Tabbouleh: A refreshing salad made with finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur wheat, tomatoes, and onions, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.

Tabbouleh is a refreshing and healthy salad that’s a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s known for its fresh herbs and light dressing. Here’s how to make it:


  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat
  • 3 cups fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small cucumber, diced (optional)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the Bulgur:
    • Rinse the bulgur in cold water and drain.
    • Place the bulgur in a bowl and add enough boiling water to cover it by about 1/2 inch.
    • Cover the bowl with a lid or plate and let it sit for about 30 minutes until the bulgur is tender and has absorbed the water.
    • Drain any excess water and let it cool.
  2. Chop the Herbs and Vegetables:
    • Finely chop the parsley and mint. The key to a good tabbouleh is finely chopping the herbs.
    • Dice the tomatoes and cucumber, if using, and thinly slice the green onions.
  3. Mix the Salad:
    • In a large bowl, combine the cooled bulgur, chopped herbs, tomatoes, cucumber, and green onions.
  4. Dress the Salad:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  5. Chill and Serve:
    • For the best flavor, let the tabbouleh chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together.
    • Serve as a side dish or as part of a mezze spread.


  • Parsley: Use flat-leaf (Italian) parsley for the best flavor.
  • Bulgur: Make sure to use fine bulgur wheat. If you prefer a gluten-free option, you can substitute it with quinoa.
  • Lemon Juice: Adjust the amount according to your taste. Some prefer it more or less tangy.
  • Seasoning: Tabbouleh usually has a noticeable lemon and olive oil flavor, but you can adjust the seasoning to your preference.

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