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Tabouli (Middle Eastern Salad)

This is a wonderful recipe that is particularly great on warm/hot days. It is very quick and easy to prepare. While there are a lot of variations on this dish, this is my favorite version. My mom stole this from a magazine many years ago...

Ingredients 

Bulgar wheat:  cup

Tomatoes: 3 large, finely chopped

Italian parsley: 1 cup, finely chopped

Onion: 1 cup, finely chopped. (NOTE: any of these ingredients may be adjusted to taste)

Lemon juice: 1/3 cup

Salt: 2 tsp

Olive oil: 1/3 cup

Mint:  2 tblsp (fresh) or 1 tblsp (dried)

Instructions

Place the wheat in a bowl and cover it with water, permitting it to soak/absorb the water over a period of about 10-20 minutes.

Into a large bowl, add the tomatoes, italian parsley, onion, lemon juice and salt.

Carefully drain the excess water from the wheat, then add this to the bowl and mix the ingredients.

Refrigerate. Before serving, mix in the olive oil and the mint. (I personally add the olive oil and mint prior to refrigeration.)

May be served plain or stuffed into pita bread pockets. Tastes even better the next day!

Enjoy!