My easy TABULE salad uses healthy ingredients to make a restaurant quality dish packed with flavor! It's naturally vegan & can be made gluten-free. Use bulgur or couscous as a base for this Lebanese inspired salad showstopper.
This gorgeous tabule (sometimes called tabbouleh or tabuli) salad feels like a gourmet treat worth of a celebration! It's fresh & healthy, meaning you can eat tons and feel satisfied for hours.
Why I Love This Recipe
- So VERSATILE. You can eat it with falafel and some fresh pitta bread. It’s good warm or cold. You can serve it as a refreshing side or as a light main meal.
- EASY PEASY. No, seriously. You can't possibly mess this one up, that's how easy it is.
- Looks GORGEOUS. This tabouleh is vibrant, full of texture and looks irresistible.
- SO HEALTHY. Packed with good-for-you veggies, herbs & fiber-rich bulgur.
Last but not least, you can CUSTOMISE this tabule salad so easily.
I attached step-by-step visual instructions. The 3 main steps are outlined below and will be your guide.
Fresh mint - Use fresh, seasonal mint if you can. You can include mint stalks too.
Fresh parsley & cilantro (coriander). You can use curly or flat leaf parsley.
Lemon - You'll just need the juice (no zest). Adds the perfect sour taste to the dressing.
Green onions - sometimes called scallions or spring onions (UK).
Cherry tomatoes - I used a mix of orange & red tomatoes to give this salad extra color. Larger tomatoes can be used too, but they'll be more watery.
Cucumber - Select a dense cucumber with minimal dents and avoid any soft bits.
Bulgur - Find it in large supermarkets near the pasta or the whole grain section. Also found in many health stores.
Not pictured, but included in the recipe are cupboard staples - olive oil, salt & vinegar.
Here are the 3 ULTRA SIMPLE steps to making this healthy & aromatic Lebanese inspired tabule salad.
Hint - This is just your visual overview. For all details & exact measurements scroll to the bottom!
1. - Firstly, wash and finely chop all your salad ingredients.
2. - Prepare the bulgur by soaking it in boiling hot water.
3. - Lastly, make the dressing and drizzle it on top.
Details on how to make tabouleh dressing are below.
Once that's finished, give it a good stir. Ta-daa! Your salad is ready.
Green tip - When you're chopping the herbs, don't discard their stalks. They're packed with flavour & don't need to be thrown away.
A good dressing is at the heart of every tabbouleh salad.
You want it to be packed with flavour, but not too overwhelming as to overpower the rest.
Here's how to make it:
- Start with oil. I used light olive oil, but if you prefer something heavier, choose extra virgin olive oil.
- Add lemon juice. If you don't have a citrus squeezer, feel free to use a fork. Simply press it into the halved lemon and twist it tightly to get all the juice out.
- Add vinegar. This is my secret ingredient. A lot of Lebanese dishes feature pickled vegetables, and what's better at recreating that juicy pickled flavour that a bit of vinegar?
- Finish off with salt. Either use the recommended amount as desired in the recipe card or adjust salt to taste.
- Tabule salad tends to taste even better when it stands for a day or so (in the fridge). The flavors will meld together, while the herbs and veggies will soften slightly.
- It also tastes better when tomatoes & cucumber are in season.
- Not a fan of bulgur? Throw in quinoa or couscous instead.
- Want an extra kick of flavour? Spice it up with fresh chillies or sprinkle chilli flakes on top.
- It's worth putting in an extra effort and chopping your ingredients very finely.
It's traditionally served cold.
I recommend popping it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before serving.
However, it's all up to personal preference. If you wish, you can easily serve it warm too.
You can pop it in an airtight container and store in the fridge for 4 days.
However, it's SO good you'll probably eat it way before that!
The key is in removing as much water as possible - meaning you'll need to deseed tomatoes and cucumber.
Once you've washed all the ingredients, make sure to dry them well and pat dry any excess water.
No, you should not leave it out at room temperature. Store it in the fridge.
It originates from the mountain regions of Lebanon and Syria.
There are just about 250 calories per serving.
If you're not familiar with this salad you might be wondering how to serve it.
In Middle Eastern restaurants tabule is most often served with lamb kebabs.
If you're vegetarian or vegan like me, you can try it with veggie or tofu kebabs - SO good!!
Here are some alternative ideas.
- With bread! Pitta is a classic option, but freshly baked herb bread or pretzels work brilliantly too.
- Pair it with a larger main like mac & cheese or orzo pasta.
- With sautéed green beans or mushrooms.
- Next to various roasted veg like broccoli, cauliflower, or even sweet potato.
- On its own!
To store - Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
The flavours will meld together & the salad will be even tastier!
To freeze - I don't recommend freezing this salad. It has a high water content which will make it soft, soggy & unpleasant when deforested.
Looking for more healthy & satisfying salads? Then look no further than these!
Now that we've covered all our main steps, it's time to get cooking!
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Tabule Salad - Easy And Healthy Ingredients
- Chopping board
- Measuring cups or scales
- 1⅔ cups (200 g) cucumber
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- 1,5 cups (60 g) parsley
- ¾ cup (20 g) cilantro coriander
- 1 cup (30 g) mint leaves
- ½ cup (70 g) bulgur or couscous
- 3 green onions
- 1 lemon juice only
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt or to taste
- 4 tablespoon vinegar I used apple cider vinegar
- Thinly chop all salad ingredients. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk all the dressing ingredients.
- Boil a kettle. Prepare bulgur by placing it in a bowl and covering it in boiling hot water. Let steep for 10 minutes.
- Taste after 10 minutes and add an extra splash of hot water if you prefer a softer texture. Once you're happy with the texture, set aside to let cool in the fridge.
- Transfer all salad ingredients to a large bowl. Add bulgur.
- Drizzle with the dressing and mix well.
- Optional step: place the salad in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to let cool.
- Remove from fridge and enjoy!
- Tip 1 - Tabule salad tends to taste even better when it stands for a day or so (in the fridge). The flavors will meld together, while the herbs and veggies will soften slightly.
- Tip 2 - It also tastes better when tomatoes & cucumber are in season.
- Tip 3 - Not a fan of bulgur? Throw in quinoa or couscous instead.
- Tip 4 - It's worth putting in an extra effort and chopping your ingredients very finely.
- Spicy! Want an extra kick of flavour? Spice it up with fresh chillies or sprinkle chilli flakes on top.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information above is calculated automatically. The author of this post cannot guarantee 100% accuracy of this data.