I really love the freshness of Tabbouleh. Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean dish and often served as part of meze. Meze is a selection of small dishes. The history and tradition of Tabbouleh differ depending who I talk to but most agree that the name is based on the Arabic word for herb or seasoning.
Tabbouleh is based on bulgur, parsley, mint, cucumber, onion and tomato. And then add some lemonjuice for an acidic flavour. For me the key is to have plenty of parsley and to cut all veggies into very small pieces. As I don’t want the salad to be too wet I take out the seeds from the tomato and cucumber. I’m usually quite careful with the mint as for me the mint add some freshness to the salad but it shouldn’t take over so the salad taste like toothpaste!
At this time of the year a lot of people start to grill outside. Tabbouleh works perfect as a side dish to grilled chicken and meat. For this Friday dinner I suggest pairing it with the lamb sausage Merguez. Merguez is originating from Middle East and North Africa but today I see it in grocery stores in many countries around the world. The exact composition of the sausage though differ so in some countries it is made only with lamb and in some countries the sausage is a mix of lamb and beef. Merguez is a great alternative for the grill. But of course one can grill it inside in a saucepan too!
Remember Life is too short to not eat and drink well!