Tabbouleh recipe | How to make the perfect Tabbouleh2012-10-18
- Servings : 4-6
- Prep Time : 10m
- Ready In : 40m
Tabbouleh, pronounced as Tab(b)ouli, is a brilliant middle eastern salad. I fell in love with this at my local Turkish restaurant, and I had to create my own version. To all the salad and greens lovers out there, this one is for you. An absolute winner each time!
Traditionally , this salad is made out of bulgur wheat, but couscous is a good substitute.
Lovely, light, fresh, tangy… what more can you ask ?
- Couscous- 1 cup
- Tomatoes- 2
- Parsley chopped- 1 cup
- Mint chopped - 1/2 cup
- Spring onions with greens- 2
- Feta cheese - 40-50 gm
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Olive oil- 4-5 tbsp
- Salt- to taste
- Pepper powder- to taste
Start by soaking the couscous in hot water according to the instructions on the packet. Use this time to prep the vegetables.
As regards the vegetables, the fresher the better.. although goes without saying, you will find the difference Fresh makes to this lovely light salad. Using a very sharp knife will make light work of this salad. Choose 2 of your firmest tomatoes, and the sharpest of your knives, chop as fine as you can, seeds and all. You could choose to take just the flesh, but it doesn't really matter.
Using a sharp but heavy knife, cut the parsley very very fine. For those of you who like coriander , feel free to substitute coriander, or halve the amount of parsley here. Remember, this salad is all about the parsley!
Chop the mint just as fine. The mint should be about half the quantity of the parsley.
Take 2 spring onions and chop really fine, onions, greens and all. These give a different dimension to the salad.
Although feta cheese is not a traditional option, I couldn't resist the temptation of sneaking a bit in, and I can promise you it went down famously. About 50 grams should do it.. crumbled
ASSEMBLING THE SALAD When the couscous is soaked, put it in a bowl. Top with the chopped tomatoes, juice and all. Put all the greens on it one by one. The last on top is the feta. Let it sit till it is time to serve.
About 5 minutes before serving, give the salad a mix. Add the lemon juice, about half a lemon is good.
Add the olive oil. Half a cup is the norm, but you know me, I'm stingy with the oil.. about 4 tbsp.. 5 tbsp tops.. just to make DH happy !
Add salt, pepper . Mix and serve.
Believe me, this salad is so refreshing, so delicious and so magical… it will appear on your dinner table on demand…again and again and again!