Radicchio, Basil, Chard Tabbouleh, A Variation!

tabbouleh with raddichio, chard and basil

Radicchio, Basil,Chard Tabbouleh, A Variation!

tabbouleh with raddichio, basil and chardMiddle Eastern tabbouleh is such a versatile dish that can be used as a healthy grain and vegetable side dish for just about any main entrée protein. Tabbouleh is fabulous as a stand alone salad as well! For this nutritious tabbouleh variation, I have used an abundance of radicchio, fresh basil and Swiss chard as well as the traditional ingredients of parsley, cucumber and tomato with just a bit of mint laced bulgar, all dressed up in lemony olive oil and a dash of Aleppo. Radicchio, Basil, Chard Tabbouleh, A Variation! Just delicious!

1&1/4 cup bulgar
2 cups boiling water
2 Tablespoons dried mint
1 small sweet onion, minced
1/2 bunch Swiss chard, finely sliced
1/2 head of radicchio, finely sliced
4 cups heirloom tomatoes, cut up
1&1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
1&1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 small very crunchy cucumbers, unpeeled and chopped
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1&1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper flakes
1Tablespoon kosher salt flakes

In a large mixing bowl, pour boiling water over the bulgar and set aside until all water us absorbed, about 1 hour
Add all the chopped vegetables and herbs
Mix gently, season with salt and Aleppo pepper
Add the oil and lemon, mix gently
Transfer to a large serving bowl or plate
Serve chilled or at room temperature
Enjoy with a light Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir
Perfect with lamb, chicken or beef, great all by itself!

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