Pam's Tabouli / Taboulleh

Pam Ellingson


I love Middle Eastern foods so I make this salad occasionally when the mood hits me. I can make a meal of tabouli, hummus and flat bread. Just luscious flavors.

Karl Strasser made this recipe using Quinoa and loved it. Thanks for trying it and adding your photos, Karl!


★★★★★ 2 votes

makes about 8 servings
35 Min
No-Cook or Other


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1 c
cracked wheat ( i prefer medium bulgur #2)
3 to 4 c
hot tap water
2 bunch
fresh parsley, either curly or flat italian, minced very finely
1 large
ripe tomato , diced into fine dice (1/4 to 3/8 inch dice)
1 medium
cucumber, peeled and diced similar to tomato size, deseed if the seeds are large and tough.
3 to 5 medium
scallions, chopped, white and part of green also
10 to 12
spearmint leaves, minced very finely
1 small
clove of garlic minced or 1/8 tsp garlic powder (optional but good)
1/2 c
fresh lemon juice
1/3 to 1/2 c
olive oil, extra virgin
2 to 3 tsp
white wine vinegar (to taste)
salt and pepper (to taste) can use seasoned salt if desired

How to Make Pam's Tabouli / Taboulleh


  • 1Put cracked wheat in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside for at least 20 minutes to let wheat absorb most of the water.
  • 2While waiting for wheat to absorb, chop all the vegetables (if using fresh garlic, add it now) and put into a large non-reactive (glass, plastic, or stainless steel) bowl. Chop parsley and mint very fine and add to veggies in the bowl. Add lemon juice and olive oil, stir.
  • 3When ready to make salad, drain wheat through a fine sieve, and squeeze out any excess water. Should not be really "dry" or "soggy", just well drained.

    Add wheat to the bowl with the veggies and lemon juice and toss to mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste (if using garlic powder, add it here). Again, stir and taste for seasonings. I recommend that you make this a day in advance and let it meld covered, overnight in the fridge.
    When ready to serve, stir in the white wine vinegar and adjust seasonings which may have mellowed (or not)with storage. I like to serve this with lemon butter and thyme roasted chicken, mixed roasted veggies and warm flat bread.

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About Pam's Tabouli / Taboulleh

Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Mediterranean
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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