With garden lettuce and fresh herbs I wanted a good grain salad. I used my butterhead lettuce as usually Tabbouleh is served on lettuce.
In summer, tabbouleh is often served with sliced or cubed cucumber, pepper, or tomato, and with grape leaves rather than lettuce.
2 cups bulgur (available in bulk at http://www.ourfarmtoyou.com/site/index.cfm)
1 cup minced onion
Salt to taste
1 1/2 cups minced parsley
1/2 cup minced spearmint, or a mixture of spearmint and lemon balm
1/2 cup lemon juice, or more
1/2 cup olive oil, or more
Fresh lettuce or brined grape leaves
Olives or grapes
Cubed or crumbled feta or cotija cheese or Parmesan
Put the bulgur into a bowl, cover it with water, and let the bulgur soak for an hour. Drain and press out any excess water.
Mix the bulgur with the onions, crushing the onions with your fingers. Add salt to taste. Stir in the herbs, the half-cup lemon juice, and the half-cup olive oil. Taste the salad, and add more salt, lemon juice, or oil, if you like.
Serve the tabbouleh immediately, with lettuce or grape leaves if you like, or chill the salad until you’re ready to eat. Garnish with olives and feta or cotija or Parmesan cheese if you wish.