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Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh


Posted by on June 28, 2017 / 18 Comments

Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a tasty spin on tabbouleh and swaps bulgur with cauliflower rice, making this lemon herb salad gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

(gluten-free, paleo, whole30) Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a tasty spin on tabbouleh and swaps bulgur with cauliflower rice, making this lemon herb salad gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

You guys know I’m an avid traveler and I love food that reminds me of far off places in the world. Prior to my blogging career I was an executive for healthcare and biotech companies. And prior to that, I was an advisor to the UN, who lived in Kabul, Afghanistan for a year. I know, not exactly the job trajectory one would expect, right?

But during my time at the UN I had the privilege and joy of traveling throughout many Arabic countries. As you might guess, I also ate plenty of delicious Middle Eastern Food.

Watch me make this cauliflower rice tabbouleh:

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If you’ve ever been to a Lebanese restaurant, odds are you’ve had some amazing tabbouleh. And if you haven’t, you might wondering what exactly is tabbouleh? Well, quite simply, it’s a lemony herb salad. Lots (and lots) of fresh parsley and lemon juice really play the staring role.

I haven’t yet traveled Lebanon (it’s on my list), but I have had some amazing tabbouleh in Egypt and Dubai. After hummus, tabbouleh is probably one of the most famous dishes that we know and enjoy from the Levant/Eastern Mediterranean region.

(gluten-free, paleo, whole30) Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a tasty spin on tabbouleh and swaps bulgur with cauliflower rice, making this lemon herb salad gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

(gluten-free, paleo, whole30) Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a tasty spin on tabbouleh and swaps bulgur with cauliflower rice, making this lemon herb salad gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

Traditionally, tabbouleh includes bulgur, which, as you might imagine is not gluten-free. So today we’re swapping the bulgur out for my favorite grain-free substitute – cauliflower rice. When it comes to sneaking more veggies into a meal, my love for cauliflower rice is right up there with my love for zucchini noodles. It’s so incredibly versatile.

I’ve shown you how to make cauliflower rice before, so make sure to watch that video if you haven’t yet. But this recipe keeps things super simple because we’re not even cooking the cauliflower rice this time. Yep, we’re keeping it raw. If you want to make life ridiculously easy, you could even use store-bought cauliflower rice. Then, it just a matter of tossing everything together.

(gluten-free, paleo, whole30) Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a tasty spin on tabbouleh and swaps bulgur with cauliflower rice, making this lemon herb salad gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

(gluten-free, paleo, whole30) Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a tasty spin on tabbouleh and swaps bulgur with cauliflower rice, making this lemon herb salad gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

(gluten-free, paleo, whole30) Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a tasty spin on tabbouleh and swaps bulgur with cauliflower rice, making this lemon herb salad gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

Now, given that parsley plays such an important role in this recipe, it should go without saying that you should use the freshest flat-leaf, organic parsley that you can find. This recipe is seriously like eating from your herb garden, so splurge on quality ingredients here. That goes for the tomatoes, cucumber, scallions and mint as well.

Watch the video above to see how quickly this cauliflower rice tabbouleh recipe comes together. But I think you guys are really gonna love it. Simple, fresh and veggie-packed. It’s my healthy, gluten-free and paleo-friendly spin on the traditional tabbouleh. With the simplest instructions I think of any recipe on this website (see for yourself below).

For more fab cauliflower rice recipes, with an Asian flair, don’t forget to try my cauliflower fried rice or Asian cauliflower rice with ginger shrimp.

Enjoy!

(gluten-free, paleo, whole30) Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a tasty spin on tabbouleh and swaps bulgur with cauliflower rice, making this lemon herb salad gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

(gluten-free, paleo, whole30) Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a tasty spin on tabbouleh and swaps bulgur with cauliflower rice, making this lemon herb salad gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Cauliflower rice tabbouleh is a delicious, lemon herb salad that's gluten-free and paleo-friendly. 

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium head of cauliflower riced (approx 4 cups)
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 cucumber finely diced
  • 4 scallions (green onions) finely sliced
  • 2 cups fresh parsley roughly chopped (approx 2 large bunches)
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. 

Other salad recipes you might like:

Zucchini Noodle Caprese

Easy Cucumber Salad

BLT Salad with Avocado and Sprouts

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  • Liz S.

    Your career path is fascinating! And I love this healthy twist on Tabbouleh.

  • foodtasticmom

    What an incredible opportunity to travel so much! I bet you have some stories to tell. This recipe looks delicious too!

  • DrRB

    This is perfect. Healthy, tasty and easy. Nice to read about all your travels.

  • Swathi Iyer

    I am yet to taste cauliflower rice, this sounds delicious and filling one . You are lucky to opportunity to travel

    • Cauliflower rice is the best, especially if you’re looking for a grain substitute or wanting to go low-carb. :)

  • This is so healthy and beautiful! I need to be eating more of this and less of the indulgent stuff… My bathing suit will thank me.

    • I hear ya – especially this time of year! ;) It’s always nice to lighten things up with a healthy salad.

  • It’s beautiful! Love the idea of using cauliflower rice instead of bulgur and I LOVE all the parsley in there. Perfect summer side!

    • Thanks so much! And parsley has so many health benefits of it’s own. It’s definitely a salad worth trying. :) x

  • This dish is so delicious. And, what isn’t less import, it looks so nice, colorful, and attractive.

  • This looks like such a good dish to bring to a picnic or potluck. In fact, we have a community concert in the park tomorrow night that I might just have to make this for…

    • Definitely a great salad for a picnic or outdoor event. And a community concert sounds like a blast! Hope you like it Michele! :) x

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