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Lebanese Salad

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A cool fresh salad is perfect for a sweltering summer day.  Who wants to cook when it is so hot.  I eat an abundance of salad all year round.  I am always looking for a different recipe to try.  My favorite salad is the Lebanese salad though.  I eat it with hummus and pita bread.  It makes a delicious lunch or a light dinner meal.  In this tutorial I will also share how to make creamy hummus and how to get the most juice from your lemon without using a electric juicer.
 
 
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Step 1: Recipe

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Recipe:

5 Tomatoes chopped
1 Cucumber chopped
1-2  Bunches green onions with tops chopped
1-2 lemons Juiced
2 Bunches fresh parsley finely chopped
1-2  Tablespoon minced garlic
Mint for garnish add more if you want it in the salad
Sea salt to taste
Olive oil optional   

Normally they put Bulgar wheat in this salad but I can't find it in my area.  It makes this salad very healthy.  








Step 2: Prepare Vegetables

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Wash all the vegetables

Chop:
  • Parsley
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber

Step 3: Mix Together

Measure 1-2 Tablespoons minced garlic
Microwave lemons 20 seconds to get the juices soft.
Let set for a few minutes to cool off.

You need to be careful when you cut into the lemons because they can squirt juice out. They need to cool slightly.

Juice the lemon with a small hand juicer as shown or just squeeze the juice out.
Place the juice in a cup.

Combine all the vegetables in a bowl and mix well.

Add to taste the lemon juice and garlic. You may add a little olive oil  if you like.  

Mix well.

Chill.




 
onrust2 years ago
......a hot day (115) and I WAS looking for dinner plans. Off to the store I go and thanks again Sunshiine :) Is this a kind of Tabouli?
sunshiine (author)  onrust2 years ago
Oh, hey how are you? Yes it is kind of tabbouleh. That is what I call it anyway. I have trouble finding Bulgar wheat so I leave it out. Can't go wrong with this dish for a hot day. It has been 107 here and Kansas was 112 I was told. Whew it cooled off this afternoon and the breeze was most welcomed! Thanks for commenting and hope you stay cool!
Sunshiine
I've never understood the attraction of "Humus" any more than I understand "Mushy Peas", but that's a personal thing.

There's some great tips and tricks there, the salad is similar to something I do as a "Couscous" salad, and I see no reason why you shouldn't use another grain if you wish. Bulgar Wheat, Couscous, Rice, even PASTA would probably work in a similar way, just cook it separately and allow to cool before adding the vegetables and seasoning. It's also really portable, and easy to keep for a day or two, (if you can resist the temptation to eat it) so it's great for garden parties, barbecues and picnics.


FWIW, if you don't have to follow Sharia or Kosha or other dietary constraints, I add a little bit of chopped up "Pepperami" (a kind of mini salami) but any cooked meat could add a little difference to this dish. It doesn't HAVE to be traditional
sunshiine (author)  Dream Dragon3 years ago
Thanks for your comment. You know, I have heard a lot of guys make the same comment about humus. I think it is a guy thing. I love it! Those are some nice suggestions about the salad. I have added pasta to mine and it is very good. Thanks again for taking the time to comment and do have a great day!.
Ritchy9003 years ago
really good. one question. Did you get "lebanese" from Glee
sunshiine (author)  Ritchy9003 years ago
I am sorry I do not understand the question.
iPodGuy3 years ago
My wife's family eats this. They call it tabouli.

Something about the texture really throws me off, but they love it.
sunshiine (author)  iPodGuy3 years ago
I assume there are people that don't like it for the same reason. I love it. I could eat it 3-4 days a week. It has the same amount of vitamin C as 10 oranges. I like the ratio! Tabbouleh generally has Bulgar wheat, that is why I did not call it that. It is hard to find in my area. Thanks for commenting IPODGUY! Have a great day!
ChrysN3 years ago
Looks delicious, great tip about removing the skins from the chick peas.
sunshiine (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks so much for commenting. Yes, removing the skins is really a plus. the texture is so much smoother and it does not have that grainy taste. I like it much better. thanks again.