A tabouli salad is one of the healthiest salad preparations that is not only easy to make but quite nutritious. Learn how to make this salad using its classic ingredients, with a little something different added to it, to make it interesting…
The word ‘tabouli’ takes it root from the Arabic word tabbouleh and is a dish that originated from the Levantine parts of the Middle East comprise countries like Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Palestine. The classic tabouli salad includes ingredients of spring onion, parsley, bulgur wheat, lemon juice, tomatoes, olive, mint and lemon juice. There have been many variations of this salad, where you can add your own ingredients to replace one or two of the classic ones, to make it more your own.
This kind of salad is completely vegetarian in its constituents, and doesn’t include any kind of meat or egg products. It makes it great for vegans seeing that it is absent of anything cream or egg based. For weight watchers who keep a tab on their calorie intake, can turn to this salad preparation for a wholesome meal that is great when munching down on something healthy than a bag of salted snacks.
Tabouli Salad Nutritional Information
The calories of a tabouli salad don’t amount to anything that would ring alarm bells, so you can be assured that this salad preparation won’t prove to be heavy on the tummy or an addition to your weight. The recipe is absent of some ingredients that make up the classic kind, but still keep the base ingredients intact.
Ingredients in a Tabouli Salad
- Tomatoes (2 of these, roma)
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- Bulgur wheat (1 and 1/3 of a cup)
- 1 cucumber (large in size)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (extra virgin)
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Tabouli Salad Recipe
Tabouli salad scores high points for containing high traces of calcium, iron and vitamin C which makes it an essential nutrient-combo to the body’s functioning. The inclusion of the many vitamins and minerals in a tabouli salad, make it great for a meal that includes all of nature’s finest. Just be sure to use fresh ingredients, that are organic in nature and not saturated with additives or preservatives. The following tabouli salad recipe uses the Arabian version of the salad, staying true to the core ingredients that make the tabbouleh salad.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 piece of spring onion
- ½ a cup of bulgur wheat
- ¼ cup of hot water
- 1 tablespoon of lemon
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of mint
- 1 tablespoon of parsley
- 2 roma tomatoes (diced)
- 1 cup of romaine lettuce (chopped)
- A pinch of salt
- 4 single mandarin sections (deseeded)
Method of Preparation:
Put your bulgur wheat to one side, and combine to this with the ½ cup of hot water and keep it covered for 10 minutes until it is tender. Drain any excess water or add more to it if you want a softer consistency. Taking a separate bowl, add to this your other ingredients making sure to include your olive oil and lemon juice last. Slice up the mandarin sections and toss them about with your other ingredients as well. Then dump into this your bulgur wheat; you can add less of this if you feel like it may be too much for you to finish. Shower with a pinch of salt, and an added pinch of pepper before you dig in. Mix it all up well; your salad is now ready to be eaten.
A tabouli salad can have just about anything in it, depending on what tingles your taste buds and gets your appetite going. Just be sure to use the ingredients that make this salad what it is, and experiment with ways on how to change it up every time you sit down to enjoy a bowl of this salad variation. Have a healthy tomorrow.