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Classic Tabouli Salad


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Classic Tabouli Salad

Photo © Molly Watson
Classic Tabouli Salad is made with cracked wheat bulgar, parsley, tomatoes, and a bright garlic mint dressing.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 cup cracked wheat bulgar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 English or hothouse cucumber


  1. Put bulgar in a medium bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 1 1/2 cups boiling water, cover, and let sit 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whirl olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic in a blender (or, pulse garlic in a food processor until minced, then add oil and juice). Add mint leaves, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Whirl until mint leaves are minced into the dressing and the dressing is more or less smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.
  3. Chop parsley leaves. Core, seed, and chop tomatoes. Peel, seed, and chop cucumber.
  4. Drain bulgar, if necessary. Pour dressing over the bulgar and toss to combine well. Add parsley and toss to combine well. Add tomatoes and cucumber and stir to combine. Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve, up to overnight.

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