Tabouleh places the entire Mediterranean diet into one salad bowl. It starts with bulgur, whole wheat kernels that have been precooked and ground into rice-sized bits. You can buy bulgur off the supermarket shelves, and preparing tabouleh with it is really simple. Steep the bulgur in water or chicken broth until it's fluffy and tender. Toss with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, pistachios, plus fistfuls of chopped parsley and mint -- a cornucopia of the Mediterranean market. Dress the dish lightly in olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. The flavors will blend as the tabbouleh chills.
The Italians have also turned some impressive feats with wheat. Our next offering is one of them.