Middle Eastern salad/Multi-grain Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Days are getting warmer and everything is looking brighter. Creatures that were in a death like dormancy have stirred into motion. Birds are busy with mating calls and building nests. The land around is waking up into vibrant greens, drenched in April showers. I wanted a big serving of green on my plate to start the season.

TabboulehTabouleh is a Middle Eastern salad mainly associated with countries like Egypt and Lebanon. It is a very popular herbal salad with vegetables and a touch of spices. I had this at a Lebanese restaurant and as it has familiar ingredients, I decided to try it at home.  The two most important things used are ripe tomatoes and tender cucumbers. Fresh vegetables impart their juicy tenderness and a delicate crunch.

In Arabian countries it is served as a side dish or as mezze, or appetizers. Mezze is selection of small dishes served at the beginning of all large scale meals.

It is a fresh salad of garden cucumbers, tomatoes, and sweet onion flavored generously with parsley. Bulgar wheat adds more substance to this salad. A dressing of lemon and olive oil completes the mix of flavours. It is really easy to prepare.

Parsley is the main herb used in large quantity and it shines through this recipe. I used to think of parsley as an inedible garnish that is on your plate to be discarded. For some reason I do not like parsley’s flavour. I know it is loaded with anti-oxidants and good to include in my food. In this dish, it becomes likable because of the magical transformation brought out by the olive oil dressing.

Traditionally, a small quantity of Bulgar wheat is added to this salad to enhance its taste. A small quantity of grain provides the necessary starch too. I gave it a gentle twist by adding multi-grains. Adding cooked red quinoa, barley, millet and amaranth seeds will surely increase its nutritional value.

salad and falafelFalafel is a companion that can add protein to this salad. It is made using chick peas, garlic onion and parsley and shaped into patties and fried. Barbequed meat mains can be served with this salad.

Ingredients.

  • 2 tbsp barley
  • 1 tbsp red quinoa
  • 1 tbsp millet
  • 1 tbsp amaranth seeds
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • half a cucumber
  • half green pepper chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • a big bunch of fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  1. Cook barley in water until it is half done (about 10 minutes).
  2. Add red quinoa, millet and amaranth seeds and cook well.
  3. Drain the excess water from cooked grains.
  4. Cool it in a bowl and fluff grains with a fork.
  5. Dice tomato, cucumber, onion and green pepper and add to the bowl of grains.
  6. Finely chop parsley and toss with the other ingredients.
  7. Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic, salt and pepper.
  8. Drizzle this dressing over the salad.
  9. Chill in the refrigerator and toss once again before serving.

Garden fresh saladGarnish with yogurt and red chilli powder. Serve with Falafel or grilled meat. It can be served in pita bread pockets as a complete meal.

This salad can be easily assembled anytime as all the ingredients are available year round. So enjoy a kick of fibrous greens from this salad. Come Summer, I will be eating a lot of it!

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12 Responses to Middle Eastern salad/Multi-grain Tabbouleh

  1. Looks really nutritious!! I’ve never attempted cooking with such ingredients. I have to make a trip to a health store soon and see what I can get to whip up something really healthy 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!!

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  2. skd says:

    I almost thought I had opened my favorite best seller. Nice introduction. I didn’t know Tabbouleh was made with quinoa and barley. Very healthy and attractive.

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  3. polianthus says:

    looks very healthy!

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  4. shobha says:

    A nice twist to the regular tabbouleh !

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  5. Delicious! Looks amazing 🙂

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  6. coconutcraze says:

    It is a guilt free food and makes us feel happy helping our system to do well. Thank you, Cheryl!

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  7. Never heard about this dish looks simple and refreshing perfect for the chill weather

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  8. coconutcraze says:

    This is from the Lebanese cuisine. It is so good that you feel refreshed just looking at it!

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