Tabbouleh – A Traditional Middle Eastern Vegetarian Salad

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Tabbouleh – A Recipe for You!

Tabbouleh is a traditional Middle Eastern vegetarian salad made of finely chopped parsley, diced tomatoes, crushed mint, fine bulgur (burghul), chopped green onions, extra virgin olive oil, lime/lemon juice, and salt.

bulgur tabboulehBurghul is an alternative form of bulgur. Bulgur is a whole grain made from precooked and dried wheat, which makes bulgur a tremendously healthy fast food for quick side dishes, soups, or salads, such as tabbouleh. Health fact: Bulgur has more fiber than quinoa, oats, millet, buckwheat or corn (Source:

One of the many aspects of being in this profession is mentoring future registered dietitian nutritionists. I had the privilege of having Nora Zamzam intern with me and she shared her traditional family favorite recipe.

Bon Appétit! If you like visuals, watch the video below.

Tabbouleh Salad


  • 2 bunches of parsley
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 3 green onion strandstabbouleh-ingredients-tomato-onion-norazamzam
  • 2 limes (or lemons)
  • ¾ cup bulgur (burghul) fine cracked wheat
  • 1 tablespoons crushed dried mint (or 2 tablespoons fresh mint)
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Squeeze juice of 2 limes/lemons onto bulgur (burghul). Set aside to soak (for a minimum of 20-25 minutes).
  2. Chop 2 bunches of parsley finely and place in large bowl.
  3. Dice tomatoes and chop green onions finely. Add to parsley.
  4. Add salt and olive oil.
  5. Add bulgur (burghul) and crushed mint. Mix ingredients thoroughly.
  6. Serve alone or on a leaf of lettuce.

Makes 6 servings. Nutrition info per serving:
240 calories,  3g protein,  19g fat  (2.5g sat fat),  17g carbs, 5 grams fiber, 410mg sodium

 Tabbouleh Salad Video

Thanks to Nora Zamzam for the recipe, photos, and assistance in preparing the video.

Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach


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  1. jane hm

    This is great!! Saw the video on FB!! Your student did an amazing job and its a simple recipe!! Caught my attention instantly….if you’ve never tried it before, it’s worth the effort!!!!

    • Neily

      Hi Jane! Thank you so much for your comments…yes I agree Nora did a fabulous job and I will let her now. I appreciate you saying so. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Asma

    I love Tabbouleh salad! A very informative article. Thank you, dr Neily!

    • Neily

      My intern was a delightful young woman – I’m glad you liked the post! -Neily


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