Winter Tabbouleh w/ sorrel and lime

In America, tabbouleh is often made primarily of bulgur wheat, with other ingredients added in small quantities. But in the dish’s homeland, the Middle East, traditional versions are nearly the opposite, with the bulgur wheat used in small amounts, almost like a condiment. This version has more in common with those traditional versions and relies upon herbs and greens that retain their vitality in gardens throughout our region during all but the coldest winters. Avocados take on the role typically filled by tomatoes. Sorrel is easy to grow (in the shade!) and it reseeds itself year after year after year. It is also available at our local farmers’ markets.

December 01, 2017

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium-grain bulgur
  • Zest of 3 limes
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Pinch of chipotle powder, ground cayenne or Basque red pepper
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Black pepper in a mill
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch (about 8 to 10), scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh spearmint leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh sorrel leaves, cut into thin crosswise strips
  • 1 or 2 ripe avocados, diced and tossed with a bit of lime juice

Preparation

Put the bulgur in a strainer or colander, shake out any dust, then rinse it under cool water and set the strainer with the grain in a large bowl. Cover the bulgur with water and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Drain off the water, then put the bulgur in a tea towel. Twist the towel to squeeze out the excess moisture. Place the bulgur in a deep glass or porcelain bowl.

In a small bowl, mix together the lime zest, lime juice, salt, pinches of chipotle, cayenne or red pepper, and cinnamon and add several turns of black pepper. Stir to dissolve the salt. Whisk in the olive oil and pour the dressing over the bulgur.

Scatter the scallions over the surface of the bulgur, then add the parsley, cilantro and mint. Top with the sorrel and then the diced avocados. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight

To serve, use 2 large salad spoons or forks to toss the ingredients together, being sure to reach to the bottom of the bowl to incorporate the bulgur and dressing. Taste and adjust the seasonings, as needed. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

The tabbouleh will keep, refrigerated, for 2 or 3 days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium-grain bulgur
  • Zest of 3 limes
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Pinch of chipotle powder, ground cayenne or Basque red pepper
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Black pepper in a mill
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch (about 8 to 10), scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh spearmint leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh sorrel leaves, cut into thin crosswise strips
  • 1 or 2 ripe avocados, diced and tossed with a bit of lime juice
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