Tabbouleh

  • 30MINS
  • 87KCAL

Bursting with fresh lemon, mint and parsley, this salad is the ideal slimming friendly addition to your next barbecue or picnic!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories87
  • Carbs11g
  • Protein2.8g
  • Fat2.4g
  • Saturates0.3g
  • Sugars3.9g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Tabbouleh is a popular Middle Eastern salad that is perfect on a summer’s day. It’s bursting with the flavours of lemon, fresh mint and parsley to make a refreshing light lunch!

Traditionally, Tabbouleh focuses on the parsley rather than the bulgar wheat, so we’ve used this inspiration to include lots of flavours and enough bulgar wheat to be satisfying and filling. 

Bulgar wheat is a super simple grain that doesn’t even need to be cooked on the stove: soaking in boiling water is all that’s needed for a fluffy, fibre filled addition that adds texture and taste to salads.

This dish would work well served at a barbecue with pitta bread or as part of a mezze style meal where small plates of food such as hummus or falafel are served.

What diets is this Tabbouleh suitable for?

Tabbouleh can be enjoyed on vegetarian, vegan and dairy free diets.

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Tabbouleh recipe?

  • If you’re on WW Green you need to count 1 Points per portion of this Tabbouleh recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue you need to count 1 Points per portion of this Tabbouleh recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple you need to count 0 Points per portion of this Tabbouleh recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Tabbouleh?

We’ve used bulgar wheat, which can be found alongside the rice and pasta at the supermarket. We’ve also used fresh herbs as dried versions won’t add as much flavour!

How many calories are in this Tabbouleh?

There are 87 calories per portion in this Tabbouleh, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Tabbouleh is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Place the bulgar wheat in a large bowl and pour over 80ml boiling water. Cover with a plate and leave to soak for 20 minutes.

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Step 2

Place the diced tomatoes in a sieve over the medium bowl and leave to drain while the bulgar wheat is soaking.

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Step 3

When the bulgar wheat has absorbed all of the water, stir with a fork.

Step 4

Add the drained tomatoes, cucumber, spring onion, parsley, mint, and lemon juice to the bulgar wheat. Spray with olive oil spray and mix well with a large spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

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Tabbouleh - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with this Tabbouleh?

Serve with warm pitta bread at a BBQ or as part of a mezze style meal with hummus and falafel.

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How do you know when Tabbouleh is cooked?

You don’t need to cook this Tabbouleh, but you need to let it soak for long enough for the water to absorb. This will take around 20 minutes.

How long can you keep Tabbouleh in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Tabbouleh in the fridge for approximately a day or so. 

Can I freeze Tabbouleh?

This recipe uses bulgar wheat and is best enjoyed fresh. Although it can’t be frozen, you can leave it chilled and covered in the fridge overnight, ready to eat the next day!

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Tabbouleh

Bursting with fresh lemon, mint and parsley, this salad is the ideal slimming friendly addition to your next barbecue or picnic!
  • Prep Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 87
  • Carbs 11G
  • WW Points:
  • 1 Green
  • 1 Blue
  • 0 Purple

Ingredients

  • 60 g bulgar wheat
  • 450 g ripe tomatoes finely diced and drained
  • 1 large cucumber finely diced
  • 6 spring onions finely chopped
  • 60 g flat leaf parsley stalks removed and chopped
  • 15 g fresh mint leaves stalks removed and chopped
  • 2 lemons juice only
  • 5 sprays light olive oil spray
  • 80 ml boiling water
  • salt and black pepper to taste

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Instructions

  1. Place the bulgar wheat in a large bowl and pour over 80ml boiling water. Cover with a plate and leave to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Place the diced tomatoes in a sieve over the medium bowl and leave to drain while the bulgar wheat is soaking.
  3. When the bulgar wheat has absorbed all of the water, stir with a fork.
  4. Add the drained tomatoes, cucumber, spring onion, parsley, mint, and lemon juice to the bulgar wheat. Spray with olive oil spray and mix well with a large spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

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Recipe notes

Tip: Make sure you drain the diced tomatoes well, otherwise the salad will be too wet.

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TrishWednesday 4th August 2021

20g bulgur wheat for 2 portions – surely that isn’t right? I made the salmon and tabbouleh recipe which used 75g for 2 portions.

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    HollyMonday 16th August 2021

    Hey Trish, this Tabbouleh recipe is more of a side dish and would work great served alongside some of our other recipes. We think it’s great served with warm pitta bread or as part of a mezze style meal with hummus or falafel. Hope that helps!

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