Tabouli / Tabbouleh

by Liz Madsen
A large white bowl with bulgur, tomatoes, cucumber, and parsley mixed together next to a black napkin with a white leaf design.

This super fresh herb and bulgur Mediterranean salad is the perfect snack, side, or even meal when paired with hummus and pita bread! It can be made gluten-free by swapping the bulgur grain for a gluten-free option like quinoa.


1 cup dry coarse bulgur (fine bulgur does not need to be cooked, only soaked)
1 ½ cup + ½ cup water, divided
1 large seedless/English cucumbers, finely diced (or peeled and seeded regular cucumbers)
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered (others work, but these are more flavorful)
4 – 6 green onions, chopped
2 – 3 cups parsley leaves, chopped (to taste)
⅓ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped (omit if you don’t like mint)
The juice of 3-4 limes or 2-3 lemons
1 teaspoon sea salt, to taste

  1. Add the bulgur and 1 ½ cups water to a pot. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Let cook for a few minutes, until most of the water is absorbed. Add a half cup more, cover and remove from heat. Let sit covered for 10 minutes, then let it cool mostly before mixing with your vegetables.
  2. While you wait, chop all the veggies, and squeeze the citrus over them. Chop the herbs, add the salt, and mix everything together. Add in the bulgur and mix again.
  3. Serve room temperature or chilled. Love this as a pita or wrap filling!
  4. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

  1. Makes: ~6 cups. Can be gluten free with one swap—try quinoa. Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 20 minutes.
  2. Find more of Liz’s recipes at Zardyplants. This particular recipe is reprinted with permission from their e-book, Plant Based Jewish Recipes by Liz and Paul Madsen. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.