Tabbouleh is a traditional Lebanese vegetarian dish usually prepared with tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Some variations add garlic or lettuce, or use couscous instead of bulgur. The recipe we have shared over here uses couscous and is best served with fish.
To make Tabbouleh at home, you need the following ingredients:
4 vine-ripened tomatoes
half a cucumber
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
2 x 20g packs fresh parsley
grated zest of a lemon
6 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 crushed garlic clove
Here's how you make Tabbouleh -
1. Prepare the couscous: Put the couscous into a large bowl. Pour over the boiling water or stock and stir. Cover with a plate or cling film and leave to stand for 5 mins until all the liquid has been absorbed. Separate the grains by roughing them up with a fork.
2. Finely dice the vine-ripened tomatoes and the cucumber. Slice the spring onions and finely chop the parsley, then add everything to the couscous with the grated zest of a lemon.
3. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice and the garlic with plenty of seasoning and drizzle over the couscous. Toss well and serve with some grilled fish, meat or chicken.