Small bowl of Lebanese tabbouleh
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Lebanese Tabbouleh salad { vegan }

This super-healthy tabbouleh salad is easy to make and packed with flavour. I have stuck pretty close to the authentic Lebanese recipe with a couple of minor twists.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Lebanese
Keyword: tabbouleh salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Lucy Parissi


  • 1 cup | 200g fine bulgur wheat
  • 2 cups | 500ml boiling water
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1 large bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp mint finely chopped
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baharat spice mix


  • Prepare your bulgur wheat by placing in a bowl and topping with the boiling water plus the juice of half a lemon. Cover the bowl and set aside for 15 minutes while you prepare your vegetables. 
  • Once the bulgur wheat has absorbed most of the water, drain of excess water and fluff up with a fork.
  • Seed the tomatoes, cucumber and bell pepper. Chop all your vegetables into small, even cubes.
  • Rinse the parsley and pat dry. Finely chop the parsley, discarding the stalks. 
  • Add all the vegetables, pomegranate seeds, bulgur wheat and herbs into a large bowl. 
  • Add the olive oil, juice of remaining half lemon, pomegranate molasses, baharat and salt and give everything a good mix. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Chill the salad until ready to serve.


  • Try replacing the bulgur what with couscous, quinoa or farro.
  • You can vary the ingredients according to your preference – I haven't used any garlic but you can add 1 minced clove if you like. 
  • Add crumbled feta cheese or grilled chicken for a more substantial salad.
  • Increase the lemon jjuice if you like it really tart!


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 47.4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.2mg