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Heart-healthy tabbouleh (recipe)

Feb. 27, 2017

Tabbouleh is a delicious Syrian-Lebanese dish that has become a popular healthy vegetarian option around the world.

Usually served as a salad or appetizer, tabbouleh is packed with heart-healthy ingredients, vitamins and minerals, and is low in saturated fat and rich in fiber.

Dr. Suhail Zavaro, a cardiologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, shares his family’s best recipe for tabbouleh.

Heart-Healthy Tabbouleh
Serve it with fresh pita bread or lettuce leaves.
Yields 8 to 10 servings

4 cups parsley, minced
1/2 cup bulgur (a finely ground, cracked wheat)
1 cup tomato, diced
3/4 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh mint, minced
3/4 cup scallion, minced
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

These ingredients can be increased or decreased depending on personal preference.

In a bowl, soak the bulgur in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Then drain the water. You may hand-squeeze the bulgur to get rid of any excess water. In a separate bowl, mix the tomato, scallion, mint, parsley and salt. Add the bulgur, olive oil and lemon juice, and thoroughly mix ingredients. Serve in a ball or flat on a plate with pita bread or lettuce leaves.

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