1/2 cup bulgur (cracked wheat)
2-3 bunches flat leaf parsley (about 2 cups finely chopped)
1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
2-3 medium red tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1/2 seedless cucumber, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Fresh ground pepper and salt
In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add the bulgur, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and turn off heat. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Stir, drain and squeeze the moisture out of bulgur. Place bulgur in a large bowl and add herbs, diced tomato, diced cucumber, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Add more lemon juice and salt if necessary.
Bulgur is a whole wheat grain that has been cracked and partially pre-cooked. As a whole grain, bulgur is a much better source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients than enriched or refined wheat.
Want to add a different flavor? Try adding green onion, ground almonds, pomegranate kernels or diced garlic.