Easy tabouli salad

30 May

easy tabouli salad - perfect for a picnic. The Hungry Mum

Growing up, my mum used to make tabouli all the time for picnics and barbecues. The suburb where I grew up was all white bread and vegemite so this salad was an exotic addition.

Mum had to get burghul, the cracked wheat that is a key ingredient in this Middle Eastern salad, from our local health food as the supermarkets didn’t sell it and the most exotic international cuisine in my ‘hood at the time was pizza.

‘I can remember when the first Pizza Hut came here and that was exotic,’ mum said.

Thankfully, Sydney’s suburbs are much more multicultural and dishes like tabouli are mainstream.

This salad is now so mainstream that even Miss8, who won’t touch a tomato, fought tooth and nail to have a third helping of tabouli.

The Hungry Dad is a bit in love with Middle Eastern fare and loves nothing more than a meal of falafel, hommous and tabouli.

We grow parsley in our garden and tend to make tabouli when the parsley gets out of control.


1 cup burghul

3 small vine-ripened tomatoes, seeds removed, finely diced

1 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

½ red onion, finely diced


2 tablespoons extra version olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

sea salt, to taste

tabbouli salad - a handful of ingredients is all it takes to create this exotic and fresh salad. The Hungry Mum.


Cover burghul in boiling water plus another centimetre or so. Stir, cover with a plate a and leave for 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Stir and fluff up with a fork, set aside.

Combine all ingredients into a medium bowl, tip in soaked burghul, then lightly stir with a silver spoon.

Dress just prior to serving and season to taste.

Perfect for a picnic - tabbouli salad. The Hungry Mum.jpg


23 Responses to “Easy tabouli salad”

  1. lulu May 30, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Tabouli, always a reminder of the woman who taught me to make it so many years ago.

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 30, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Hehe I remember when we first tried lasagna! That was a revelation. And look at everything people eat now 😀

    • The Hungry Mum May 31, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      Hard to believe the way Australians ate not that long ago #boring

  3. sporkchopdotcom May 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

    I love tabouli salad 🙂

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  4. youthfoodblog May 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    The tomato background is a great idea!

  5. Karen May 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    Great photos! My mother never made anything exotic. Our salad consisted of iceberg lettuce and tomatoes. 😀

    • The Hungry Mum May 31, 2016 at 11:14 am #

      Cheers Karen. I never realised how exotic it was until we’d go to friend’s houses with the salad and people had no idea what it was 😉

  6. Laura @ Feast Wisely May 30, 2016 at 10:42 pm #

    Lovely Hungry Mum and lucky you have parsley to hand in the garden – otherwise tabbouli can end up on the expensive side….

    • The Hungry Mum May 31, 2016 at 7:34 am #

      Thanks Laura 🙂 Parsley is pretty much the only thing I can’t kill – along with rosemary and my bay tree!

  7. TreatYourselfSweeter (@TreatUSweeter) May 31, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

    I looooove tabouli.. There is something about fresh parsley that just makes you feel so healthy. You know this is all I am going to want for lunch tomorrow now…!!:)

    • The Hungry Mum May 31, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

      Agree! Plus it is super dooper easy to make – what’s not to love?!

  8. mylifeasishan May 31, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    Looks amazing

  9. Kathrina (Eclectic Yellow House) June 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Ooh, YUM! I haven’t had tabouli in awhile and I think this needs to go on the menu soon!

  10. Antonia June 2, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    What a beautiful salad!

  11. Meenu Gupta June 12, 2016 at 1:36 am #

    Healthy and tempting – https://yourfoodfantasy.com

  12. cookingdairyfree July 14, 2016 at 11:40 pm #

    That looks delicious! And lucky for me, my parsley in the garden is growing like crazy.

    • The Hungry Mum July 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

      Thanks! Parsley is one of the only things I cannot kill 😉

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