The ABC's of Cooking with Lynn Fredericks
author of Cooking Time Is Family Time

   H  is for Herbs
Egyptian Taboulleh Salad

Adapted from Lynne Fredericks' Cooking Time is Family Time.

Here’s an ancient Middle Eastern dish made with bulgar that kids may be wary of at first because there are so many ’green things.’ If you’ve 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 we’re 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.

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

Have children place the bulgar in a bowl and cover it with hot water. Let it set for about 20 minutes.

While the 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 the stems.

Have the 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.

When all 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. It’s great for a party and can be made in advance.

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