Simple and fresh Middle Eastern Salad, made with bulgur, tomatoes, parsley and a light lemon dressing!

Bulger and tomatoes are tossed with herbs and a simple dressing for a healthy salad.

It’s the beginning of January.  Time for those sobering resolutions.  Like many other optimists making resolutions, my big three are:  to eat better, be more organized and exercise more.   However, I have a list of smaller resolutions too.  Resolutions that are a little off the beaten path so to speak.  Below are just a few ways in which I hope 2014 is different from years past.

A healthy, simple salad made with bulgur, tomatoes and a simple dressing. www.lemonsforlulu.comWear less fleece.  It’s time to kick my “mom look” to the curb.

Yell at the kids less-it’s ineffective and annoys even me.

Floss daily.  The 6 cavities in 2013 should be my lesson.

Make more cakes.  I need to get over my fear of layers.

Get my hair cut more often.  (i.e. stop being cheap and lazy)

Be a better house cleaner-dust bunnies are NOT pets.

Tabbouleh bulgur salad www.lemonsforlulu.comRead more novels and less blogging books.

Give more of my time and money, both are gifts that should be shared.

Expose my kids to more ethnic foods, they will thank me later.

Buy a bike and get riding with the kids while they still want to ride with me.

Step away from the computer more often.  I’m not missing out on anything except life.

Be silly and laugh more.  That is a much better way to live, don’t you agree?

This recipe is my attempt at getting my family to appreciate a variety of foods AND it’s light and healthy too (I’m really hitting my resolutions with this recipe).  I love the firm, nutty bulgur in this salad.  This salad uses lots of lemon and mint in the dressing which keeps it tasting so light and fresh.  You can add cucumber for more texture and a little crunch.  We ate this as a side dish, but it could easily be an appetizer too.

 2014 is shaping up to be quite promising, especially if I continue to eat like this!  Now, about those layer cakes…..




  • ¾ cup Bulgur
  • ½ cups parsley
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup black olives, pitted and chopped
  1. Place bulger in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand for 1 hour. Drain any excess water.
  2. Place bulger in a serving bowl. Mix in tomatoes through mint.
  3. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour over bulgur. Stir in olives. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


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16 Responses

  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    Oh my this looks delicious. LOVE your small list of resolutions. So many similar ones!! Especially laughed at the dust bunnies are not pets, hehe11

  2. Tanya, I love all of your goals! In fact, I may write them down and use them as my own! :) I LOVE Tabbouleh. Its something my mom made a lot when I was a kid and brings back those childhood memories. Pinning!

  3. I’m loving this recipe and all of your goals Tanya! I love how us moms can re-examine our lives and make those little changes that have a HUGE impact on our families. I’ve been feeling very fortunate these last few weeks that I’m able to stay home with my boys and it’s made my goal of staying away from the computer when they’re around even more important. Work can wait!

  4. I love this salad! The light fresh flavors are perfect for this time of year. Love your list. Thanks for letting me know that dust bunnies aren’t pets, I guess I should clean today :) Happy New year!

  5. I love Tabbouleh! I also enjoyed reading your list of resolutions. I’m going to learn to play the acoustic guitar and spend less time trying to conquer social media in 2014! Good Luck with your goals 😀

  6. I tired Tabbouleh once and loved it, but had no idea how to make it. Thanks so much for the recipe Tanya! Definitely get away from the computer more. Kids grow up so fast, enjoy every minute of it. :)

  7. i love taboolah though the olives are new for me will deff give it a try next time i make it

    • Thank you! I love this simple tabbouleh! I love the saltiness the olives add.

  8. I tried tabbouleh when I was in high school and I didn’t like it. But I guess I wasn’t into that type of food then because I’d be all over this now! Great recipe, Tanya! Pinned!

  9. I adore this list! The last one is my favorite. One of my resolutions is to get you into a Halloween costume. #doingit
    This salad is BEAUTIFUL Tanya!!! Like I need to drive to BigLots (land of all the cast out health foods) and buy a bunch of bulgar! Love it!!!

  10. Tanya, you always crack me up! I love all of your goals for this year. Now, you’ve reminded me to back off my mommy look a little bit more. I always say my yoga pants have never seen a day of YOGA… but they’re soooo cozy!
    I love this interesting AND very creative recipe! Already pinned!


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