- STEP 1
First, kick off with the dressing, which must steep whilst the rest of the prep goes on.
Start off with the pomegranate: Follow the instruction in the link to release the seeds…
Try to collect as much of the juice as possible by gently squeezing the fruit as each segment is removed.
Drain the seeds on kitchen towel and set aside.
- STEP 2
In a spice grinder whizz up briefly the yellow mustard seeds, peppercorns, fennel seeds, cloves, cumin seeds and dried bay leaves. Or use a pestle and mortar.
In a shaking bottle/oil dispenser or any smallish container (old jam jar etc…) with a lid, place the ground spices inside, add the sliced garlic cloves, red dried hot chillies, lemon juice, the dollop of garlic paste, pomegranate juice and EV olive oil (the amount of EVOO should be roughly about double the amount of the rest of the dressing). Shake very well.
Put aside for later and whilst the prep is going on give it the odd shake.
That’s the most difficult bit over!
- STEP 3
Onto the rest
Now, pour the bulgur wheat into a shallow bowl and pour in very hot water (or chicken/veg stock) just enough to cover it and set aside to allow the wheat to swell up.
Strip the mint leaves off the stems and discard the stems (They are very bitter). Now combine the mint leaves, parsley and basil (chopped stems included) on a chopping board and using a large knife or herb chopper chop up fairly roughly all the herbs. Throw them into a large bowl.
Into the same bowl throw in the chopped spring onions, cherry tomatoes, radishes, pomegranate seeds, chopped peppers, the sweet pickled chillies, green olives, and the black olives. Also drain the soaked green raisins and add them too. Mix like a crazy, making sure not to bruise the herbs, pomegranate seeds or break up the tomatoes.
- STEP 4
Pour over the bulgar wheat enough of the dressing to wet it again and to allow it soak up the tangy flavour. Make sure it does not get too wet.
Leave everything for half an hour.
- STEP 5
After ½ hr. add the crushed walnuts to the big salad bowl.
Fluff up the bulgur wheat and spoon it in in small batches and mix into the salad bowl containing all the other ingredients. Mix carefully with each added batch. Add enough bulgur wheat to speckle the salad rather than to dominate it.
- STEP 6
Bring the overflowing salad bowl to the table and allow your guests to spoon into their own plates as much as they want.
Pass round the remaining dressing for your guests to add to their portions as they wish.
Serve with lots of flat breads and quarters of the remaining lemons. Encourage your guests to use the flat beards to scoop up their salad in place of forks/spoons.