional standpoint, bulgur wheat is quite the superstar.  According to this website, when one cup of cooked bulgur wheat is compared to one cup of brown rice, it has fewer calories, less fat and more fiber.  The naughty wheat isn’t so naughty… it’s actually quite good for you.

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is rather traditional.  However, like I said, it’s bland on taste which means flavor possibilities are endless!

Ingredients:BulgurWheat2
2 box bulgur wheat (Near East is the brand I used)
1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas)
1 medium cucumber peeled, chopped
2 tomatoes seeded and chopped
1/2 cup green onion, chopped
1/2 cup mint, chopped
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:  Cook taboule according to instructions on box.  Omit the season packet; this recipe only uses the plain bulgur wheat.  Once cooled, add in garbanzo beans, cucumber, tomato, green onion, mint, olive oil and lemon juice.  Toss together.  Chill and serve.

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Have you ever had vulgar bulgur wheat before? Please share your recipes with me if you have!

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  1. Pingback: Clean Eating: What does it mean?? | Like Write on Rice

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