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Tabouli (Lebanese Bulghur, Parsley, and Mint Salad)

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“Tabouli is a Lebanese salad and is often served as part of a meza appetizer assortment, as well as on its own. This is my cousin's recipe, and according to her, you NEVER put garlic in tabouli, and there is no place in it for celery, cucumber, or any of the myriad of other ingredients with which some people like to adulterate it "to make it different". I agree with her wholeheartedly. This doesn't need anything else; just season it well with the salt, pepper, lemon, and olive oil.”

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  1. This recipe is a breeze if you have a food processor, a little more work if you don't.
  2. If using a processor, chop parsley and mint together, using a pulsing action, to ensure that you don't end up pureeing them, and remove to a bowl.
  3. Repeat with green onions, and add it bowl.
  4. Chop tomatoes, preferably by hand, into about 1/4" dice, and add to bowl.
  5. If you are making this for company, you might want to chop everything by hand.
  6. It makes a much prettier dish than when made in the processor, but I never bother when it is for personal consumption; I just take a little care when using the processor.
  7. Wash bulghur thoroughly, drain, and soak in fresh hot water for about 1 hour.
  8. Drain and squeeze as dry as possible, and combine with vegetables.
  9. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste, and toss thoroughly.
  11. You can be quite generous with the pepper.
  12. Refrigerate for about an hour, taste, and adjust salt and pepper.
  13. In addition to serving a a salad or part of a meza appetizer assortment, it is also good as dressing on a falafel or lamb sandwich in pita bread.

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