AGE-Less With This Garden Fresh Tabbouleh

Need another reason to eat a plant-based diet? Plant foods are naturally low in toxic, age-accelerating AGEs.  Moreover, compounds in a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices have been shown to inhibit AGE formation. For instance, a recent study found that parsley (Petroselinum crispum) exhibits potent antiglycation activity.

So gather up a big bunch of parsley along with some vine ripe tomatoes and cool cucumbers and whip up some Garden Fresh Tabbouleh – it’s the perfect complement to summer meals. For a gluten-free version, substitute quinoa for the bulgur wheat.

Garden Fresh Tabbouleh (From the AGE-Less Way)

Tabbouleh

Plant foods are naturally low in age-accelerating AGEs. Many plant foods also contain compounds that inhibit AGE formation.

Yield: 8 servings

  • 1 cup uncooked bulgur wheat
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled and seeded cucumber
  • 1 cup (or more) packed finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint

DRESSING

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Prepare the bulgur wheat according to package directions and let cool. Place the bulgur wheat, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, scallions, and mint in a large bowl.  Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and stir to mix. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to mix.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutritional Facts (per serving, about 7/8 cup)

Calories: 120, Carb: 17 g, Fiber: 4.4 g, Fat: 5.5 g, Sat. Fat: 0.8 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Protein: 3.1 g, Sodium: 157 mg, Calcium: 36 mg

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