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How to make Tabbouleh

Of course, the main ingredient of Tabbouleh is bulgur wheat. It's a good source of fibre which can help maintain a healthy digestive system.

A great alternative to rice and is used to make tabbouleh which is a lovely side dish for many dishes.

Tabbouleh without mint

The even better news is it is tabbouleh is really easy to make. Mint is usually a key ingredient in tabbouleh but I can't say I'm a fan (unless it's chocolate chip and mint ice cream) of course!

So, although I didn't put mint in my tabbouleh, of course, you can add as much or as little as you fancy, just use the leaves only, chop and stir in.

What is Tabbouleh?

Tabbouleh is a Levantine vegetarian salad made from bulgur wheat or sometimes couscous with onion, tomatoes, parsley and mint with olive oil and lemon juice. Variations use shredded lettuce and pomegranate seeds instead of tomato.

In the Middle East, particularly Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq, it is usually served as part of a meze.

Tabbouleh is so good for you too because bulgur wheat is a good source of fibre which can help maintain a healthy digestive system.

Tesco bulger wheat

A great alternative to rice and is used to make tabbouleh which is a lovely side dish for many things especially salmon.

So you see it's nice and healthy, just like Quinoa is, although I'm not usually a big fan of it I did once make Quinoa with Roasted Butternut which was delicious.

Ingredients for Tabbouleh include bulgur wheat, ripe tomatoes, spring and red onions, cucumber and parsley and also mint; which is more traditional.

Other ingredients used are cinnamon, allspice, black pepper and salt, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

Top Tips!

If you make this in advance don't add the parsley or mint until you're about to serve otherwise it will discolour and look horrid. 

The lemon juice really brings out the flavours so don't forget to add it!

Lemons on a lemon tree

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Yield: 4

Tabbouleh without Mint

Tabbouleh without Mint

Serves 2 greedy people like us, or 4 not so greedy.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: total time: 5 M


  • 100g Bulgar wheat
  • 2 medium firm but ripe tomatoes - diced into small cubes
  • 2 spring onions - thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion - diced into small cubes
  • 4 inches of cucumber - peeled and deseeded then diced into small cubes
  • a good handful flat-leaf parsley - leaves only, washed and dried
  • a pinch ground cinnamon
  • a slightly bigger pinch ground allspice
  • a pinch ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • juice of half a lemon, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


How to cook Tabbouleh without Mint

  1. Put the bulgur wheat into a large bowl and add enough boiling water to just about cover it. Leave for about 10 minutes and then stir it with a fork to fluff up.
  2. Leave it for another 15 minutes, drain any excess water give it another fluff it up with a fork.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, spring onion, red onion, cucumber and the parsley. *If you don't plan to serve this immediately don't add the parsley until you are ready as it will turn black.
  4. Add the cinnamon, allspice and pepper, lemon juice and olive oil.
  5. Mix well and add salt to taste and serve immediately.
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