Green bean and broccolini tabbouleh

Green bean and broccolini tabbouleh
Green bean and broccolini tabbouleh Photo: Eddie Jim

Go for the flavour of flat-leaf as you heap into this Middle Eastern-style tabbouleh salad, great as a sandwich filler or as an accompaniment to a hearty soup.


2 cups fine bourghul (bulgur) wheat

3½ cups water or vegetable stock

1 cup green beans, topped and tailed

1 bunch broccolini, cut into small florets

1 cup flat-leafed parsley, chopped roughly

1 tbsp good-quality capers, rinsed

½ cup roast hazelnuts, skinned and chopped roughly

4 tbsp unrefined hazelnut oil or olive oil

3 tbsp raspberry vinegar or lemon juice

1 small garlic clove, minced

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

sea salt


First, prepare the bulgur by placing it into a large bowl with a teaspoon of salt. Pour the 3½ cups of boiling water over the top and cover firmly with a lid so that all the liquid can be absorbed, around 10 minutes. Lightly fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.

Blanch the beans and broccolini separately in a pot of boiling water for a minute or until al dente. Refresh under cold running water and drain. Slice each bean finely, then toss together with the broccolini into the bulgur, adding parsley, capers and chopped hazelnuts.

Make the dressing by whisking together the oil, vinegar, garlic, black pepper and a ¼ teaspoon of salt. Pour over the salad, toss it and allow it to stand for 15 minutes before serving. Eat at room temperature.