So here we are on Day 4 of National Vegetarian Week and I hope you are enjoying the week by indulging in all things veggie.
Today I am featuring Tabouleh, a traditional Levantine Arab Salad often eaten as part of a mezze. Tabouleh derives from the arabic word 'tabil' which means 'seasoning'. In the middle ages, edible herbs formed and essential part of the Arab diet, and they still feature predominantly in middle eastern cuisine today. Parsley, which features heavily in Tabouleh has so many health benefits as does Mint. Herbs are so important for good health. People relied on herbs for thousands of years to self medicate before the introduction of chemical drugs. Many people still use herbs to improve their health today, especially in countries where medical care is expensive to access.
Foods like Tabouleh which contain lots of herbs, vegetables and not much fat or salt are so good for you, and ingredients like bulgur wheat help to bulk out salads and help us to feel full.
The combination of the mint and lemon juice provide a zingy, zesty taste which is so refreshing on a hot day like today. I used Bulgur wheat for my tabouleh, but my good friend Alice also makes it with Quinoa and she says it works really well.
This is a fantastic salad and we all loved it. I think the kids wuld have preferred it without the dressing, and chopping the herbs very finely will help to disguise them for kids who don't like eating 'leaves'. This is currently top of my list for a refreshing meal on a hot day!
I am entering this dish into Simple and in Season created by Fabulicious Food and being hosted by The Botanical Baker
I am also entering it into "Britain's Got Salad" being hosted by Lisa over at Faceless Food