Tabbouleh Salad

This is a salad you see a lot in the grocery store deli. It is very simple to make and very tasty to eat. The main ingredient is parsley so be sure to use Italian parsley for best flavour. Enjoy half a whole wheat pita along side your exotic yet simple lunch.

1 ½ cups water
¾ cup bulgur
½ tsp grated lemon rind
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 small clove garlic, minced
½ tsp each salt and pepper
¼ tsp ground cumin
1 can (19 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 plum tomatoes, diced
Quarter cucumber, diced
1 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
½ cup finely chopped fresh mint
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

In saucepan bring water to boil; add bulgur. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Using fork, scrape into large bowl; let cool.

In small bowl whisk together lemon rind and juices, oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne; pour over bulgur. Stir in chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, mint and chives until well combined.

Makes 4 servings.