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Armenian

Tabbouleh with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Red Peppers

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Middle Eastern TaboulehGrowing up in Armenia, Tabbouleh was one of the common salads that my paternal Grandma would make for our family.  I remember her making a huge batch not only for us, but for her neighbor friends as well.   Even though for me, it was just Tabbouleh, but for her friends, it meant a lot more. They would come over to our house to have Tabbouleh like it was a special occasion.

From early on, I understood and learned from my Grandma not only about food, but about our culture.  I learned that Armenians had a strong past and that lot of my Grandma’s cooking came from her upbringing.  Growing up in Turkey and moving to Lebanon after the Armenian Genocide exposed her to lot of food that Armenians in Armenia were not accustomed to.  When she came to Armenia in 1940′s, Tabbouleh was one of the dishes that came with her.   She would serve her salad with whole Romaine Lettuce Leaves.  She taught me to eat Tabbouleh by putting a big tablespoonful on top of a whole lettuce leaf.   Until now, I love having this salad with lettuce leaves.  It tastes so much better.

Tabbouleh was her history and what she grew up with and it has remained in my family’s kitchen thanks to her.  Since she’s close to her 90′s now, my mom is our go to person for Tabbouleh and for lot of other great dishes.

It is a very simple salad to prepare with lot of flavor and “good for you” ingredients.

Although, I love my Grandma’s version, I wanted to change her recipe a little by incorporating sun dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and garlic.  If you truly want her version, you can eliminate my additions and extra herbs.  I just woke up one day and pictured this in my head and thought to give it a shot.

Usually, in my family we serve Tabbouleh with french fries, but you can serve it with meets, sprinkled feta cheese, or just simply on top of greens.

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  • http://mymotherstable.wordpress.com Dnepling

    My parents are from Lebanon. I, too, grew up eating tabbouleh!
    diane

  • Laura

    I want to try your Tabbouleh recipe.  My family moved to America during the Armenian Genocide.  I like the history you share with your posts.  I lived in Uruguay for awhile and there was a huge population there that came during the Genocide as well.  Interesting. 

  • amylynn1016

    looks amazing!

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