Cauliflower Tabbouleh is a Mediterranean-style salad which is quick and easy to prepare.It is made with chopped veggies like cauliflower, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, garlic and a refreshingly zippy dressing of fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.
This recipe is a gluten free Tabbouleh.
Be it as a salad while entertaining guest or to pack for lunch the next day, this Cauliflower Tabbouleh salad is a win-win.
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Where did Tabbouleh originate from?
Originally from the mountains of Lebanon and Syria, tabbouleh has become one of the most popular salads in the Middle East.
Tabbouleh is said to be a product of Ottoman Syria which includes the modern states of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan.
What does tabbouleh mean?
Tabbouleh is a salad of Lebanese origin consisting chiefly of cracked wheat, tomatoes, parsley, mint, onions, lemon juice, and olive oil.
Is Tabbouleh the same as bulgur?
Bulgur is wheat grains that have been steamed, dried and crushed.It is a staple of middle eastern cooking while, tabbouleh is a middle eastern salad or meze generally consisting of bulgur wheat, chopped tomatoes, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice.
What are the ingredients in this Cauliflower Tabbouleh?
Cauliflower is a healthy, gluten free, nutritious vegetable that can be used in various dishes. However eating it raw is something that doesn’t come easy because of its bland taste.
Believe us, when we tell you in this gluten free Tabbouleh recipe where the cauliflower florets are broken into cauliflower rice, it tastes delicious when flavored with the zippy dressing of olive oil and lemon juice.
Parsley stems can be chopped fine and used for flavor. Additionally other herbs like mint can also be added to enhance the flavor.
We used 3-4 Roma tomatoes, which can be chopped or diced small.
One large seedless English cucumber chopped fine. If using regular cucumber, you may want to peel the skin, for more taste.
One medium sized red onion sliced fine can be used for this Tabbouleh or you can use shallots if you find the taste of red onion too strong.
Two cloves of garlic finely minced.
Salt and Pepper
Salt can be used according to your taste. We used 1 tbsp Black Pepper powder for this recipe. You may tweak as per your need.
Freshly squeezed Lemon juice from 2 lemons and a good drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil adds to the refreshing taste of this Cauliflower Tabbouleh salad.
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What do you eat Cauliflower tabbouleh with?
To assemble the salad, spread the cauliflower tabbouleh salad over the bottom of a large shallow plate. Arrange with sliced chicken, sliced avocado, Kalamata olives and sprinkle some feta cheese over the top. Serve with hummus and pita bread.
It can also be served with grilled seafood like salmon or any other fish, like we have done here.
Do you eat Cauliflower tabbouleh hot or cold?
Cauliflower Tabbouleh is usually served cold.
Is Tabbouleh healthy?
Most of the ingredients in tabouli are virtually fat free.The bulgur wheat used as the basis of the dish contains no cholesterol and has less than 0.1 percent fat.
Apart from the vitamins and minerals provided by the fresh greens, tomatoes and lemon juice, bulgur is a fantastic source of protein, fibre and essential minerals.
Olive oil comes with countless benefits as well, from helping to lower blood pressure right through to reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
A cup of freshly chopped parsley fulfills your days requirement of vitamin C and vitamin K and folate.
Does tabbouleh contain gluten?
Traditionally tabbouleh is made with bulgur wheat which is a gluten containing grain, however, when prepared with gluten free quinoa instead of bulgur, tabbouleh is 100% gluten free.
- Amount Per ServingCalories194
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 1g 2%
- Saturated Fat 1g 5%
- Sodium 25mg 2%
- Potassium 1365mg 39%
- Total Carbohydrate 51g 17%
- Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
- Sugars 20g
- Protein 8g 16%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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Links to our other Cauliflower recipes
Listed below is our tried and tested Cauliflower recipes,for you to try in your own kitchen.
- Cauliflower Kootu with Idli
- Chettinad Cauliflower Masala Dosa
- Cauliflower and Green Peas Kurma
- Cauliflower Tabbouleh
- Caramelized Cauliflower Frittata
- Cauliflower and Green Peas Curry
The Bottom Line
Ready to taken our Mediterranean Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad with your next meal? Pair it with seafood or chicken and serve it in a party to entertain your guest and watch them turn into raving fans of your culinary delights!
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