Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


August, 2000
Regional Report


Tabouli Salad
This bright and colorful salad highlights your fresh garden vegetables and tastes crisp and cool on a hot summer day. It's excellent alongside grilled meats and the perfect make-ahead dish for a buffet or potluck. There are many variations on this basic recipe, so feel free to use your best vegetables and follow your own tastes.


1 cup cracked medium wheat (bulgur)

1 1/2 cups warm water

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

1 cup chopped fresh Italian or curly parsley

2 plump cloves garlic, crushed

1 cup chopped green or red onion

1 medium-sized cucumber, seeded and diced

2 or 3 medium-sized juicy tomatoes, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped (optional)

1 small zucchini, chopped (optional)

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

fresh black pepper to taste

dash of salt to taste

Serves 6-8


First thing, mix the cracked wheat and warm water in a small bowl; the wheat should absorb the water while you prepare the vegetables. Mix the remaining ingredients in a large glass or stainless-steel (nonreactive) bowl; then mix in the wheat. Make this the day before serving and cover and chill in the refrigerator so the flavors meld; stir occasionally to remix and before serving.

Web Finds

Penn State's Directory of Herbs
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