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Intercultural Dialogue Salad-Buckwheat Tabbouleh

DSC_0762otvMiddle-Eastern Tabbuleh has been my favorite side dish while studing in New York City…It is super refreshing, gratifying and very healthy….but I can’t recall having it after I left New York….

Buckwheat is a super food, a great source of manganese, magnesium, copper, and zinc,vitamin B which are great for the immune system. It supports heart and can help in preventing diabetes and digestive disorders (in Greece it can be found at the Meat Market in Athens and several other stores).
It is a very popular cooking ingredient in Poland and Russia. It is one of a few foods that all my kids like …and they prefer it in a plainest form; cooked and drizzled with olive oil.

At some point I have started experimenting with buckwheat because of my husband who was the only one among us finding the plain yet so deliscious buckwheat a little boring…

And thus the Polish Tabbuleh has been born…DSC_0771otv


  • olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • salt

Preparing the salad

  1. Place the buckwheat in a large bowl
  2. Add diced tomatoes
  3. Add diced parsley
  4. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil

This dish is a rare occasion when I happily restrain from using many spices because I find the combination of the ingredients very winning already. As my 4 ingredients salad happens to be a mix of two such diverse cultures I have served it today on an interview I have given entitled “Intercultural Dialogue (in this case music related) comes from a longing for experiencing many lives”…DSC_0979DSC_0984otv

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