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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Recipes to Relax with for your Memorial Day Weekend

Za'atar Potatoes, MaureenAbood.com

Seems like Memorial Day has always, always been a getaway time for me. That getaway being, always, Up North in Michigan. It’s the kick-off, with complete excitement, for all that is summer in Michigan. If you live here, or you’ve been here, no further explanation is needed. But if you came to northern Michigan just…

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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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Favorite Lebanese Summer Salads

  The start of August seems like the perfect time reach into our treasure trove of recipes and recall all of the delicious Lebanese recipes for summer’s bounty. Plus we have so many new readers, it only seems appropriate that we welcome you with a look-see at the Lebanese recipes and stories that have been…

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A June Menu: Lebanese Lunch Alfresco

There are few things we Aboods enjoy more than sitting around talking about what to cook and what to eat next. I suspect the same is true for at least some of you…. We get after it whether there’s a party to plan, a weekend dinner, or just lunch outside. Ideas fly and it’s a…

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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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Ingredient: Cracked wheat, or bulghur

When I was in cooking school, we spent a multi-week session on grains. Our chef instructor, Frances, has a love affair with grains (as she does, not surprisingly, with ingredients of all kinds) that’s contagious, and her enthusiasm got me thinking. Mostly about the dearth of grains in my diet, and how I was going…

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