This is dinner tonight!!!  I made it this morning since i am going on a group bike ride with the girls later this afternoon.  The flavors should meld together nicely....can't wait!
Tabouleh is a grain and veggie salad originally from Lebanon.  Bulgur, lemon, parsley, and tomato are some of the traditional ingredients.  Here is what i did...

1 cup bulgur wheat
2 cups stock, veg or chicken, can also use water
2 small seedless cucumbers, small dice
1 yellow/orange pepper, small dice
1 can diced tomatoes, juice and all
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Juice and zest from one lemon
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
6 kalamata olives, minced
4oz low-fat feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper, about 15 turns if using a grinder
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp white or red wine vinegar, i used white this time

serves 4

other possible additions....fresh mint, green onions, red onions

Bring stock or water to a boil in a large pot.  Add bulgur, stir, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool.  In meantime, chop up all veggies and get other ingredients ready.  Once bulgur has cooled a bit, mix everything together thoroughly.  

I would allow this to sit at room temp for at least 30 minutes or in the fridge for a couple hours to let the flavors develop, however, this step is not crucial!!!  If you want to enjoy it right away, by all means go ahead and enjoy!  It may be hard to resist!!!  When you do decide to eat it, serve at room temp or warm up slightly if you like.

I thought i'd make it a complete meal with the addition of protein from the chickpeas aka garbonza beans.

you can totally use fresh tomatoes instead of canned....i typically do not buy fresh ones in the winter.

I am going to be very simple and eat it straight out of a bowl, but if you want to spruce it up a bit, serve it in grape leaves or romaine lettuce cups like they do in the Middle East.

side note....SPRING HAS SPRUNG here in Georgia!  I am trying to savor the beauty before it is too late!

these gorgeous flowers are climbing up our house right next to our front door...they smell amazing!