There aren't too many things my husband goes crazy for, however Tabouleh is definitely one of them. This is a recipe from his grandmother that was passed down to me via his constant begging for me to make it. I must say, it is really delicious and to my surprise (or I guess delayed realization) completely vegan.
This recipe is not oil-free, so if you are watching your oil intake, this may not be the recipe for you. Everything about this tabouleh is delicious and fairly easy to prepare. I hand chop everything. If you want the "quick and dirty" version, just throw each ingredient into a food processor individually until it resembles "finely chopped". Don't process everything together because this is a layered dish and the layering proves to be very important.
1 1/2 cups bulgar, uncooked
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped
1 cup tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1 cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
In a large container, combine first three ingredients. Next layer all of the ingredients in the order in which they are listed pressing down each layer to compact. You will end with the cucumber. Sprinkle the salt over the cucumber layer and you're done.
Pop the lid on your container or cover vessel with cling wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours or more. The longer it sits the better it tastes.
After 24 hours (or whenever you decide you can't take it anymore and must eat) give the mixture a toss to combine all the ingredients. If you're using a container with a lid I just shake it up!
If your bulgar is still a little firm, you can add a little more liquid (oil and lemon) and a touch more salt and refrigerate for a few more hours.
Nothing special is required to eat. Just serve it up and enjoy. The image below shows a double batch, layered as I described above.
I sometimes have a hard time trying to find bulgar by itself. So I use the boxed version of Taboule from Near East and throw away the spice packet. The price is always right when it comes to this and I can find it anywhere...even Walmart.