Tabouli, also spelled as tabbouleh or tabouleh, is a popular Middle Eastern salad that is typically made with finely chopped fresh parsley, tomatoes, mint, onions, and soaked bulgur wheat. It is known for its refreshing and vibrant flavors.


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Tabouli is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine and is widely enjoyed throughout the region and beyond.


  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (flat-leaf or Italian parsley is best)

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves

  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely diced

  • 1/2 cup fine bulgur wheat

  • 1/2 cup boiling water

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (adjust to taste)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Place the bulgur wheat in a heatproof bowl.
  • Pour the boiling water over the bulgur.
  • Cover the bowl with a plate or plastic wrap and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes, or until the bulgur is soft and has absorbed the water.
  • Once the bulgur is ready, fluff it with a fork and let it cool to room temperature.
  • While the bulgur is cooling, finely chop the fresh parsley and mint leaves.
  • Dice the tomatoes and finely chop the red onion.
  • If you prefer a milder onion flavor, you can soak the chopped red onion in cold water for a few minutes, then drain it before adding it to the salad.
  • In a large bowl, combine the chopped parsley, mint, tomatoes, and red onion.
  • Add the cooled bulgur wheat and mix everything together.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice until well combined.
  • Season the dressing with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Pour the dressing over the tabouli salad mixture.
  • Gently toss all the ingredients together until well coated with the dressing.
  • Refrigerate the tabouli for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Before serving, give the salad a final toss and adjust the seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or lemon juice if needed.
  • Serve the tabouli as a side dish, appetizer, or as a light and refreshing main dish.
  • You can garnish it with extra mint leaves or a drizzle of olive oil if desired.

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