Tabbouleh Salad With Lemon Juice


  • 1/2 cup bulgur, fine cracked wheat
  • juice of 4-5 lemons
  • 3 bunches fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • handful fresh mint, finely sliced (not necessary)
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced (include green stems)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt (to taste)
  • romaine leaves, for serving


1- Soak bulgur in 1 cup of warm water. It will soften and expand.
2- Mix all cut up vegetables and place in bowl.
3- To add bulgur, take handfuls and squeeze out all the water. Then add to mixture.
4- Toss all and serve over romaine.

Ideas: Add to sandwiches, to falafel or as a side dish.
Bulgur is very versatile and excellent to use. It comes in many grain levels from fine to coarse. It is used as a filler, in stuffing chicken instead of bread or rice. It gives a smoky wonderful taste. It can also be made instead of rice as a side dish.

  • Kwasylowski

    You might make me a cook yet!

    • Sonia Rumzi

      It’s not so hard huh? Good. :))

  • Allan Douglas

    Looks yummy.  I can’t say I’ve ever tried bulgur.  I’ll have to look for it… or more properly, ask Marie to look for it… I wouldn’t know where to begin.

    • Sonia Rumzi

      If you guys do not find it in some Irani or Mid Eastern store, let me know and I will send you some. Very good and healthy.

  • Anonymous

    I missed this one and found it in my Google Reader.  That looks soooo good! But tell me, what is bulgur?  What’s the origin of this dish? You should do a cookbook.

    • Sonia Rumzi

      I am doing a cookbook. My new book Caring For Eleanor just got published. In it are many discussions of food and I will write the recipes for those dishes. What do you think?

      • Anonymous

        Foods from your country would lend an interesting twist. Or say, you write romance, right? What about sexy foods or foods single women can make to snag that special guy? And throw in some unlikable food that makes a woman get rid of the guy! I’m being wicked, huh :-)

  • Anonymous

    Oh, nevermind. I see what bulgur is.

  • tasteofbeirut

    A classic! However, when it is made with Lebanese parsley it is so much tastier because there the leaves are really tender. Love it as a meal in itself in the summer!

    • Sonia Rumzi

      Agreed! So good! I love Lebanese food and this is certainly a Lebanese specialty.