This Everyday Tabouli recipe is so easy that you can happily enjoy this bulger, tomato, cucumber, onion, and herb salad every day!
Tabouli, or tabbouleh, is a bold, zesty Middle Eastern grain salad with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and herbs, that is dressed with a lemony olive oil dressing. It is a side that you will how easy it is make, and how
Tabouli is a great side that I could eat every day. I love the textures from the bulgar wheat and chopped vegetables. The flavors are bold from the fresh herbs and lemony dressing.
I find that tabouli is so versatile that I enjoy it along so many different mains like grilled chicken, steak, and shrimp. It is a simple side that goes so well because of it’s fold, refreshing flavors.
Easy Everyday Tabouli
I got hooked on Tabouli from a great restaurant when I lived in Boston. I would get some on my way home so that I could enjoy it along with some of their awesome falafel too. It made for such a great dinner and I loved leftovers the next day too.
Now that I am in Florida, I can’t get it was easily, so I have been making at home. Thankfully, it is easy to make and ready to go in under 30 minutes!
We always have a well stocked fridge to make salads so I always have tomato, cucumbers, and onion on hand. Whenever I grab some parsley to enjoy in a recipe, I tend to also make a batch of this Everyday Tabouli as well. It’s a great way to use up parsley that often gets forgot in the back of the crisper drawer.
Bulgar is a great pantry staple that you should have on hand to make recipes like this Tabouli and to incorporate it into salads and grain bowls.
You can either prepare bulgur by giving it a quick boil and then letting it sit or by letting it steep in boiling water. Always verify the suggested preparation with the instructions on the packaging.
While the bulgur is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients. You’ll need to finely chop the cucumber, tomato, onion, and parsley. Keep everything consistent in size makes for a
Once the bulgur is tender and ready, add in the parsley, onion, tomatoes, and cucumber. Toss together really well.
Lastly, you will need to dress it with the Extra Virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. At this point, taste it and adjust to your preferences. I like a lot of lemon so I tend to do extra lemon.
Once you try this Everyday Tabouli and realize just how easy it is you make you will be making it all the time! It is easy to fall in love with this healthy, light, bold salad.
Tips for great Tabouli
- Finely chop the cucumber, tomato, red onion, and herbs really well. Keep them small and a consistent size
- If you can’t use an English/Hot House cucumber, use a regular Garden one but peel it and remove the seeds prior to chopping
- Use a really good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Let sit 30 minutes prior to serving to let the flavors meld. It’s even better the next day.
What is Bulgur?
Bulgur is cracked whole-grain kernels of wheat that get parboiled and dried before packaging. Most types of bulgur cook in less than 15-20 minutes (always verify cooking institutions on the packaging!) Because it is to easy and fast to prepare it is one of the most versatile of the whole grains.
How long can you store Tabouli?
I suggest storing Tabouli in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. If you dress it too much it will get soggy and shorten the shelf life of the tabouli.
Can I add chickpeas?
Adding in chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) is a great way to add more protein to the dish while keeping it vegetarian/vegan.
Tabouli is great on it’s own or great side of dishes like falafel, chicken, steak, or grilled shrimp. Adding it to a salad with some hummus and pita is another great way to create a healthy dish.
- 2 Cups bulgur
- 1 medium red onion, minced
- 3 tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
- 1 large English cucumber, diced
- 1 large bunch fresh parsley leaves, minced
- 1/4 Cup fresh mint leaves, optional
- 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin olive oil
- juice of 2 lemons, or to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare the bulgur according to the instructions on the packaging.
- Once the bulgur is ready, add in cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, and herbs. Mix well.
- Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Adjust to taste.
For efficiency, I suggest chopping all of the vegetables and herbs while the bulgur is resting so you can prepare it it all in under 30 minutes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g