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Categories: Salads, Vegetarian

Tabbouleh salad

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Total time: 45 minutes, plus 1 1/2 hours standing | Serves 4

Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • Salt, pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Step 1Combine the lemon juice, shallot and salt and pepper to taste in a medium mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil. Set aside.

Mixed greens

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh dill leaves, stems removed
  • 1 cup sliced chives
  • 1 cup basil leaves

Step 1Combine the greens, parsley, mint, dill, chives and basil. Toss with 2 tablespoons of the dressing or to taste.

Tabbouleh

  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 cup hot vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup seeded minced cucumber
  • 3/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup minced carrots
  • 1 cup small cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Step 1Place the bulgur in a large bowl. Mix in the stock. Cover and let stand until the bulgur is tender and the water is absorbed, 1 hour. Let cool 30 minutes.

Step 2Mix in the cucumber, parsley, mint, lemon juice, one-fourth cup of oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3Heat a skillet over medium heat and cook the onion in the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil for 1 minute. Add the carrots and cook 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook 1 minute more. Add the vegetables to the bulgur and toss together. Spoon into the center of each of 4 plates and surround with the mixed greens.

Each serving:
210 calories; 385 mg. sodium; 0 cholesterol; 13 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 22 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams protein; 4.05 grams fiber.
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