Avocado Tabbouleh, the original chopped salad!

Tabbouleh in lettuce cups

I call my Avocado Tabbouleh Salad the original chopped salad because it’s all about the finely chopped herbs and vegetables. A simple lemon vinaigrette lets all of the flavors shine. The truth of tabbouleh is this: it’s a labor-of-love salad. A salad whose basis is fresh herbs could be nothing but, when you consider how…

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Tabbouleh Hummus Platter

Tabbouleh Hummus Platter with blue and white platter

The Tabbouleh Hummus Platter is perfect on your grill buffet, as a side dish and a vegetarian main. Make it gluten-free using quinoa in the tabbouleh. Eat the tabbouleh hummus with thin pita bread or crisp romaine leaves. Someone asked me recently what is my favorite way to eat hummus. That’s a toughie, because I…

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe

Quinoia tabbouleh with mint, onion, tomato, and parsley on a white platter, MaureenAbood.com

I’ve been so offended by so many tabboulehs over the years, that I must be the de facto tabbouleh police by now. I know you know what I’m talking about: those grain-heavy salads that offer a fleck of parsley here, a precious leaf of mint there. Is it laziness that has prompted the phenomenon? It…

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Tabbouleh makes me shake-shake my bootie

Tabbouleh is a Lebanese chopped herb salad of parsley, mint, tomatoes, onion, and just a touch of bulgur wheat (which can be substituted with cooked quinoa). A perfect salad with grilled meats, and also delicious on its own with a dollop of hummus! The backyard garden where I grew up on Wagon Wheel Lane presented…

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Why three times? How to prep parsley for tabbouleh.

My brother has a good friend he met in medical school who came from a big, wonderful East coast Italian family. The Italian father ruled the roost not unlike my own: with a firmness that is known in our family to inspire “fear of father.” As in, “that kid needs a little fear of father…

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Lebanese Hummus Recipes

Fresh mint hummus with mint, clintro, and pine nuts

Ohhh how we love our Lebanese Hummus Recipes! Each one has that smooth, luscious texture and flavor (that comes from chickpeas that have the peel or skin removed). Toppings and mix-ins abound with hummus as your base. Find skinless chickpeas, great tahini, and other ingredients for the best hummus in my shop!

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(Much!) Easier Spanakopita

Easier spanakopita in a pan

Spanakopita is traditionally made by buttering layer after layer of phyllo. No more! Try my (much!) easier Spanakopita using my super simple hack. This is a recipe my Sitto learned at her Greek Orthodox Church and shared with me. The original includes the best of everything, and my original post went to the heart of…

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What is Bulgur?

Fine and coarse bulgur side by side in a blue bowl

Bulgur is a staple of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, used in dishes like tabbouleh. This grain one of the healthiest you can eat for its nutrient-rich qualities. Find bulgur, both fine and coarse, here.   What is bulgur? Bulgur is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, as it has been for thousands of years.…

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