Friday, June 22, 2012

Tabbouleh Salad with Grilled Sweet Peppers

Summer calls for healthy salads. Here's one that's great for many lunches in row (God bless leftovers) or as a side with grilled shrimp, or lamb chops if you're a fancy pants home cook.

Tabbouleh Salad with Grilled Sweet Peppers
-1 cup of bulgar wheat
-1 large red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded
-1 large yellow bell pepper, stemmed and seeded
-1 medium cucumber, seeded and diced
-3 green onions, thinly sliced
-1 large tomato, seeded and diced
-1/4 cup of flat leaf parsley, chopped
-1/4 cup of mint, chopped
-3 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
-1 lemon, juiced
-salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook the bulgar wheat according to package instructions. Drain and cool.

2. Preheat grill pan to medium high. Brush peppers with a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Grill until soft. When cool enough to handle, dice.

3. In a large bowl, combine the wheat, cucumber, onions, tomato, peppers, parsley, mint, lemon juice, and remaining olive oil. Adjust seasoning as needed with salt and pepper.

4. Chill for at least two hours and let come to room temperature for about thirty minutes before serving.

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