Dietitian's tip: Wrap this Middle Eastern salad in lettuce, tuck it in a pita pocket or serve it as a side dish. This salad also goes well with lavosh — a round, thin crispbread.
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup bulgur (cracked wheat), rinsed and drained
1 cup diced, seeded tomatoes
1 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped scallions or green onions
1 teaspoon dill weed
4 black olives, sliced
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the bulgur. Cover and let stand until the bulgur is tender and the liquid is completely absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
In a large bowl, add the bulgur and the remaining ingredients. Toss gently just until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to allow the flavors to blend. Serve chilled.