Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Desert Salad

These days I'm working on a research project related to the Middle East and suddenly I've been very much in the mood of that type of food. The craving got more intense as I saw pictures of a freinds dinner party where the menu included Persian recipes.

No doubt one of my favorite dishes is tabouleh or tabouli. This dish has found many variations over the years from its original recipe, which typically includes bulgur, tomatoes, finely chopped parsley and a simple dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice and salt.

It originated on what is called the Levant region consisting of those countries in the Eastern Mediterranean (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Cyprus and Turkey). It popularity spread throughout the region and made it across the ocean into our tables thanks to immigrants from those countries.

Tabouli can be a healthy main dish at lunch or dinner. Also, it can be eaten as an appetizer or the perfect salad companion to any dish... love it with any fish! You can make it and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days {mine never lasts more that 2... ha!} or you can serve it fresh before your next dinner party.

Have a delicious day!