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Updated on September 15, 2017

Tabouli Oh Ya !!!!!

Great Tabouli starts with Olive Oil and when mixed with tomatoes and bulgar to make Tabouli that gives me a smile inside and out.

Little pieces of garlic and mint talking with each other while they cruise around between the grains on a river of olive oil, now that is yaking Tabouli. Black pepper teams up with lemon juice painting a tangy and spiced collage with a parsley paint brush. It all becomes a symphony of flavor to excite your senses and please your guests. Experiment with different olive oils.

Tabouli on top of a great tossed salad with chopped walnuts.Tabouli in pita pockets with smoked turkey and cheese, Tabouli at a picnic, Tabouli and Humus served with carrot sticks, celery slices and pita pieces are a great snack when hanging out with the family or friends.

Even with olive oil drenching every little bulgar grain the calories tabouli has are minimal and the goodness is great.

Tabouli always tastes best when you use the freshest ingredients. There are dozens and dozens of great ways to make Tabouli. The best way? Make it your own special way.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes....

Total Time: not long

Serves: about 4


  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 + cloves garlic chopped fine
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 4 scallions finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 10 mint leaves chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped


  1. Pour boiling water over the bulgur and cover until it is absorbed (15 to 30 minutes) drain any excess water. Add salt, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil and refrigerate. Take out of fridge and add final ingredients 30 minutes before you serve it and let stand. Enjoy your Tabouli Salad
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Best Tabouli Recipe? - you won't know till you try it

Fresh Fresh Fresh

Tabouli is such a versatile dish that you almost can't go wrong adding new and exciting ingredients to the traditional recipe. Let your imagination go wild.

Add or subtract and mix and match to make it your signature salad, your guests will thank you for your creativity. Try using avocado, extra garlic, lime instead of lemon, cranberries, tangerines, 3 different colored sweet peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, mushrooms, scallops, and on and on.

Just think about Tabouli with scallops and avocado drenched in a wonderful olive oil that has fresh black pepper dancing next to the tomatoes.. How can that be beat?

Chicken & Tabouli Salad - Dani Spies knows good eating

A Different Take - creating a hearty salsa - great on pita slices

Some of my favorites include tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and cilantro, I'm always open to finding new ways to include them into foods. Bulgar is the perfect base to start with and then I pile on the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and cilantro. Of course you will have to adjust and tweak this recipe to fit your taste.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: not long

Serves: about 4


  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 + cloves garlic chopped fine
  • black pepper to taste
  • 4 scallions finely chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 3/4 - 1+ cup fresh cilantro chopped


  1. Pour boiling water over the bulgur and cover until it is absorbed (15 to 30 minutes) drain any excess water. Add salt, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil and refrigerate. Take the tabouli out of fridge and add final ingredients 30 minutes before you serve it and let stand. Enjoy your Tabouli Salad

Recipes Tabouli - tabouli is a low calorie salad that has good nutrition

People are always looking for nutritional value in what they eat but some things that have a great nutritional profile may be high in calories. Tabouli is not one of those foods. Unless you pour sugar into the mix or serve the tabouli with a huge slice of beef there is no need to worry about either the calories or the fat content of tabouli salad. Most Recipes for Tabouli are low in fat, high in fiber and rich in antioxidants, so make some today and don't worry about the calories of tabouli.

Tabouli Nutritional Value

There are really only 3 ingredients that make up a substantial part of the tabouli nutritional value. Since everyone makes their tabouli different I thought I'd just focus on the 3 things just about everyone puts into their rendition of tabouli.


  • Serving Cooked - 1 cup 151 calories | 0.4 grams fat

  • Dietary Fiber 8.2 grams 33% Daily Value

  • Vitamins Iron 10% | Calcium 2% Daily Value
Olive Oil

  • 1 tsp - 40 Calories | Fat 40 Calories

  • 24 tsp in 1/2 cup


  • 1 cup 31 calories

  • Dietary Fiber 1.6 grams 7% Daily Value

  • Vitamins A - 19% | C - 65% | Iron - 4% Daily Value

Of course the Tabouli Nutritional Value will be different if you add things like garbanzo beans, avocado or goat cheese, but most additions are herbs and veggies and won't dramatically change the nutritional profile. Tabouli has lots of fiber and antioxidants that make it a very healthy dish. We all know that we would eat it even if the Nutritional value of Tabouli had little value because it is so delicious.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A versatile dish! Found this lens by way of Lensroll.

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Yum Yum Give me some. Great lens it made me hungry.

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      ggruden2 5 years ago

      Mmmmm great lense:)!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Salads are always great.

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      dannydeu 6 years ago

      Thank you for your hard work in making this lens. This is the first time I've heard of Tabouli. It looks good.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Never heard about tabouli before. It sounds yummy!

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      Zen Automat 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Tipi, glad you found this lens inviting. Your comment makes me smile. so glad you stopped by.

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      Zen Automat 6 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Tabouli as a Thanksgiving dish sounds great. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      I love tabouli - I'm going to make some this week. Maybe for Thanksgiving.

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      christopherwell 6 years ago

      Sounds great - thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never read a more inviting review of a food item....totally inviting, I hear the garlic and mint talking back and forth as they cruised around the bulgar wheat riding the river of olive oil. My sister loves Tabouli and says that she actually feels better immediately after eating it. She had a Lebanese friend that introduced her to it years ago but it wasn't love at first bite but it became a favorite.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wau. Great lens about Tabouli. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never heard of this dish before but I think I am going to have to try it. Looks great.

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      GrinningFool 6 years ago

      Oh yeah, Yay for Tabouli. Sounds so good at the moment. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Tabouli wants to make me grow acres of parsley! So many nutritional and health benefits. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great recipes, love Tabouli salads, thanks for sharing it!

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      Mmmm, some great-sounding tabouli recipes! I'd love to try the chicken and tabouli salad.

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      Krafick 7 years ago

      I like tabouli. You have presented it in great style.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Oh Yummy! got to make some...

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      JenniferAkers LM 7 years ago

      I love tabouli and make it every so often. Great recipes here - thank you!

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      seegreen 7 years ago

      I LOVE tabouli. Absolutely love the stuff! Yum!

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      Mikayla 7 years ago

      Love it and make it a lot! Sometimes I substitute couscous instead of bulgur.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Oh, thank you! I recently bought all the ingredients to make tabouli, but wasn't crazy about the recipe I found on the box of couscous. This sounds much better with bulgur, and our mint is perking up after the recent rains. I'm going to make a batch this weekend.

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Enjoyed your site. I'm off to make some quinoa tabouli for my lunch! Thanks

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Oh by now ya gotta know my mouth is watering! Have a link to here added on my Falafel Sandwich page...have you ever had one? Yum with lots of tabouli. My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @clouda9 lm: I love Falafel sandwiches :) thanks for stopping by...

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      Quirina 7 years ago

      Divine! You make me want to run and buy the ingredients...

      ... and thank you for liking my lens!

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      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      Mmmm . . .

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      Oh, I love tabouli! I love the taste and it's so refreshing.

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      aidenw 7 years ago from USA

      I love tabouli. It's healthy and tastes great.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I never ate tabouli but now want to really taste it. Yummy and delicious.

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @hlkljgk: Once you make your own you'll be hooked....

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i like tabouli but never made my own - time to change that

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @indigoj: I'm making it today ....:)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      You've made my mouth water now! Tabouli is delicious.

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      Steve and Annette 7 years ago

      Great lens - we love Tabouli, especially in the winter when it feels like you need something fresh and raw to eat.

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @Beas: Glad you'll be trying it, go easy on the parsley as it can overwhelm everything else with its strong flavor. I never use it, but most recipes call for it.

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      Beas 7 years ago

      Tabouli is completely new to me. I will try this soon. Thanks for sharing!

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      SmBizGuru LM 7 years ago

      Yummm - someone told me that Tabouli can be made with Quinoa instead of bulgar wheat. This would be an alternative for someone that has an intolerance to wheat.

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: thanks for the angel blessing.. :) sorry you missed the lens when you were making tabouli...

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      Where was this lens when I was making tabouli last week? Bookmarking, favoring and Blessing today.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have been here before. But I am glad to come back. This would be a great summer dish.

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      RolandTumble 9 years ago

      Yum! 5*, and lensrolled to my foodie lenses.

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      Mark Falco 9 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Tabouli is delicious. I'll to try some of these recipes.

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      mdvaldosta lm 9 years ago

      Never heard of tabouli before, but it looks fabulous. I forsee an exciting meal coming next week!

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      Dorbledog 9 years ago

      Some good recipes here. I just started using bulgur a couple of years ago, and I need some good recipes. 5*

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      ssuthep 9 years ago

      The chicken and Tabouli salad looks yummy. Going to give some of the recipes listed here a try. Thanks for sharing. 5*

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Nicely done lens. I had never heard of tabouli. Very interesting.

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      Sandy Mertens 9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for your comment and the Squid blessing on my lens. I was in the process of fixing tags, titles, etc. I hadn't been able to get the traffic even though I entered it into the SquidActivists October Challenge for Animals Contest. I never tried Tabouli. Great lens and the recipe looks good too!

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      beuwolf-agathe 9 years ago

      great recipes but ,tell me please, can we change the olive oil with other oil?

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      Music-Resource 9 years ago

      Hi Joseph: Wow, that's a lot of great Tabouli recipes. Greens, tomatoes, and garlic were just made for each other. They make a perfect starting point for a wide variety of dishes. I like to add as many dimensions to dishes as I can think of. Basil and black pepper also go nicely with tomatoes. Great lens. ~Music Resource~

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      juliasofia44 9 years ago

      Great and different recipe lens. I never heard recipe lens. Thanks for giving great idea.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      O,o,o! I love Tabouli!

      I had not idea there were so many ways to make it. This lens got saved in my Fav's folder!

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      BradChamp 9 years ago

      5 Stars for your lens : Fat loss 4 Idiots

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      aidenw 9 years ago from USA

      Tabouli, oh yes! I love it! It's one of things that are healthy and taste good. Great lens, 5 stars.

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      youhavegottobekidding 9 years ago

      Thank you very much for sharing your recipe. I can't wait for trying it this week end. and thanks again for all those tips and helpful links.

      5 stars for you Great Lens.

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      alicesy 9 years ago

      Excellent Lens. I like the quality insight you have provided here about Tabouli. Keep up the good work.

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      grassosalvato86 9 years ago

      What a lovely lens!!! I just love food and your Tabouli recipe sounds so yummy!! keep up the great work! 5 stars

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      sudever 9 years ago

      Welcome to the 'Global Group - Everything from Anywhere' Group

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      5 stars for your mouth watering lens!

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      Angelina 9 years ago from California

      really nice lens, Tabouli is a great healthy dish that keeps and stores very well. I try to make it every month. Thanks for the recipe and cool links.*****

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      Glenna Jones 9 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Tabouli has become one of my summertime side-dish standbys. Both tasty and healthy. What's not to like?

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      I've added this lens to my "Great recipe lenses" module at Incredibly Good Recipes.

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      Clairwil LM 10 years ago

      Fabulous recipes! This lens is making me hungry. Really nice job. *****

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      beeobrien lm 10 years ago

      Great site. I love tabouli, the more garlic the better.

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      SpicySun 10 years ago

      Great lens! Thank you for all your hard work. Now, take a break and get something to eat at Spicy Sun's Dips and Rubs! Hope to see you there! ~SPICY~

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      LeslieBrenner 10 years ago

      Yum! Tabouli and avocado sounds great.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      "Great Tabouli starts with Olive Oil..." Doesn't all good food start with olive oil? I think so. Check out my Easy Mediterranean Diet Recipes lens for more great cooking with olive oil.

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      thomasz 10 years ago

      Wow really great lens. Come visit my lenses.

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      Piksychick 10 years ago

      Tabouli always tastes so refreshing! Love it.

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      Caravansarai 10 years ago

      Mmmm...mmmm....GOOD! Now all you need is a lens on hummous. ;)

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      Aika 10 years ago

      oh lala! that's very delicious and healthy.. 5 stars

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      flowski lm 10 years ago

      Delicious Tabouli Recipe, thanks!

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      EvieJewelry 10 years ago

      Sounds goof, I'll have to try it

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      BarryKrost 10 years ago

      Yum. Tabouli. Good.

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      bdkz 10 years ago

      5 Stars! One of my favorite foods!

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      tdove 10 years ago

      I love cooking with olive oil and the Tabouli sounds really good. Can't wait to try it.

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      Great lens. I'm lensrolling it to my totally terrific tomato recipes page!

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      Crystal Booth 10 years ago from Wellston, Ok

      I'm not a fan of tabouli, but this is a great lens. Welcome to the Squidoo Ratings Swap ~ Crystal