A little taste of the Middle East from World Gospel Mission’s International Cookbook

Tabbouleh is a popular side dish across the Arabic world. It’s super flexible, and can be adapted to your taste. The ingredients are guidelines, not rules! The test kitchen halved the recipe, and we enjoyed it with grilled chicken, pita bread, grilled onions, and fresh feta cheese. (The test kitchen’s husband agreed that the fresh feta tied the whole meal together very nicely.)


  • 1 ¼ cup cracked wheat (bulgar)
  • 2 ½ cups water (or amount called for by package)
  • 1 ¼ cups fresh parsley, minced
  • ¾ cup green onions, minced
  • 3 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste



Gather ingredients and a sharp knife.

Cooking bulgar in a sauce pan

Cook bulgar (found near the rice in my supermarket) according to package directions. Allow to cool to room temperature before adding the other ingredients.

Minced and diced ingredients

Meanwhile, get to chopping! Mince and dice all remaining ingredients. We recommend sprinkling tomatoes with salt and allowing to sit for about 10 minutes. Drain liquid before adding to the bulgar.

All the ingredients combined

Combine vegetables and bulgar and add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for an hour before dinnertime.

A Middle-East-inspired meal

Enjoy your Middle-East-inspired meal!

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