This quick and easy recipe is a combination of a traditional Tabouleh style salad with your classic British salad.
I am obsessed with Middle Eastern cuisine, and any unusual salads at the moment.
Mainly because the flavours are so fresh and vibrant, but really simple too.
You can cook the buckwheat ahead of time to give it chance to cool. If making it fresh I like to run under a little cold water before mixing with the salad.
You can mix up the ingredients a little too, why not try adding peppers or substitute red onion for spring onion. I usually use whatever I have in my salad drawer.
Tabouleh is a Levantine recipe, which is an area we now know as Syria, Palestine, and Jordan.
It traditionally sees a lot more parsley, mint and tomatoes mixed with onions and lemon juice or olive oil. Other variations exist, using lettuce, as used in this recipe.
Buckwheat is a seed, or what nutritionists refer to as a pseudocereal. Much like quinoa it is eaten like a grain or cereal but in fact is not related to wheat or grasses, so is naturally gluten free, and nutritious while still being low in cholesterol and fats.
Not only am I obsessed with Middle Eastern cuisine at the minute, but I am also deeply saddened by some of the terrible things people in Syria, and surrounding countries are having to go through.
Recent bereavements and being surrounded by bad news, both at home and in the news had left me feeling pretty helpless, and sad about a lot of the terrible things happening in the world right now.
This motivated fellow blogger Mandy Mazliah of Sneaky Veg and I to try and do something on our blogs, even if it is just in the smallest way.
Mandy has been in touch with Médecins Sans Frontières (UK) who currently work in and around Syria to try and provide healthcare to those effected by the conflicts. We would like to raise money to help towards their efforts not only in Syria but Sudan too. Which I will post about later in this series.
You can read their story on the MSF website. Or watch a video of the kind of work they do here:
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