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Tabbouleh: The Perfect Healthy Dish For Those On A Budget

Tabbouleh is a salad that originates from the Middle East, often used as a part of a mezze. It is fresh, light, incredibly healthy and inexpensive to prepare. If you’re on a budget but are looking for a dish that is both healthy and simple, Tabbouleh salad is for you.

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What is in Tabbouleh?

Tabbouleh is traditionally made up of finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, onion, mint, bulgur wheat and seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice.

Instead of bulgur Tabbouleh, other variations include couscous or quinoa Tabbouleh. All variations are healthy. You may also choose to add garlic or lettuce to the parsley Tabbouleh salad.

Tabbouleh salad recipe: how to make Tabbouleh salad

Ingredients you’ll need (6 servings)

  • 1 cup chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup boiling water

Method (45-50 minutes – can be prepared the day before):

  1. Mix the garlic in a bowl with the lemon juice and olive oil.
  2. In another bowl, put the bulgur wheat and cover with boiling water. Let the bulgur stand until the water has been absorbed (approximately 15 minutes).
  3. When the water is absorbed, add the finely chopped onion, parsley, mint and tomatoes.
  4. Add in the oil, garlic and lemon juice, and toss all together.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and let stand, chilled, until flavours have blended in (approximately 30 minutes)

To save money, you can make the Tabbouleh salad in bulk and store it in the fridge, dipping into it throughout the week.

Tabbouleh salad can be enjoyed on its own, or as a side dish to other ingredients like meat, falafel, bread or hummus.

However you choose to eat your Tabbouleh salad, you can rest assured knowing it’s an incredibly healthy option full of fresh ingredients and is incredibly tasty. Better yet, it is cheap to prepare!


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