Lemon & parsley tabbouleh

Lemon & parsley tabbouleh

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 mins


Serves 4
Tabbouleh is a classic Lebanese bulghar wheat salad - with this recipe adding couscous to the mix

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (without meat)

  • kcal269
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt1.21g
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  • 175g bulghar wheat or couscous
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, crumbled
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 50g whole blanched almonds, finely chopped


    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • large bunch (80g pack) flat-leaf parsley, very roughly chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

To make with goat's cheese

  • 200g crumbled goat's cheese
  • large pinch chilli flakes
  • black pepper, to serve



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

To make with grilled halloumi

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 250g pack halloumi cheese
  • 2 small preserved lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Place the bulghar wheat or couscous in a heatproof bowl with the crumbled stock cube and garlic, pour over boiling water to cover, then set aside for 30 mins for bulghar or 10 mins for couscous.

  2. If you’ve used bulghar wheat, drain thoroughly, or fluff up couscous with a fork. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Serve, chill until needed, or see suggestions, right.

  3. To make with goat's cheese, mix the crumbled goat’s cheese, and a large pinch chilli flakes into the salad with lots of black pepper. Divide between bowls and serve.

  4. To make with grilled halloumi, heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan. Thickly slice the halloumi cheese and fry on a high heat for 2-3 mins on each side, or until softened and golden. Finely chop the small preserved lemons into the salad. Divide between bowls. Top with the cheese slices and serve.

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2nd Jan, 2018
I used the bulgur and halloumi combo and the result was a much needed refreshing and healthy supper after the indulgence of the Christmas holidays. I had no preserved lemons, but the meal was just as delicious without. For the herbs I used half parsley and half mint and served with pitta bread.
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14th Mar, 2014
check this stuffed zucchini traditional lebanese recipe with a very nice presentation at marmite et ponpon. http://marmiteetponpon.com/2014/03/14/mouth-watering-kousa-mehche-stuffed-zucchini/
20th Aug, 2012
Made this last night – also added chopped mint with the parsley. Delicious! Had grilled chicken instead of halloumi, and served with pitta bread and houmous. Eating leftovers for lunch.
24th Feb, 2011
Yummy, very nice :-) But let me tell you that as someone who lives in the Middle East and eats a lot of Halloumi, from experience the tbsp of oil is not necessary as long as you use a griddle / non-stick pan. Halloumi also does really well when cooked as a starter on the BBQ. The Halloumi has a lot of liquid which reduces and helps the cheese to become crisp and delicious!
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