Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Grain Free Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh Salad on Plate with red onions

Tabbouleh salad is a lemon flavored Middle Eastern salad that is traditionally made with bulgher wheat and finely chopped vegetables. You have probably seen it on menus in Lebanese restaurants, Moroccan restaurants, and Greek restaurants. It is frequently served on mezza platters ( appetizer platters)  with stuffed grape leaves, humus, baba ganooj, and other Middle Eastern delicacies. It has a very seasoned but mild taste and the emphasis in on the parsley.

 My  tabbouleh recipe is grain free as it is made using riced raw cauliflower as a base, making it gluten free, low carb and low calorie!! Using cauliflower as a base is not only easy , it's nutritious. Cauliflower is one of the cruciferous vegetables that is touted to provide antioxidants that help prevent cancer. It is a great vegetable to include in your meuns.

 In addition this recipe is a raw recipe which makes it a little crunchy .( if you are not into raw, you can saute your cauliflower for a few minutes and drain well before assembling with the remaining chopped vegetables.

Tabbouleh Salad in a large bowl

I especially love this recipe not only because  it is delicious and nutrient rich,  but I also love  it because it won't pack on the pounds. It's also perfect for a warmer night because it doesn't need any cooking,  And you could bring it to a BBQ and everyone will love it.
riced cauliflower in a bowl
riced cauliflower

Cauliflower is versatile. It lends itself to mimicking other starchier foods but without the calories.If you are looking for more raw recipes or just something a little different, give this cauliflower tabbouleh salad a try! ( Remember you could always saute the riced cauliflower first in a little olive oil spray)

vegetarian burger, jicama slices, and tabbouleh salad on a plate
yes, the rolls are gluten free from a bakery
3 cups of riced cauliflower ( see below how to rice the cauliflower )
1 cup of diced tomatoes
1 cup of diced parsley
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1 cup of diced cucumber ( diced very small)
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
Lemon dressing:
Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Wash and clean a cauliflower and cut in half. Divide into flowerettes. Place in the food processor with the metal blade and pulse on and off very quickly  2 or 3 times until the cauliflower looks like rice.Place on a colander to drain for 10 minutes and then add remainder of chopped ingredients and toss well.

cauliflower in a food processor

You may like riced cauliflower pilaf which is a cooked pilaf

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  1. Another way to enjoy one of my favorite veggies! Thank you for sharing with Real Food Fridays :)

  2. Yum! I love cauliflower rice and this looks like a great way to enjoy it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Such a creative and healthy alternative to bulgur wheat. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on foodie friday.

  4. Hi Judee,
    I am a big fan of tabouleh having traveled to the several Middle Eastern countries, but I love your grain and gluten free version using riced raw cauliflower as a base so thank you for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! We'll enjoy it!

  5. Hi Judee,
    Tabooli is one of my favorites, I could eat that salad right now, it looks so good! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Be safe and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I love the idea of switching out the bulgar wheat for cauliflower! I have a few friends that have gone grain-free due to diet or health reasons, so this is a great switch-up, but still incorporates some of the flavors that we all love in the summertime!

  7. Yum! This recipe seems so simple and delicious. I think I need to make this today ;) Thanks for sharing, I have never had Tabbouleh before. Love your blog!


  8. Sounds great! Such healthy ingredients. Cauliflower is a great versatile vegetable that has many health benefits. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop!

  9. Hi Judee,
    I am so delighted that you shared this amazing recipe for grain free tabouleh salad with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! We appreciate it!

  10. Thank you for linking up to Farmer's Market Friday! I will try this recipe this summer when my tomatoes ripen!

  11. Hi Judee,
    What a light and delicious spin on traditional tabouleh! I have not made riced cauliflower before, so I enjoyed learning how. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious tabouleh recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!


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