Hubby’s in LUV with his new smoker, so I am taking advantage of his willingness to smoke whatever hits my fancy. I had some smoked salmon in the freezer that he had prepared a week ago. Knowing that I wanted to use it before the flavor deteriorated (No, you cannot expect freezer food to last forever.), I decided to add it to the tabbouleh salad that I was preparing for lunch. By placing the salad in a whole wheat pita pocket lined with some prepared hummus and adding a side of grilled fresh pineapple, we enjoyed a healthy and filling lunch. The salad would be just as delicious without the pita pocket if you prefer.
Serves 41/2 cup bulgur wheat (crushed wheat)
1 cup water
1 1/2 mini cucumbers, chopped (You can substitute regular or English cucumbers, about 1 cup)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped and drained
2 bunches flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, finely chopped, about 1 – 1 1/2 cups
1/2 yellow, orange or green bell pepper, chopped
1-2 green onions, minced
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 – 3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded smoked salmon, optional
Combine the bulgur and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat, cover and let stand until the water is absorbed and the bulgur is tender, about 30 minutes. If any water remains, drain in a fine- mesh sieve. Transfer to a larger bowl and let cool completely.
Add the parsley, mint, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and green onions to the bulgur. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, garlic, and pepper in a small bowl and whisk until well blended.
Add the dressing to the salad and toss. Add in the smoked salmon if using. Taste for seasoning; adjust.
Serve in pita pockets that have been spread on the inside with prepared hummus (I used Sabra.) and lined with leaf lettuce. Spoon in tabbouleh salad and garnish with additional tomato and cucumber slices, if desired.
Adapted from The Food of Our People, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Little Rock, AR and Eating Well
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