I have a large pot of mint in my herb garden primarily for making tabbouli. As soon as the tomatoes catch up with the cucumbers and I have a supply of both I make this tasty salad. You can buy a packaged mix for it but I find it quite pricey as compared to buying bulgar and making the simple dressing, which are what you get in the package. Buying bulgar may not be easy but I have found it at Whole Foods in large metropolitan areas like Atlanta and Los Angeles. There are many recipes for tabbouli but this is simple and my favorite. I always make the full recipe for my husband and me because it keeps well and I can have it again the next night and/or eat it up for lunch. It is a wonderful cold salad for summer.
1 cup bulgar (cracked wheat)
2 cup boiling water
½ cup finely chopped green onions
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped, peeled cucumber
½ cup finely chopped mint
½ cup finely chopped parsley
1 can chick peas drained and washed (optional)
3 medium tomatoes chopped
Lemon and oil dressing (below)
Combine the boiling water and bulgar in a heat proof bowl. Stir, cover, let stand 1 hour. Drain and return to the bowl.
Combine the next 6 ingredients and chill.
Just before serving combine the bulgar, vegetable combo, tomatoes, and dressing to taste.
Lemon and Oil Dressing
½ cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients and shake well.