I made tabbouleh for tonight. We won't sit down to eat until about 2 hours from now. Should I put it in the fridge or leave it out at room temp? If I refrigerate, should I hold off on adding the tomatoes (haven't done so yet)? Thanks.
Strongly disagree with everyone above. To me, tabbouleh is at its most refreshing when very, very cold. It's the best thing to eat on a hot summer's day, and it will keep fine in the fridge for several days.
Things like that always taste better at room temp. I think I would put it in the fridge for the first hour and then take it out to sit at room temp. Then I would add the tomatoes. Tomatoes should never be refrigerated, to get the best flavour from them.
the tomatoes need to go in asap. Its the juice from them that softens the wheat. Also, I let mine sit at room temp just to get the juices going and then chill for a short period of time. Don't forget a smear of hummous and a dip of hot sauce...YUM.