by Kiran on May 8, 2012 · 34 comments

in Salads, Sides

Hello! Hello! from the West Coast.

Today’s post is brought to you by the glorious rain, copious amount of humidity and roaring high temperatures.

Doesn’t sound like Arizona, right? Well, I am homesick aka I miss my Orlando. And to know that it is raining over there, makes me want to catch a flight home right away!

It’s dry and super hot over here. So different from Orlando. I am trying my level best not to complain at all, but I miss our home, friends and the humidity.

There, I’ve said it. I am FINE with humidity. I’d take it over dry weather in a heart-beat.

No joke.

Since it’s often dry and hot over here, simple and cool lunches are usually what we crave the most.

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Adapted from Ina Garten


  • 1/2 cup bulghur wheat
  • 1.5 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1.5 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mint, finely chopped
  • 2 small English cucumbers, diced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, add bulghur wheat and boiling water. Allow to sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. Drain soften bulghur wheat in a fine mesh. Set aside.
  2. Prepare vinaigrette by adding extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk and set aside.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, flat leaf parsley, mint and English cucumbers. Add bulghur wheat and stir to combine.
  4. Whisk vinaigrette before adding into tabbouleh. Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate for a few hours to develop deeper flavors.
  5. Serve it up with warmed pita bread.


No doubt, Arizona landscapes are beautiful. Love the scenic mountains and stumbling cactus everywhere I go!

There are boxes everywhere, begging to unpack. Off to tackle my long to-do list. Hopeful to return into regular scheduling soonish.

What are you willing to compromise with; humidity or super dry weather? 😀


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1 Reem | Simply Reem May 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Kiran, I can understand..Move can be hard n draining not only physically but emotionally as well..
I am sure sweetie you will adjust just fine, give ur self some time.

B/w Tabbouleh looks really yam and gorgeous pics..

2 kankana May 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Awww I know how it must be feeling. It’s just a matter of time sweetie and you will start liking this place too!
The tabbouleh sounds delicious. Love the last photo .. beautiful!
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3 Yummy Morsel May 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM

With time, you will start to like the new place :-)! Tabbouleh looks scrumptious and healthy!
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4 Zee May 9, 2012 at 1:23 AM

It’s so hot and humid here too. We too are missing the rain so much! This tabbouleh will make a perfect lunch and it looks so pretty and healthy!
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5 Rosa May 9, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Fabulous! That is a dish I really love eating when it’s hot outside.



6 Ira Rodrigues May 9, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Looks super healthy! Btw, your spoon really cute, matching with the dish. if i have it, i dont think I would use it daily, because it too cute hihi
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7 Shawn S May 9, 2012 at 2:29 AM

If it tastes as good as it looks, I will have to attempt it. I will probably use cilantro instead of parseley and maybe add some broken mung beans for protein and skip the pita.

8 Lubna Karim May 9, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Nothing is permanent in life…..change is always good…hope u like the place soon….recipe looks fab……
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9 Kathryn May 9, 2012 at 5:11 AM

It must be such a shock to the system to make a move like that and I can imagine that it will take some time to adjust. I much prefer a dry heat to humidity – the humidity does all sorts of strange things to my hair!

This is definitely a perfect dish for the hot weather, I love the flavours in tabbouleh.
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10 myfudo May 10, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Aww! It takes a little adjusting Kiran…I am sure you’ll gonna breeze through the move and the adjustment period in a breeze. I am happy to learn that you are still in the mood to make wonderful dishes despite whatever differences in weather and geography. Looks festive! Will try soon…
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11 Charles May 10, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Hi Kiran – I make something similar in the very hot weather. It’s very refreshing isn’t it? Especially when it’s been allowed to infuse and cool in the refrigerator for a few hours! Love the look of yours – beautifully colourful!

12 Margarita May 10, 2012 at 5:03 AM

This looks so refreshing! Perfect for ht ds!
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13 Margarita May 10, 2012 at 5:03 AM

I meant to say hot days.
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14 the wicked noodle May 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Hello!! I’ve been missing my daily favorite food blog rounds and I’ve missed you! And here you greet me with this wonderful recipe for Tabbouleh along with your typically amazing photographs. HUGS to you!!
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15 Kitchen Belleicious May 10, 2012 at 3:09 PM

yumm! My stomach is growling now! This look so flavorful. Love the color and the cucumber. I think cucumber gets over look to much! its so great in things like this
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16 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 11, 2012 at 7:06 AM

My hair likes dry weather better but my skin and sinuses like the humidity!
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17 Deeps @ Naughty Curry May 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM

looks super cooling and refreshing… hope the place grows on u 🙂
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18 chinmayie @ love food eat May 12, 2012 at 4:13 AM

Such a perfect summer lunch! Love how colorful it looks 🙂
I am a lot happier with dry weather as I simply can’t handle humidity! I come from coastal India so grew up in what seemed like one never ending humid summer but I LOVE Bangalore’s dry but cool weather.
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19 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I lived in Scottsdale for 9 mos. We moved back to San Diego and this is where we want to stay. Sorry you are homesick!a

20 Jennifer (Delicieux) May 13, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Tabbouleh is a favourite in our house. It’s so fresh and refreshing and healthy. I’m sure you will settle into your new home soon. Sorry to hear you are homesick.
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21 marla May 13, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Ha! I am the opposite….anything for that dry weather for me! Love this beautiful tabbouleh salad. Perfect for the warmer weather!

22 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake May 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I love dry weather, I love the sun and the hotness…kind of the opposite to you 😛 But I know what you mean about home sick…guess it’s always hard to move when you’re so used to the same surroundings and weather. Hope things go well!

Love the recipe and your photos as always 🙂
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23 May 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

This is one of my favourite salad. Anytime! but using it in summer BBQ meals is particularly nice. recently posted..Crème Caramel. Another childhood favourite

24 carolinaheartstrings May 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I prefer humidity myself. Makes your skin and hair healthier. Lived in FL and now NC and both are hot and humid. Wonderful. Your recipe looks terrific.

25 Angie@Angie's Recipes May 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Can’t take humid and hot weather….
The tabbouleh looks very fresh and delicious.
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26 Asmita May 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Hi Kiran,
This looks so fresh, healthy and delicious!
I prefer humid climate since I am from Mumbai. That’s what I am used to.
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27 tania@mykitchenstories May 16, 2012 at 4:00 AM

You have obviously found a great place to take your pictures because they are as good as ever. Hope you can find a sauna…. to get a bit sweaty soon!
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28 Baker Street May 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM

That’s easily one of the prettiest plates of Tabbouleh I may have seen. Ina’s recipes almost never fail you and this one is no exception.
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29 Sophie May 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

I love tabbouleh a lot & this one is a real classic but I love all of the real flavours in here! Lovely food! I would enjoy this with some grilled fish on the side! Yum Yum Yum!
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30 Jenny @ BAKE May 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

gorgeous photos! hope you feel less homesick soon
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31 Cass @foodmyfriend May 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Oh 🙁 I’m sorry that you are homesick. That sucks! On another note, I love tabbouleh. Hommus and tabbouleh on a pita bread, toasted. Yum!
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32 CS June 8, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Lovely recipe and photograph!
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33 Jamie July 21, 2012 at 3:07 AM

This Middle Eastern tabbouleh is so different than the more North African one we usually make. It looks so beautiful and good. And you miss your Orlando? I miss my summer fix of hot and humid Satellite Beach – I usually visit my mom just about now!

34 val August 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Your blog is truly amazing.

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