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Heres an ancient
Middle Eastern dish made with bulgar that kids may be wary of at first
because there are so many green things. If youve gotten
your kids to eat some salads and they like the flavor of lemon, they
are likely to be won over. It is especially delicious in summer when
tomatoes are vine-ripe and sweet and mint is fresh and pungent. But
my kids also like it in winter when fresh flavors are but a memory and
were nostalgic for warmer weather. Children love to mix it up
with their hands and the parsley is rich in calcium and vitamins A and
C. Bulgar is easily found in health food stores or Middle Eastern markets
as well as in some supermarkets.
Yield: 4 servings
- 2 cups #2 grade bulgar
- 2 fresh ripe tomatoes
- 1 bunch scallions
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- 3 lemons
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
place the bulgar in a bowl and cover it with hot water. Let it set for
about 20 minutes.
bulgar is soaking, have older children chop tomatoes and scallions.
Meanwhile have the little ones help you wash and pat the herbs dry.
Then have them pluck the mint and parsley leaves from their stems. Discard
children place the chopped veggies in a salad bowl. Then help them drain
the bulgar of excess water, squeezing one handful of bulgar at a time
over the sink, and placing each handful of squeezed bulgar into the
salad bowl with tomatoes and scallions. While little ones are helping
with this task, older children can be chopping the herbs.
the bulgar is in the salad bowl, have children squeeze the juice from
the lemons into the salad. Now measure and add the olive oil. Next,
let the kids mix everything up with their hands -- as usual, kids love
this! Adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper while children
mix. This salad will sit in the refrigerator and improve in flavor for
3-4 days. Its great for a party and can be made in advance.
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