Tabbouleh (Lebanese Salad)

(Tabbouleh)

The king of Lebanese salad is the tabbouleh. This classical Lebanese salad carries several names like wheat garden salad, parsley salad and cracked wheat salad.

The ingredients for salad must be as fresh as possible. No meal is complete without a platter of crisp salad vegetables. This is a well-known Middle Eastern salad. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup fine bulgar wheat
  • 2 large bunches of fresh parsley washed and dried
  • 10 spring onions (scallions)
  • ½ bunch fresh mint (or 2 tbsp dried mint)
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes
  • ¼ cup (or more) olive or vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish with a few black olives

Method: 

  • Soak wheat in cold water for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until swollen and tender.
  • Squeeze wheat dry by pressing between palms of hands to remove any excess water. (The wheat will swell to double its original size.)
  • Place the wheat in a bowl.
  • Finely chop the parsley (remove thick stalk), mint, onions and tomatoes.
  • Add wheat, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Spoon the tabbouleh on to a shallow serving dish.
  • Garnish with a few black olives.
  • Serve with fresh lettuce leaves (used as scoops).
  • Serves for 6.

(Keywords: tabouli, tabooli, tabooly, tabouly, parsley salad.)

Red Cabbage Salad

(Salatit El Malfouf)

This is the tasty salad from Middle Eastern origin. The main ingredient of this salad is cabbage and it should be washed well and dried, and served fresh and crisp. This is one of the healthy salad recipe. 

Ingredients for salad: 

  • 1 small red cabbage or green cabbage
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 tsp. salt

Ingredients for dressing: 

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 glove garlic crushed
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

Method: 

  • Remove tough outer leaves of the red cabbage.
  • Finely shred the cabbage leaves and sprinkle some salt.
  • Let it stand for half an hour.
  • Then, squeeze the leaves to remove moisture and place them in a serving bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  • Adjust salt and lemon juice according to taste.
  • Serve on a salad plate.
  • Garnish with tomato pieces.
  • Serves for 6.

(Keywords: cabbage salad, red cabbage salad, green cabbage salad.)

 

Fattoush (Peasant Salad)

(Peasant Salad)

The name Fattoush is derived from the Arabic word and is often pronounced ‘fadash’. It is one of the most popular salads in Lebanon. One of the great advantages about Fattoush is that can use a variety of vegetables according to taste preferences. The vegetables are cut into relatively large pieces compared to Tabbouleh. 

Ingredients for salads: 

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup toasted pita bread, torn into pieces
  • 1 small green pepper (capsicum), chopped
  • 2 small cucumbers peeled and chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup chopped spring onions
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint (1 tbsp dried mint)
  • 1 tbsp sumac (optional)

Ingredients for dressing: 

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 glove crushed garlic

Method: 

  • Place all the salad ingredients in a serving bowl and toss well.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  • Adjust salt and lemon juice according to taste.
  • Serve on a salad plate.
  • Serves for 6.

(Keywords: fattoosh, fatoush, fatoosh, fatush )