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Simple Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


This is a recipe for Simple Tabbouleh salad with lemon, red onion, parsley, mint and tomatoes. A perfect healthy summer side dish that requires just 15 minutes of prep work!


  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • 1 cup fine bulgur wheat
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 3 cups chopped curly parsley
  • ½ cup minced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons to ¼ cup finely chopped fresh mint, to taste


  1. Pour water over bulgur in a large bowl and let sit for 1 hour. Drain well into a fine mesh sieve and press out any excess water.
  2. Whisk oil, lemon and salt in the bowl. Add the bulgur back to the bowl and coat with the dressing. Stir in tomatoes, parsley, onion and mint. Serve immediately or chill.


For Medium or Coarse Bulgur

If you cannot find fine bulgur, you can use medium or coarse bulgur instead but you will need to cook it. Add two cups water and one cup bulgur to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes over low heat. Turn off heat and let sit for at least 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Let cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally before mixing into the other tabbouleh ingredients.

Make Ahead Tips

  • You can prep this tabbouleh salad up to 8 hours in advance.
  • If you want to prepare it further ahead of time, soak and drain the bulgur and combine with the dressing. Store that separately from the chopped parsley up to two days ahead.
  • Before serving, bring the bulgur to room temperature. Combine the parsley, bulgar, tomatoes, mint and onion. Adjust seasonings as necessary as the bulgur may need a bit more salt.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 308 mg
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Keywords: tabbouleh

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