Honestly, I am getting hungry just thinking about this Tabbouleh salad again!

Plate and bowl of Tabbouleh made with bulgur, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, mint, and scallions

Tabbouleh is the Arabian dish that I like to make the most because it is so easy to prepare and tastes delicious. This salad is traditionally made of tomatoes, cucumber, scallions, chopped parsley, mint, and bulgur. Now, bulgur is a whole wheat grain that is partially pre-cooked, it is low in fat and high in fiber, but as a whole grain, it contains gluten.

close up of a plate of Tabbouleh

Sometimes some friends tell me that they would like to make Tabbouleh, but they don’t prepare it because the bulgur can be very hard to find at the supermarkets. I normally don’t think it is that hard because I live in a big city where things are easily found. So if you have problems finding it, you can easily substitute bulgur for quinoa, couscous, or even brown rice. Another easy version of this recipe is this Cauliflower “Rice” Tabbouleh Salad Recipe.

bulgur in a bowl

bowl of tabbouleh with bulgur, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mint, and parsley

Spoonful of tabbouleh

Depends on the type of bulgur wheat you have, there are many different ways to prepare it. I suggest you check the package for cooking instructions. Some types of bulgur you just need to soak by adding boiling water, stirring, covering, and letting sit for few minutes. Others, you actually have to do a quick-cooking which means bring water to a boil, add bulgur, boil for 2-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, cover, and let stand for few minutes as well. The brand that I always use only requires soaking the bulgur for five minutes. For seasoning, I just use olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. That’s it. Easy as can be. That is one advantage of making Tabbouleh for dinner. Fast, easy, and delicious.

Now, I would like to hear from you. What is your favorite recipe to make when you don’t have much time? Are you looking for more salad recipes? Try my Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Salad and Carrot Quinoa Salad. These are some of my favourite lunches or dinners, it’s so light and refreshing while being filling. Another light and refreshing recipe I’ve been loving lately is this Pineapple Mango Mint Smoothie.



Honestly, I am getting hungry just thinking about this Tabbouleh salad again!
5 from 2 votes


  • 1 cup pre-soaked bulgur
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes - seeded and halved
  • 1 cucumber - peeled, seedless and fine dice
  • ¾ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ tsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 finely minced scallions
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Salt


  • How to prepare pre-soak Bulgur.
  • Place ½ cup Bulgur in a heatproof bowl. Pour 1-cup boiling water and let stand for about 1 hour. After one hour you will have 1 cup pre-soaked bulgur.

For the Salad

  • Combining in a salad bowl presoaked bulgur with the remaining ingredients, including olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
  • Then toss well and adjust the seasoning if you think it is necessary.
Serving: 1/4, Calories: 139kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 157mg, Potassium: 403mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g

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