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Terrific Tabbouleh

August 1, 2011

Last week I embarked on my fifth attendance of a rather exquisite classical music festival somewhat obviously called Musicfest. I hadn’t intended on going, but as I found a job three days before it started which wouldn’t commence until the week after it finished, how could I say no? This has been the reason for my absence from the lovely e-folds of wordpress – if I was missed I am truly sorry. Basically what this festival entails is practising one’s instrument with particular vigour and enthusiasm every day, all day, for a week, and then performing at the end of it. As such, I’ve not had any opportunity for healthy, cheap or tasty food. This saddens me, so I no longer drink alcohol and I have reverted to the whole “my body is my temple” sort of attitude – although I would say that calling this body a temple is a rather unapt description.

Tabbouleh is a traditional salad from the Levant – an area previously part of the Ottoman Empire. It is a vast tract which covers a number of countries such as Lebanon, Israel and Southern Turkey, and is famous for mezze foods such as houmous. It also happens, quite happily, to be bloody delicious – although I would say that this recipe is not for the faint hearted, almost every ingredient packs a bit of a punch. The health benefits are also pretty noticeable – it has plenty of fresh foods and bulgur wheat is full of protein, not to mention very low in calories.

Lebanese Tabbouleh

Serves 4-6


• 100g bulgur wheat

• 2 large tomatoes, seeds removed and diced

• Large bunch of parsley, chopped

• Small bunch of mint, chopped

• Small bunch of chives, chopped

• 1 red onion, finely chopped

• Juice of 1 lemon

• Good slug of olive oil

• 1 clove of garlic, mashed

• Salt and pepper


1. Follow the instructions on the bulgur wheat pack in order to cook it. Set aside.


2. Mix together the herbs, onion, garlic, tomatoes, lemon juice and olive oil. Fluff up the cooked bulgur wheat and combine thoroughly with herb mixture. Season and serve with flatbreads (recipe imminent).



The whole bowl of Tabbouleh should cost no more than £1.50 and far less if, like us, you grow your own herbs – as they are by far the most expensive part. It’ll be even cheaper once our tomatoes ripen, lemons are unfortunately a little beyond us.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 10:43 pm

    A nice and Summery dish. Full of flavoursome fresh herbs . I always make loads of this stuff and tend to serve it with some nice Sea Bass 😉

  2. August 1, 2011 10:49 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make Tabbouleh, it’s so simple I don’t know what I never have!

  3. August 2, 2011 1:41 am

    Mmm, I love tabouli! Such a perfect recipe for summer…I really need to make this. Love your blog 🙂

    • August 3, 2011 7:19 pm

      Thanks! Come back lots. For some reason my spam filter caught you! But now I’ve found you.

  4. August 2, 2011 10:42 am

    Ah, reminds me of a week’s residential music festival at Gatton Park when I played in the local youth wind band; long days of furious practice followed by a monumental concert. A great experience but it certainly wasn’t about the food… 🙂
    This recipe sounds great, I love tabouleh. I suppose you could use quinoa instead of bulgur wheat too, if you were trying to avoid wheat products. Although that would push the price up somewhat.

    • August 2, 2011 10:44 am

      Yes I suppose you could, but as you say it would push the price up which I try to avoid. To be honest there’s only 100g of bulgur wheat between 4 to 6 people so if you’re trying to avoid that it’s a little extreme – it’s not like it’s white bread or something. I’ve done so many residential music courses, this is a little different as it’s mainly solo or small chamber work, I miss residential orchestral stuff though.

  5. August 2, 2011 10:14 pm

    Tabbouleh is one of my all-time favourite simple dishes, and so much nuttier and more exciting than couscous! Your photos are gorgeous – I’m going to have to make some later this week…

    • August 3, 2011 7:00 pm

      I am truly in love with it. It is so me, really flavoursome and healthy. I agree bulgur wheat is so much nicer than couscous. I think I’d find couscous a bit nothing-y now.

  6. August 3, 2011 11:42 pm

    This looks perfect for summer eats. I’ll have to try.

    • August 3, 2011 11:42 pm

      It really is fabulously fresh and delicious. I finished it tonight, just sat around eating it! I’m going to have to make more this weekend!

  7. Veronika permalink
    August 6, 2011 4:26 pm

    One of my favorite summer hot-weather dishes! A dash of ground cumin really goes well with it too!

    And yes, it’s dangerous as leftovers – fabulous straight from the fridge and can disappear magically without you realising where it’d gone!

    • August 6, 2011 5:19 pm

      It is so refreshing and delicious isn’t it! I’ll give it a go with cumin next time, I thought it might remove some of the freshness – I must be wrong.

  8. September 11, 2011 7:17 pm

    I love this salad, eat it all the time but have never made it myself. Will have to try.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • September 11, 2011 8:05 pm

      Do, this works very well, has so much more flavour than most I’ve tasted. Really don’t hold back on the herbs.

  9. September 20, 2011 12:42 pm

    Bloody delicious indeed!


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