Tabouli Salad Recipe

Tabouli Salad Recipe

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If you’ve been looking for the perfect Tabouli Salad Recipe, look no further! Unlike many tabouli recipes that are heavy on the parsley, this Tabouli  Salad recipe replaces some of the parsley with mint and lettuce. Although most Middle Eastern cultures enjoy this light and refreshing salad, the credit goes to the Lebanese, who were the first to come up with it. Assyrians do pronounce the name differently, however. We call it “taboula” instead of “tabouli.”

Tabouli Salad Recip Variations

These days you’ll find many Tabouli Salad Recipe variations. All you have to do is a quick search on Pinterest (some with bulgur and some with other grains, like quinoa). However, the traditional method includes bulgur, parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers, and scallions, with a simple lemon juice and olive oil dressing. My version has equal parts of parsley and lettuce, along with some fresh mint. In my opinion, too much parsley can be overpowering.

The World’s Best Tabouli Recipe

In our family, my sister, Beni, has always been known for making the best taboula. Some of my fondest memories are of my yearly visits with her in Chicago. On those warm Chicago nights, we sit in her backyard, sipping her equally delicious margaritas, while lightening bugs light up the night. Beni always serves her Taboula as Mezza (appetizer) to go along with the margaritas. Tabouli is usually served as “mezza,” along with other dishes like Assyrian Eggrolls, Foul Medames (dilled fava beans), and Arayes (meat-stuffed Pita Pockets). I can’t think of a better way of wrapping up a perfect Chicago Summer night!


Serving Suggestions

Tabouli is filling enough to eat by itself, or maybe with a side of Hummus and Pita Bread (for the vegetarians out there). It also goes great as a side to meat dishes such as Juicy Shish Kabob, Goat Kabobs, and Sumac Chicken.

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You may also enjoy the following salad recipes: Healthy Broccoli Salad, Pomegranate Quinoa Salad, and Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad.

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Taboula (Tabouli) Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A very healthy and tasty Lebanese salad made with bulgur, plenty of yummy veggies, and a delicious, tangy dressing.

Course: Appetizers, Side Dish
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 5 cups
Calories: 248 kcal
  • 3/4 cups fine bulgur
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 medium tomatoes diced
  • 4 scallions diced
  • 1 medium cucumber diced
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup Italian parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint chopped
  • 1 jalapeno minced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. Add bulgur to a medium-sized bowl. Pour warm water over the bulgur and soak for 20 minutes. Most of the water will be absorbed, but squeeze handfuls of bulgur over a strainer, to remove any additional moisture. Place in the fridge until completely cooled.
  2. Meanwhile, chop/mince the vegetables and herbs, and add to a medium-sized bowl. Once the bulgur has cooled off, mix in with the vegetables and herbs. Whisk the dressing ingredients, and pour over the vegetable mixtures. Gently mix the salad ingredients, and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Taboula (Tabouli) Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 592mg26%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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