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Tabouleh Salad Recipe

8 Aug

Gastroveggie hunted for recipes in Mediterranean this summer and found out this tabouleh recipe is a quite popular one. When you need an exotic recipe to spice up the menu without too much effort, here is a real star, tabouleh salad! This Levantine cereal salad made with bulgur wheat brings sunny colors to the buffets and provides a nice alternative to rice dishes with its low glysemic index. Below is the basic tabouleh recipe. It is possible to play with the flavor by adding different ingredients such as sun dried tomatoes, chickpeas or raisins for a sweet variation or all of them for a Mediterranean sweet&sour interpretation. 

If you are a fan of Mediterranean cuisine Gastroveggie also recommends a great blog with a huge collection of Mediterranean recipes:

http://meatlessmediterranean.blogspot.com/  

Ingredients (serving 4)

2 cups fine bulgur wheat

7 young onions, cut in fine slices

1 medium size white onion, cut in cubes

2 tomatoes, cut in cubes

3 medium size cucumbers (or 1 full size cucumber), cut in cubes

1 tablespoon tomatoe paste

1 tablespoon red pepper paste

2 cups hot water

1 tablespoon minced mint

½ bunch parsley, finely chopped

½ cup lemon juice

2 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Preparation Method

Place the bulgur in a large bowl. Melt the tomato and pepper paste in hot water and pour it over the bulgur. You need to allow 15-20 minutes till bulgur absorbs whole water and soften. Mix and check time to time and add some more hot water if you think bulgur is still too hard. Once you obtain the right softness mix all vegetables with bulgur. Finally add the mint and parsley with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve cold.

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Spaghetti Salad with Dried Tomatoes

18 Jul

Spaghetti salad with dried tomatoes can constitute a complete meal itself. It is perfect for warm summer days. This delicious recipe is extremely easy to make-it takes only minutes!

Ingredients

250 g whole-wheat spaghetti

2 tablespoon dried tomatoes, preserved in olive oil, chopped

1 red onion finely chopped 

1 green pepper finely chopped 

1 tablespoon Chopped parsley

Seasoning

1 tablespoon dried tomatoes paste

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Salt (optional)

Preparation Method

Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water. When the spaghetti is ready and cooled down, add other ingredients and mix well. For seasoning pour all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently till a homogenous sauce is obtained. Pour the sauce over the salad and mix well. 

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