If you’re unfamiliar with “Caribbean” history you’d asking why is this fella from the islands trying to impress us with a Tabouleah recipe? Immigrants from the Middle East started to arrive in places like Trinidad and Tobago as early as 1904. So you’ll find that like the strong Colonial African, Indian and Chinese influence on our foods, that same sort of influence from Syria and Lebanon is present on our dinner tables.
Note: I’m not a huge fan of mint, so you’ll find that I didn’t add much and traditional Tabouleah is definitely more ‘green’ with a ton of parsley.. keep in mind that this is my version
1 cup bulgar what (prepared)
1 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup mint
1 large cucumber (English – seedless)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup pomegranate seeds
2 medium tomatoes
To learn how to prepare the Bulgar Wheat, watch this video. Please note that the 1 cup of Bulgar I mentioned is ‘before’ it was prepared and it will yield much more. So you can cut that back to your liking.
Feel free to add more mint and parsley as I mentioned above. The orange and lime juices along with the pomegranate seeds are my personal take on this recipe. Dice the tomato and cucumber into same size pieces. I like using a seedless variety like the English cucumber as the skin is less tough and I don’t have to worry about seeding it. Chop the parsley, scallions (use red onion instead of you wish) and mint.
Place the prepared Bulgar in a large bowl, then add the other ingredients and mix well. Try to fold so the diced tomato is not crushed.
Taste for salt and adjust accordingly. Chill for a couple hrs before serving and note that this can last in the fridge (covered) for a good 5 days. I encourage you to head over to the YouTube channel and click on the ‘comments’ for this video as there are many excellent tips and ideas being shared .
So while not something you immediately associate with the Caribbean and for many it would not seem like a ‘traditional’ recipe.. I assure you, that this herbal vegetarian salad is absolutely delicious and SHOULD be an invited guest at your next summer BBQ lime.