Taboule – The queen of Lebanese salads

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Taboule: the queen of salads on any Lebanese table.

Delicious, nutritious, can be eaten on its own as a main or as a side salad. Authentic taboule is a Lebanese dish, prepared with bulgur wheat.

Nutrition facts:

Bulgur is low in fact, high in minerals like manganese. Magnesium and iron, plus it’s a rich source of plant based protein. It is a good source of dietary fiber, which, the body needs for digestive and heart health.

Olive oil : in addition to the many benefits to the heart and overall health olive oil has Anti ageing properties

Olive oil is a powerful Antioxidant : It contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Antioxidants, when topically applied, may help protect the skin from premature skin aging. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of olive oil because it helps restore skin smoothness and protects against ultraviolet light. [1] Hydroxytyrosol, a rather rare compound found in olive oil, also prevents free radical damage to the skin.


Serves 4 people

  • ½ a cup of bulgur wheat
  • 2 bunches of parsley
  • ¼ bunch of fresh mint
  • ½ – ¾ a bunch of spring onions
  • ¾ cup of olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons freshly squeezed
  • salt
  • a sprinkle pepper
  • a sprinkle of mixed spices

How to prepare:

After washing the vegetables and leaving them to dry,

Arrange the parsley, the mint and onion in separate bunches to chop them finely.

If you are using a regular onion not spring onions, you need to mix them with salt, peppers and spices and leave to rest.

Chop the tomatoes into tiny squares

Mix the bulgur wheat with chopped tomatoes while you are getting the rest of the vegetables ready (make sure you don’t leave them too long no more than 15 minutes so they don’t go soggy).

Mix the tomatoes, bulgur, chopped vegetables , the onions and add the olive oil and lemon juice and adjust the spices and salt according to taste.

You can serve your yummy Taboule with fresh lettuce or cabbage leaves.