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Syrian Tabouli - parsley, cucumber, bulgur, red onion, tomato salad with lemon juice and olive oil

Tabouli: Syrian Parsley and Bulgur Salad

  • Author: Noreen
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


Tabouli: Syrian Parsley and Bulgur Salad in ripe tomatoes and lemon.


  • 3 bunches flat-leaf parsley, finely minced (should make about 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup super fine bulgur wheat
  • 3 medium sized ripe tomatoes, very finely minced
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, very finely minced
  • 1 handful fresh mint, finely minced
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely minced
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 stalks of scallions, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Leaves of Romaine lettuce to serve


  1. While tabouli does not take much time to prepare, the bulgur wheat does need to be soaked for 30 minutes in cold water. Thus, begin by soaking your bulgur wheat before moving onto chopping all your other ingredients
  2. Next, very finely chop all your tabouli ingredients. Ideally, you should try to use a knife here and try to retain a bit of “chunk” in all the ingredients (especially the parsley), but you can also use a food processor (on Amazon) if you’re pressed for time. Just be wary not to over-chop and create ingredients too small
  3. To combine, take a large bowl and begin by adding your cucumbers, onions and mint. Stir well with a wooden ladle to mix the ingredients
  4. Next, add your minced tomato and stir again. At this point, let the ingredients sit until your bulgur wheat is fully soaked and ready to go
  5. When ready, add your parsley and bulgur wheat to your tabouli and stir thoroughly around
  6. Add your olive oil and half of your lemon juice and again stir
  7. Add your sumac, paprika, allspice and black pepper and stir. Over the course of your stirring, add the remaining portion of lemon juice to help distribute the spices
  8. Garnish with your sliced scallions, serve with a nice piece of Romaine lettuce, and you’re done!
  • Prep Time: 35 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: Syrian

Keywords: vegetable salads, scallions salads, cucumbers salads