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Delicious and Healthy Tabbouleh Recipe

If you're looking for a fresh, vibrant dish that combines health benefits with incredible flavor, look no further than tabbouleh. This traditional Middle Eastern salad is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Here's a healthy tabbouleh recipe that you can easily make at home.

Health Benefits of Tabbouleh

  • Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: The fresh parsley and mint in tabbouleh are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate and iron.

  • High in Fiber: Bulgur wheat is a whole grain, providing a good amount of dietary fiber, which helps in digestion and keeps you feeling full longer.

  • Low in Calories: Tabbouleh is a low-calorie dish, making it a great option for those looking to maintain or lose weight.

  • Antioxidant-Rich: Tomatoes and cucumbers add a burst of antioxidants to the salad, which help protect your cells from damage.


  • 1 cup bulgur wheat (or quinoa for a gluten-free option)

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water

  • 1 large bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • 1/2 bunch of fresh mint, finely chopped

  • 4 medium tomatoes, finely diced

  • 1 large cucumber, finely diced

  • 1 small red onion, finely diced

  • 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the Bulgur Wheat:

  • Place the bulgur wheat in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over it, cover the bowl, and let it sit for about 15 minutes, or until the bulgur is tender and has absorbed the water.

  • If using quinoa, cook it according to package instructions.

  1. Chop the Vegetables and Herbs:

  • While the bulgur is soaking, finely chop the parsley and mint. Dice the tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion.

  1. Combine Ingredients:

  • Fluff the bulgur with a fork to separate the grains. Add the chopped parsley, mint, tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion to the bowl.

  1. Dress the Salad:

  • Drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice over the salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  1. Mix and Serve:

  • Toss the salad well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.

  • Let the tabbouleh sit for about 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.

Chef Tips:

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: The key to a great tabbouleh is using the freshest herbs and vegetables you can find.

  • Adjust to Taste: Feel free to adjust the amount of lemon juice and olive oil to suit your taste. Some people prefer a tangier tabbouleh, while others like it more on the mild side.

  • Make Ahead: Tabbouleh can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. In fact, it often tastes better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld.

Tabbouleh is a wonderfully fresh and nutritious salad that's perfect as a side dish or a light meal on its own. With its combination of bulgur, fresh herbs, and vibrant vegetables, it's a delightful way to enjoy healthy eating. Give this recipe a try, and enjoy the myriad of flavors and health benefits that tabbouleh has to offer!

Enjoy delicously,

Mark Whitton


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