Tabouli Salad: A Lebanese Tabbouleh Recipe

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SaveThis Lebanese tabbouleh salad recipe (also called tabouli or tabooli) is a fresh herb salad with a simple lemon vinaigrette. Get this salad right by using just a little bulgur wheat; the main ingredient here is fresh herbs!

Tabbouleh salad in a dish
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This traditional Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad recipe is both healthy and packed with flavor. My authentic Lebanese recipe includes lots of parsley, mint, tomatoes, and fine bulgur wheat. Tabbouleh is an all-time favorite Lebanese salad because of its very fresh flavor and because it is so light and easy, it goes with all kinds of other foods. The vinaigrette is so delicious that we fight over who gets to dip their pita bread into the juices at the bottom of the salad bowl!

(Read my story about tabbouleh-love here!)

What is Tabbouleh Salad?

If you’re asking yourself what cuisine is tabbouleh salad from: it’s Lebanese! Lebanese tabbouleh is essentially a chopped salad. Authentic tabbouleh is made with lots of fresh parsley leaves, diced tomato, thin slices of scallion, fresh mint leaves, and a bit of soaked fine bulgur. The truth of tabbouleh is this: it’s a labor-of-love salad. A salad whose basis is fresh herbs could be nothing but, when you consider how those herbs need special treatment. The washing! The drying! The picking from stems! The chopping…. And then the other ingredients that require a fine chop: the tomatoes and the onions.

The other truth of tabbouleh? It’s SO worth the labor! We may make tabbouleh in small batches for smaller gatherings here because of all of that effort, but when we do, we go all in knowing that this very favorite, very delicious Lebanese salad is going to be so very good.

Parsley drying in a towel for tabbouleh salad

Tabouli Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make tabbouleh:

Parsley.

There are arguments galore about whether tabbouleh should use flat-leaf (Italian) parsley or curly parsley. I’ve used both and both are wonderful. If you do use curly parsley, just be sure to pluck the curly leaves from the not-so-tender stems very well—and chop it like there’s no tomorrow! Finely chop the bunches of parsley, so the texture is fine. If you use flat leaf, just know that there is very little loft (hence: flat) so use more flat leaf parsley than curly parsley.

Mint, fresh and dried.

Lebanese “nana” is fresh mint, the flavor maker of almost every Lebanese salad! This is typically spearmint, which is also the mint you will find in grocery stores. Tabbouleh is primarily a parsley salad, so the mint is a supporting ingredient here but adds tons of the fresh Lebanese flavor we love. Add dried mint to the vinaigrette for an even more traditional Lebanese flavor.

Tomatoes.

Use large tomatoes so you can easily remove the seeds and finely dice the beautiful flesh.

Green onions, scallions.

Easy fresh onion flavor here, not as strong as sweet or yellow onion, the perfect compliment in tabbouleh. The entire stalk of the onion is used, both the white and green parts.

Fine Bulgur.

Also known as #1 (#2 is coarser, #3 more so, and #4 even coarser). Fine bulgur (or bulgar) granules are tiny and will soften in liquid (here, the salad dressing) without the need to be cooked.

Lemon Juice and quality extra virgin olive oil.

These are for the dressing. Use fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil for the best treatment of all of those finely chopped labor-of-love ingredients. The olive oil lemon juice vinaigrette is fabulous on tabbouleh and many Lebanese salads.

Ingredients for tabbouleh in a bowl

How to Make Tabbouleh

Step 1: Prep the herbs. Prepare the parsley and mint well in advance, the day before serving the tabbouleh if possible, by thoroughly washing and drying it. See this.

Step 2: Soak the bulgur. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and dried mint. Add the bulgur and set aside to soften for 15 minutes while you make the salad. Soaking the bulgur will help to soften it.

Step 3: Chop the ingredients. Every ingredient in tabbouleh is finely chopped. The original chopped salad! Use a big sharp knife to chop the parsley, mint, tomatoes, and scallions.

Step 4: Assemble. Combine vegetables, herbs, softened bulgur, and vinaigrette in a medium bowl or serving bowl. Stir, taste, and adjust seasoning.

How to Serve Tabbouleh

Lebanese tabbouleh salad is traditionally eaten with romaine lettuce leaves as little scoops. Serve tabbouleh on a platter in lettuce cups, either Little Gem romaine or the smaller butter lettuce leaves. This way tabbouleh can become finger food!! Little tacos! Perfect at a cookout or picnic. Or you can serve tabbouleh from a salad bowl. Tabbouleh is delicious on its own, eaten with thin pita bread so you can dip the bread in the juices on your plate or the salad bowl. It is the ultimate cookout salad because it pairs so perfectly with any grilled meat, fish, or vegetable whatsoever. Tabbouleh with hummus is one of the world’s all-time greatest food pairings (albeit a sleeper!). Check out my Tabbouleh Hummus Platter.

Tabbouleh Hummus Platter with blue and white platter

Tabbouleh Salad Recipe Tips

It is tempting to go for a faster way to chop all of the parsley and mint. I know great Lebanese cooks who make tabbouleh using a blender or food processor to chop the herbs. They simply pour off any liquid or consider that liquid a delicious part of the vinaigrette. Tabbouleh made this way is softer in texture. I always chop by hand which is a labor of love (yet less than 30 minutes) but this is to say, you’re not alone if you go the other route!

Play with your tabbouleh! I love to add cucumber for added freshness and crunch. The smaller, thin Persian cukes are great for tabbouleh, but English cucumbers work fine too. Be sure your cucumbers are firm.

bulgur soaking in a small clear bowl for tabbouleh

How to Store Tabouli Salad

You can keep tabbouleh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. It’s important to try and drain some of the juice out before refrigerating leftover tabouli. The flavors will continue to meld and taste great.

Make-Ahead Instructions

You can easily make this tabbouleh recipe ahead of time by storing each element separately.

Make the vinaigrette and keep it in an airtight container. Rinse the bulgur and cover it with cold water in a bowl. Soak for 15 minutes, drain, and squeeze out any excess water. Keep the bulgur in an airtight container as well. Put all the chopped vegetables and herbs in individual airtight containers or ziploc bags.

When you’re ready to serve, put all the salad components into a serving bowl and toss to combine.

Tabbouleh Salad FAQ

What is the difference between Tabouli and Tabbouleh?

Both words, tabouli and tabbouleh, refer to the same dish, the Lebanese salad. The only difference is simply spelling. Arabic words like these don’t always hold to a hard and fast rule in the way they are spelled in English!

What is Lebanese tabbouleh made of?

Tabbouleh salad is made of curly parsley or flat-leaf parsley, fresh mint leaves, tomatoes, onion, and bulgur wheat.

Does Tabouli contain cucumber?

Traditional tabbouleh does not always contain cucumber but including cucumber in a tabouli salad is delicious! Be sure to dice the cucumber as small as the tomato.

What to serve with Tabouli Salad?

Serve tabouli with any and all grilled foods, such a fresh flavor to add to the plate. Tabbouleh is wonderful with Grilled Chicken Shawarma, Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken Skewers, Lebanese Grilled Kafta, Simple 7 Spice Chicken.

Is Tabbouleh made from wheat?

While tabbouleh does include fine bulgur wheat, the salad is not a wheat salad. Tabouli is a fresh herb salad of parsley and mint! Read more about what is bulgur! Some grocery stores carry fine bulgur. Most Middle Eastern markets will have bulgur. Check out my fine bulgur here in my shop. Note too that you may see fine bulgur called cracked wheat. The two are a little different: bulgur is a par-cooked wheat granule and cracked wheat is not. Fine bulgur does not need to be cooked; it is simply softened in liquid.

Why is tabbouleh healthy?

This Middle Eastern salad is a healthy part of the Mediterranean diet because it includes fresh herbs and vegetables with a very light and healthy vinaigrette.

Can you freeze tabbouleh?

Due to the high water content in the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs, this salad cannot be frozen.

Other Tabbouleh Salad Recipes

Avocado Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh, for a gluten free version of tabouli

Tabbouleh Hummus Platter

Tabbouleh salad in a dish with yellow trim
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Tabouli Salad: A Lebanese Tabbouleh Recipe

Tabbouleh is delicious on its own, eaten with thin pita bread so you can dip the bread in the juices on your plate or the salad bowl…. It is a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, especially shish kebab, lamb chops or steaks.
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup fine bulgur
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried mint
  • 3 bunches fresh curly parsley, washed, dried, and finely chopped (2 cups)
  • 20 fresh mint leaves, washed, dried, and finely chopped (¼ cup)
  • 1 large tomato, seeded
  • 5 scallions, white and green parts
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Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and dried mint. Add the bulgur and set aside to soften for 15 minutes while you make the salad.
  • Use a big sharp knife to dice the tomatoes into ¼" pieces, and finely slice the scallions.
  • Combine the parsley, mint, tomato, scallions, and soaked bulgur with vinaigrette liquid in a serving bowl. Toss to combine. Taste and add more seasoning, if needed. Serve immediately or chill, then serve.

Notes

Storing: You can keep tabbouleh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. It’s important to try and drain some of the juice out before refrigerating leftover tabouli. The flavors will continue to meld and taste great.
Make ahead: Make the vinaigrette and keep it in an airtight container. Rinse the bulgur and cover it with cold water in a bowl. Soak for 15 minutes, drain, and squeeze out any excess water. Keep the bulgur in an airtight container as well. Put all the chopped vegetables and herbs in individual airtight containers or ziploc bags. When you’re ready to serve, put all the salad components into a serving bowl and toss to combine.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2052IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Lebanese
Servings: 6
Calories: 129
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77 Comments

  1. Susan says:

    5 stars
    Thank you, Maureen for this and your Tomato, cucumber salad recipe. You have made one doctoral student who is studying in Australia very happy. He has yearned for these salads, made like they are made back in Michigan. I’m visiting him and have made both salads several times now.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      That is wonderful and must be such a comforting treat to him! Thank you!

  2. Linda says:

    5 stars
    My family loves tabbouleh but I have never made it. Cannot wait to drive into a pile of parsley and surprise everyone with a homemade batch!

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      They will love it Linda!! Delicious! Great you’re making this for the first time (there will be many more, I’m sure!).

  3. Amelie says:

    Dear Maureen, do you cut the stems of the parsley too? Or mainly just the leafs? Thanks

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Hi Amelie! Just the leaves. Parsley stems are too tough and bitter to toss into the mix, unlike cilantro stems which are soft enough to include.

  4. Gareth Oakes says:

    Silly question. Do you cook the bulgar wheat first?

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Not silly AT ALL! Fine bulgur does not need to be cooked first. It softens in and absorbs flavor from the vinaigrette, or if you prefer, in as much water to cover it.

  5. Mary Ann says:

    Feels like Mama’s Tabbouleh!!!!
    My Aunt always called me to come chop the vegetables. She said I was patient and got all the ingredients
    nice and small.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Ohhh those little boosts of confidence they gave us! What a dear aunt you had, and mama too.

  6. Kristin says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for these extra helpful hints , esp in using the tomatoes. As easy as Tabouli is supposed to be , I find my attempts are very hit or miss . Your explanations make it more clear to me.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Right? It can be a little head-scratcher sometimes. Thank you for your comment!!

  7. Chris says:

    Just delicious!

  8. Gilda says:

    Where’s the detailed nutritional value for this Tabouleh recipe? Thank you

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Take a look now Gilda, thank you!

  9. Tommy Bandagski says:

    Great for a low carb diet and very tasty. Never gets boring. Quick and inexpensive

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Great description Tommy!!

  10. William Waked says:

    Dear Maureen, Your recipes are amazingly authentic and so easy to follow with clear instructions and beautiful color images to guide the novice, and pro alike! The tabouli recipe you wrote is right on. Getting it right is being sure to never cut corners regarding the quality of ingredients used, removal of stems, and the size of the chop so to speak. As an asside, growing up, I was the tabouli maker in my Lebanese-Italian home, and indeed, it was a labor of love given the work involved. I have your book much to the delight of my Italian wife (from Rome) who loves to cook and has learned so much from you and your recipes! She can cook a very fine Lebanese dinner, and some desserts too. Thank you much for your outstanding contribution to the art and practice of Lebanese cuisine. Best wishes, Bill Waked

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Bill this warms my heart beyond words! The thought of your tabbouleh making as a child and then bringing all of that Lebanese goodness into your family with your special wife…that’s what it’s all about right there. My warm regards to both of you and my gratitude for your humbling sentiments.

  11. Niki says:

    Yum. Haven’t made tabbouleh for so long that l needed a refresher on the quantities.
    Came out perfectly. Thanks. It’s summer here in Aotearoa/New Zealand so l actually had everything l needed in my tiny garden – a rare treat to be able to harvest so much of a dish.
    Making tabbouleh again reminded me of my mother and aunt, both long gone. Here in the 80s, tabbouleh was VERY exotic and, home visiting my mother one year, l made a batch and left it in her fridge while l went out to buy fresh fish and a few other things for dinner. When l got home my aunt had come to visit and they both had such odd looks on their faces when they looked at me, that l was quite worried. Eventually, they both started to grin and, my mother asked, “What was that green stuff in the fridge?” I explained, and asked if they’d tasted it and if they’d liked it. They literally started to laugh like naughty school kids, and confessed that, they’d eaten it. All. Of. It. They SAID they were sorry but, it was impossible to belive they were, because they were laughing far too much to be credible. Obviously l didn’t mind and was pleased they’d liked it and, it’s become a nice memory.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Tabbouleh is irresistable!! Those stinkers!! Really fun thanks Niki and big hugs to you in New Zealand!

  12. Adriana Seawright says:

    I have been craving tabulli for the last few weeks
    Can’t wait to make this.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      So so good!

  13. Marilyn Nader says:

    Hi Maureen,

    By the way, per the above post I left a few days ago, two weeks ago I made “deconstructed” koosa. I couldn’t find the small light green “lita” squash I intended to stuff. So I bought 5 beautiful regular zucchini on the smaller, more narrow side. I cubed them into bite-sized pieces.

    I first sautéed a very large onion until it started to caramelize, then I added lots of chopped garlic. Then I added some beautifully ground chuck from a great market here. I broke it up with a wooden spoon, and cooked it till it was no longer pink and then added the zucchini. Mixed that all up after adding my spices of which baharat (sweet spice my Mom used to say) is the most important. I get that from a store in Brooklyn and store it in my freezer in a well wrapped container. (I am not sure if Seven Spice Mixture is similar.) I add a healthy amount of the baharat because that is the key ingredient in most of my vegetable-related main dishes. I also use a tiny bit of cayenne pepper. After the zucchini was about half done, I added a small can of diced tomatoes and 4-5 fresh tomatoes I had put in my blender. I let that all cook for about 20 minutes until the zucchini was tender but not overcooked.

    It all came together very quickly and it was delicious! You could serve it over Lebanese rice if you wish. And plenty of leftovers for another meal.

    Best,

    Marilyn Nader

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      That is a GREAT way to get kousa flavor much more easily Marilyn, thanks so much for sharing your details!

  14. Barbara says:

    Maureen, it’s me again – Barbara.
    I’ve been making Tabbouleh for decades. I use instant couscous instead of bulgur.
    And since husband bought me a grinder, the onion, mint and parsley takes seconds to
    grind to very small pieces. Usually my Tabbouleh is only with onion and greens. And I prepare
    the greens the night before – to save time.

    Lately I am making another kind of salad – just cherry tomatoes with the onion and greens –
    very, very good.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Smart moves Barbara! And your tomato salad sounds DIVINE!!! Thank you!

  15. George says:

    Maureen, Thank you for keeping alive the Lebanese Cuisine. I completely agree that Lebanese tabouleh has a lot of herbs and little bulgur,
    Regarding mint, yes, authentic Lebanese mint is nana mint (na3na3). It is very aromatic yet milder than spearmint. Spearmint tends to have a bitter taste, making it less suitable for raw dishes. Authentic Lebanese nana mint is available in the USA from Mount Lebanon Heirloom Herbs at http://www.LebaneseMint.com

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      How fascinating George, thank you for the info!

  16. Bill Tuma says:

    If you want to add “crunch” to tabouli try adding some 1/4” diced celery. Adds great crunch without adding any water content and doesn’t impact the flavor. Best celery to use is the tender small ribs

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      That sounds great!!

  17. Susan Reeves says:

    Hello! I am late to the “Maureen Abood cooking party” … but I am loving the cookbook and spices! I made this fabulous recipe for Tabbouleh today and it’s so good! My husband says he can’t stop eating it! We also used the Fine Bulgur also from Maureen’s shop and it is delicious! Very good quality. Can’t wait to try more of these recipes. Thanks Maureen!

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Susan I love this, thank you so so much for your great review of the tabbouleh recipe and the bulgur from our shop!!

      1. Marilyn Nader says:

        Hi Maureen,

        Lebanese food is some of the most healthy food on the planet! But people generally only associate it with skewered meats and hummus. I wish they would learn about the “main” courses which we make like kibbeh, the many vegetable dishes, chicken dishes using yogurt like fatteh, etc. We use many varieties of vegetables and use meat as an accompaniment, not as the main ingredient. Many dishes can be made without meat at all, such as tabouli.

        My family only uses flat leaf parsley. And in your narrative you use the word “nana” which translates to mint. However, the pronunciation is a little different than the letters suggest. The word in Arabic is pronounced, “Na A Na” with a little catch in your throat between the first and second syllables.

        I always enjoy your stories and sometimes I refer to your recipes for ideas on what to cook. Last week I made string beans with fresh tomatoes with beef (Loubia), this week I will make some kefta with Syrian potato salad, and next week I may make the tiny frozen okra with meat (Bamia). Thanks for helping to show the world that Lebanese food is not just chicken or beef on skewers!

  18. Julie says:

    Hello, Maureen — how many ounces are in one serving of this recipe, please?

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Hi Julie–we don’t typically weigh salad for home cooking quantities, so I don’t have the weight of the tabbouleh for you! You can make and weigh to get your numbers though.

  19. Lulu says:

    So good! The ratios are just like my mom’s! Except she never uses mint, cause it gives her heartburn.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Ha!!

  20. Mary Holmes says:

    I love Tabbouleh, like Cassoulet has many variations. I prefer a balance of bulgar to parsley( I use Italian), green onions and mint. I add a pinch of allspice.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      So good with the allspice Mary!

  21. Christy says:

    I dont soak the wheat at all. Just a quick rinse will work. I usually make it a day in advance and the juice from the veggies is more than enough to soften it.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Love that!

  22. Chris says:

    There is Maureen! And thank-you for your speedy reply! It’s in a subdivision on the outskirts of Grand Blanc proper called Ottawa Hills, I believe and has been there since probably the 60’s! 🙂

  23. Chris says:

    Summer Greetings Maureen!

    This is such a wonderful, delicious sounding Tabbouleh recipe…I’m going to try it as soon as I scout the neighborhood for some fresh mint!
    Would the Wagon Wheel Lane, you grew up on be in Grand Blanc, Michigan by any chance?

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Hi Chris, and thank you! My Wagon Wheel Lane is in Lansing, but I’m fascinated that there might be another lane named the same in Grand Blanc!

  24. Virginia says:

    It’s interesting to read the many variations. My mother put peas in her tabooli. Either fresh or frozen and thawed peas (just thawed, not cooked). I wonder if that was a regional thing where she was from in Lebanon? She sometimes used cinnamon, as do I.

    She used curly parsley – that may have been because flat leaf wasn’t as readily available as it is now. She would gather all the parsley under a huge lettuce leaf and then slice through and chop it all together.

    I’ve made revisions I think my mother would have loved. I soak the bulghur in salted lemon water – having the lemon flavor absorbed into the wheat means less liquid in the dressing, thus keeping the tabooli less soggy and it’s nice having the bulghur flavored as well – I find I use less salt in the dressing. I don’t use too much soaking liquid either, because the step I hate the most is squeezing the excess liquid out.

    I like adding the chopped tomatoes to each serving; this also keeps it from getting too soggy and it seems to keep longer.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      This is so great Virginia! My sister-in-law was just telling me about how she soaks her bulgur for tabbouleh in lemon juice. I love it and can’t wait to try it out! Your mom’s pea addition sounds delicious too. Thanks for the tips!

  25. Gina Delta says:

    Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for so many unbelievable delicious recipes. I’d be lost without them. Also thanks heaps for adding the print option so I can keep all my favorites in one place. Keep up the good work, and if you ever need anything from down under, just let me know.
    Gina from Australia

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Beautiful Gina, thank you so much! Please keep in touch and know I send warm regards to you down under!

  26. Mary Gamble says:

    Since I bought 5-blade herb scissors, making Tabbouleh is so much less labor intensive, which means I make it more often. If you don’t have them, try them!

  27. Nancy Tanasy says:

    Hi Maureen, thank you for all your wonderful recipes. My daughter, Sara introduced me to your blog and I enjoy it very much. Both of my daughters have your book and love it.
    My family is Lebanese and we make many things the same way. In tabbouleh we use flat leaf parsley. My mother used to say that you could tell if someone is a good cook by the way they made tabbouleh. This never made sense to me because it is a salad and not cooked, but she judged the skill of mincing all the ingredients to the correct size and very fine. It really does make a difference in the taste if the ingredients are cut very finely, but not in a food processor.
    Thank you again for your inspiration and sharing your family memories. I am a proud Sitto and love to pass our culture on.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      This is special Nancy, thank you–your mother sounds so lovely, and I can just imagine what a beloved Sitto you are!

  28. Tania says:

    Hi Maureen!

    Your blog is awesome!!! I also just bought your book Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, and can’t wait to use it 🙂

    Where can I buy ingredients like rose water locally? Trader Joe’s? Whole Foods?

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      You can buy wonderful flower waters and other ingredients in my own shop! At Maureen Abood Market–check it out! Love to hear what you think–

  29. Zainab says:

    First and foremost I would like to raise my hat to you and say from the utmost depth of my heart a big and warm THANK YOU!
    I started catering in the city I live in almost 3 years ago. I am originally Iraqi who lived in the UAE most of my life. I started catering Iraqi as well as Middle Eastern foods. A few weeks ago I took an order for a large group. All the foods I was able to manage but the quantity of the greens and veg that I need to use for one dish-Tabouleh was a mystery. I asked around family and friends and searched the net high and low and nowhere can I find the recipe per weight or cups. Few nights ago I was on your website checking out your new email and was such casualy browsing around things to do for the kids and there was the tabouleh recipe in CUPS…Hurrah..you dont know the relief I had. It truly felt like a massive weight was lifted off me. The problem is that the bunches sometimes come big or small.With simple calculations I was able to do it for the party.I just love tabouleh and usually do a big bowl for us as a family but rarely do I get to do it for 30 people. I am looking forward to your book which is coming out here in the UK in April. You are aboslutely a star, God bless you always and forever. XXX

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Wow Zainab, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m thrilled my tabbouleh recipe helped you with your tabbouleh-for-a-crowd (what lucky guests you have!). Your catering sounds wonderful!

  30. Georgia says:

    I make my Tabooley in my Cousinart food processor. Parsley first because you don’t have to rinse the bowl. Then I quarter tomatoes and pulse several times. Also make salsa with same method. One day I am going to try Tabooley with cilantro. An adaptation of the wheat prep is boil 1 1/2 cups water. Put in larger bowl and add 1/4 cup evoo and 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1 t salt and pepper. Let soak 1 hour. All water and liquid absorbs into wheat! Delicious with a fork! While the wheat soaks you have time to do everything else. Side note: I make with curly parsley and what I bought this time was very strong and I did not like the bitterness of the parsley. Never had that problem before. Will try flat leaf next time. Some people put drained chick peas!

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      I love all of that Georgia, thank you!

  31. sandra wood says:

    maureen u r such a hoot !! in the 80’s if business was slow in my boutique the girls and i would stand in front of the mirrors and say o.k. shake your bootie …low and behold the business came flying in the door.

  32. Candice Cohlmia Unger says:

    Laughing so hard because your title made me remember the hysterical “Tabbouleh” video by Remy! Here is the link for you too!! So funny!!! I adore tabbouleh, especially in the summer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FaNzrtu0KM

  33. Geoff Batrouney says:

    This Aussie-Lebanese grew up on curly-leaf parsley, but when I first tasted Tabbouleh made with flat-leaf parsley I became an instant convert. Maureen, thank you for this simple, elegant recipe. I read recipes for Tabbouleh that have the most bizarre ingredients. You nailed it!

  34. Wade says:

    The thing with Tabbouleh is that recipes are very specific to the region of Lebanon, even different within families. Some areas in Lebanon use cinnamon (not where my people are from), others Pomegranate juice, and more just use the traditional Lemon juice and Olive Oil. When I do it, I do not use curly leaf parsley as it’s too bitter. I use flat leaf, and in addition to the ingredients in your recipe, I add finely chopped, seeded cucumber. I also add some allspice, Sumac, and because I grew up as a Lebanese in the Caribbean, some finely minced Scotch Bonnet or Habanero pepper.

  35. Steve says:

    A properly prepared Tabbouleh goes exceptionally well with yellow squash medalions, about 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick, fried in a good olive oil, lightly salted and drizzled with Tahini sauce.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Wow, what a great idea, thank you! I will try it!

  36. Julie says:

    Maureen, I remember your Mom making this the first time I visited your home on Wagon Wheel! Everything she made was amazing, but this was my favorite! I will need to use tomatoes (if they ever ripen) and parsley from my garden to try this!

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      What a great memory Julie! Yours from the garden will be wonderful…xxx.

  37. Christine Hogan says:

    onion powder is my mainstay in everything instead of garlic powder. particularly on regular salad with lemon oil dressing from your Aunt Peggy!

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      I recall that Aunt Peg is an onion powder fan…I will try it instead of garlic powder in my next salad! The flavor of these powders are intense and delicious….

  38. Pam Ogle says:

    Maureen, you have a clever way with words. Loved the way wrrote about the memories you have of gathering vegetables from your mother’s garden. Keep writing!

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      How wonderful to hear from you! Thank you so much!

  39. Mary says:

    Maureen, this is the recipe I’ve been waiting for! Also, your childhood vegetable garden memories encourage me to keep trying veggies with my kids, who like to grow, but not eat them!

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Of course you are gardening on top of everything else you do Mary!! That is great.

  40. Betsy says:

    Don’t miss the link to the video above. It will make your day!

  41. Sue OConnor says:

    Exactly the same as my grandma’s recipe (except she always added cinnamon and allspice to the mix and preferred flat leaf parsley to curly, so now I feel like I gotta try it with curly!) Best food ever and I totally agree about needing the patience of a saint to prepare it properly!

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      I’m glad mine jives with your grandmother’s, Sue! The traditional spices are a nice addition.

    2. John Roy says:

      My situ always added cinnamon and allspice too…

      Sometimes I’ll put a pinch of cayenne pepper in for a little bit of heat…and to make it even healthier substitute quinoa for bulgur wheat.

      Goes great with diced chicken mixed in for dinner.

      1. Maureen Abood says:

        LOVE these ideas John, thank you. Mmm, going to try it all!