Tabbouleh Salad

Happy Labor Day! We hope you are enjoying the holiday. We are having a BBQ with family and friends today. We are going to have kabobs and lots of tasty sides. Everyone is chipping in, but I volunteered to make dessert and Tabbouleh Salad, one of my all time favorite salads.

Tabbouleh Salad is a Middle Eastern Salad made with bulgur wheat (cracked wheat), tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh herbs. Our mint and parsley are growing like weeds right now, so we’ve been enjoying this salad on a weekly basis. It is so light and refreshing!

Tabbouleh Salad is easy to make and full of flavor. All you have to do is soak the bulgur wheat in hot water and stir in the tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, garlic, parsley, and mint. The salad gets dressed with fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Season with a little salt and pepper and you are good to go!

If you are looking for one more dish to add to your Labor Day menu, make this easy Tabbouleh Salad.

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Tabbouleh Salad

A classic Middle Eastern Salad made with bulgur wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs, and a light lemon-olive oil dressing.
5 from 2 votes


  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cucumbers
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  • 1. Place the bulgur wheat in a large bowl. Bring the water to a boil and stir in the salt. Pour the water over the bulgur. Let it sit for 30 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.
  • 2. While the bulgur is soaking, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl. Add in the minced garlic and whisk again. Pour the dressing over the bulgur and stir.
  • 3. Add in the scallions, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, and mint. Stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Note-this salad will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

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  1. Thank you Maria! We buy tabbouleh at our grocery store (they make it fresh) but I’ve been wanting to make our own, having no idea how! Here’s my question: Where do you find bugler wheat? By that I mean, certain, specialty grocery stores? If its in a regular grocery store, where in the store? Thanks for your help!

    1. I buy it in the bulk bin section at Whole Foods, Smith’s, Sprouts, and Winnco. Most stores carry it. I hope you can find it.

  2. I love tabbouleh! I like to sub quinoa for the bulgur now and then. Great use for all the mint that’s going wild right now. Have a blast at your BBQ! I love end-of-summer barbecues; they’re the best.

  3. Tabbouleh is one of those dishes that don’t weigh you down but still has tons of flavor. All those tomatoes and cukes… looks delicious.

  4. I used to work at a Mediterranean restaurant that had the most incredible Tabbouleh Salad – your version sounds equally as delicious. I hope you, Josh and Caleb had a great Labor Day.

  5. I use RED Mill bulgur wheat. It’s an excellent brand. My sons love this as a side dish for stuffed red peppers. My son took a picture of his dinner plate with this meal on it and put it on Facebook!

  6. Tabbouleh is one of those salads that I could happily eat day after day. I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day!

  7. Tabbouleh salad is my favorite! I was so happy to find some at a potluck this weekend. Yours looks absolutely fantastic, Maria!

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  9. Haven’t tried it yet, but years ago I happened across a Teabuleh Salad that I dearly loved so when I recently happened across a Teabuleh grain at my local Price Chopper, I bought it. The reipe on the box doesn’t call for cucumber and it’s been a long time ago but it seems there was cucumber in the salad I tasted and loved… so I started searching for one similar. I pan to try it soon.