Minty Tabbouleh with Preserved Lemon

Tabbouleh gets a zingy makeover, thanks to aromatic mint and salty, tangy preserved lemon. Our version complements grilled meats of all sorts. Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour. Notes: Preserved lemons are available at Middle Eastern and specialty grocery stores.
Makes 8 servings


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1 cup bulgur wheat
About 1 tsp. salt
2 cups packed fresh mint leaves (about 2 bunches), divided
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
2 garlic cloves, minced
About 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 preserved lemons (see Notes)
8 cups loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves (about 4 bunches)


1. Put bulgur and salt in a large bowl. Pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over bulgur, cover bowl, and let sit 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, whirl 1 cup packed mint leaves, the oil, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Pour dressing over bulgur, stir to combine, cover, and chill at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.

3. Meanwhile, remove and discard pulp from preserved lemons. Rinse rind and chop finely. Stir into bulgur mixture. Finely chop parsley and remaining 1 cup packed mint leaves (or pulse them in batches in a food processor). Add to bulgur mixture and stir to combine thoroughly. Add more salt or pepper to taste. Tabbouleh keeps, covered and chilled, for up to 2 days.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Created date

April 2008

Nutritional Information

Calories 165
Caloriesfromfat 42 %
Protein 5.1 g
Fat 7.7 g
Satfat 1.1 g
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 9.4 g
Sodium 623 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg