Wednesday, August 24, 2011

in August you'll always find it here

Once tomato season arrives, there is almost always tabouli to be found in our house. Ripe tomatoes alongside the bright flavor of parsley are perfect on a summer's day. When I first started making it, in college, I used the recipe found in the Moosewood Cookbook. I've experimented through the years; here's how I like it best.


1 cup dry bulgur wheat
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium cloves crushed garlic
black pepper, to taste
2 packed cups coarsely chopped parsley leaves
10-15 mint leaves, minced (or 1 to 2 Tbs dried mint)
4 scallions, finely minced
1 pint cherry/sungold/grape tomatoes, sliced in half

Combine the bulgur wheat and boiling water in a medium sized bowl. Cover for 30 minutes, or until bulgur is tender.

Add the salt, pepper, lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, and garlic to the bulgur. Mix well, adjusting the seasoning to taste. Cover and refrigerate until about 30 minutes before serving.

(The steps above can be done a day or two in advance)

About 30 minutes before serving, stir in the scallions, mint, and half the parsley.

Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper, and toss them with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle the tomatoes and the rest of the parsley over the top of the salad.

Yield: 6-8 servings


RW said...

Us too! We love it.

Jess said...


Francesca said...

I never made it! Thanks for the recipe.
Can I ask you, do you know the exact name for those tomatoes in your photos? They are not cherry tomatoes, which are round and sweeter - these are oval and have a better (to my taste) balance between the sweetness and tartness of tomatoes. We call them "date" tomatoes, someone told me they're called "grape" tomatoes in English ... do you have any idea?

Francesca said...

I'm making it tonight!

A Day That is Dessert said...

Francesca: yes - grape tomatoes! I'll change the recipe to include them; an oversight on my part. So glad you're going to try it!

KPiep said...

Sadly, this type of thing is off of the menu in our house right now. Happily, my kids eat tomatoes like candy, and we are enjoying the wonderful tomatoes - both regular and wee - that are appearing in our Bounty Box!