Taboule salad | Living the Country Life

Taboule salad

August 14, 2011


Taboule (also spelled tabouleh, tabbouleh, tabbouli, or any combination thereof) is a Middle Eastern dish that also fits right in with Mediterranean cooking. It’s basically a bulgar wheat salad with lemon juice, olive oil, mint, garlic, and other herbs and spices. It’s traditionally made with cucumbers and tomatoes. The texture and flavor reminds me of couscous, which I also love.


You can find quick-cooking taboule in the grocery store near the rice and couscous. The box contains the bulgar and a delicious assortment of herbs and spices. Prepare the taboule according to the directions, then make it your own.


For my lunchtime taboule salad, I added 1/2 can of rinsed garbanzo beans (chick peas), 3/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms, 1/2 cup chopped cucumber, a few teaspoons of olive oil, and a tomato-basil marinated grilled chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces. Then I sprinkled about 1/2 cup of tomato basil Feta cheese crumbles over the top.


Serve this salad cold, and store leftovers in the fridge. They are just as good, if not better, the next day! You could leave out the chicken and serve this as a side dish for fish, lamb, or just about any meat. It’s fun to try new foods, so pick up a box of taboule and see what you think!

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