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Fresh and Healthy Mediterranean Salad Recipe Called Either Tabbouleh, Tabouli Including Bulgar Wheat

Updated on October 9, 2017

Tabouli or Tabbouleh Lebanese Parsley Mint Tomato Bulgar Salad

Tabouli or Tabbouleh is a delicious fresh tasting salad from Lebanon. I am half Lebanese and grew up with this wonderful salad made by my grandmother "Sithi" and my mother, "Midge". My mother is Irish, but she can cook anything well!

Now I prepare this dish for my family, but it is quite often that my girls like to join me in the kitchen to help. It actually has become a great bonding time for us. This dish requires lots of chopping of the veggies, but it is well worth it, and if you can recruit help, it becomes a fun memory.

Tabbouleh Salad is made with parsley and cracked wheat or Bulgar along with other ingredients such as Fresh tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, and onions.

Tabouli is a very healthy salad that you will want your family to enjoy. It is fresh tasting and full of antioxidants!

Great Holiday Salad

You can make this ahead and let flavors improve

The ingredients of Tabouli - Fresh Parsley Chopped

We like to cut the stems off and then chop the leaves. Yes it does take time, but it's worth it.

Fresh Chopped Tomatoes

Fresh Onion Chopped

We like to use sweet Onions chopped small. Sometimes instead we will use chopped green onions, which are a bit stronger in flavor.

Cucumbers chopped


It all about the Bulgar!

We usually use the fine Bulgar. I let it soak in water for about 20 minutes.

Fresh Lemons

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

Fresh Mint leaves

Directions for Lebanese Tabouli

This may be a bit different than other recipes, but it's delicious!

We always prepare enough for a large group, as we have a large family. But I will give amounts for about 6-8 people.

2 fresh bunches of Italian Parsley

4-6 Tomatoes

2 Cucumbers

1 large Sweet Onion, or 3-5 Green Onions

8 or more Mint leaves

1/2- 3/4 C Bulgar in 1 C hot water

2-3 Lemons juiced

1/4 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to taste)

Sea Salt and cracked Pepper. (to taste)

Prepare all veggies by washing and chopping the following:

Parsley, Tomatoes, Onions, & Cucumbers, and place in a large bowl. add chopped fresh mint leaves to this.

Place Bulgar wheat in hot water in a small bowl for about 20 minutes. It may double in size so allow for this.

Mix lemon juice with olive oil in a small bowl Then add desired amount of sea salt and freshly ground pepper to this, stir well.

Squeeze excess water out of Bulgar and add to bowl of veggies.

Pour dressing over all and mix well. taste to see if you like more lemon juice or salt and pepper to your taste.

Serve at once or if possible, let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 2 hours and stir and serve.

Serve with pita bread or lettuce leaves, or with your meal.

Enjoy! It 's also great the second day too!

Do you enjoy cooking with your kids?

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Hello again. I came back to let you know this is the Recipe of the Day on my contributor FB page titled Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods at and I'm sharing it around the net as my #MeatlessMonday choice. We're having it for dinner tonight, and I can't wait to taste it!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I do indeed, and my grandkids expect to cook or bake with me whenever they come over. This is the first tabouli recipe I've seen in a long time that made my mouth water. I'm adding the ingredients I don't already have on hand to my shopping list today so I can make it this weekend. Thank you so much!

      You can expect to see this as a Recipe of the Day sometime in the next few days on my contributor FB page titled Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods. Thanks again for a terrific recipe!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Nicely done! Shared on our G+ page today as well.

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      Coffeebreak9am 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Hi Thank you for the comment...since the "kids" grow up...I agree with is fun to cook with friends also. Thanks enjoy cooking.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      No kids here - but I enjoy cooking with myself and friends! :)

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      healthywebsites1 6 years ago

      what a wonderfully attractive, delicious, healthy, easy to make and universally loved recipe. we're going to make this one often. thanks for sharing it.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      I have no kids... but I enjoy cooking, and I think I´ll try your suggestions soon!!!