If you ever wished that your salads got better the longer they sat, rather than turning into a soggy mess, then my friends, let me introduce you to one of my favorite dishes: tabouleh. My Grain-Free Tabouleh Salad is a delicious, hearty salad that actually gets better over time. It is a traditional Middle Eastern dish, but my take is grain-free, giving it a fresh and modern twist. Plus, it also happens to be paleo and vegan-friendly, making it a salad that anyone can enjoy!
Some of my favorite dishes to create for the blog are “traditional” Middle Eastern Recipes. I use the word “traditional” in quotes, because as an Armenian-American, my variations of traditional recipes are adapted to fit my more modern diet. Hence, my Grain-Free Tabouleh Salad, which is a take on a traditional tabouleh recipe.
Tabouleh is a dish that I grew up eating, and I remember my dad making the most delicious tabouleh when I was a kid. It was one of my favorite dishes, and I even used to love it as an after school snack!
Traditionally, tabouleh is made with bulgur wheat, which helps to thicken up this salad and make it more hearty and filling. But for someone who can be more sensitive to gluten, bulgur wheat doesn’t always settle well with my system. So, this recipe is one that I can enjoy, even with a sensitive stomach. Think of it less as a way of making a traditional recipe “healthier,” and more of a way of making a traditional, nostalgic dish accessible to those with digestive struggles!
And if you’re someone who struggles in the digestion department, you are not alone. In addition to my Grain Free Tabouleh Salad recipe, I’ve also created my Armenian Cucumber & Tomato Salad and my Ultimate Kale Salad with sensitive digestive systems in mind. You can try them out and thank me later. 😉
You might be wondering how on earth we actually make this Tabouleh salad grain-free, as I mentioned it traditionally contains bulgur wheat. But in this recipe, we’re making it grain-free by using one of my favorite ingredients – cauliflower rice.
Cauliflower is not only gentle on your digestive system, but also is high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. It truly is a super food! The cauliflower rice helps to make this salad more filling, just like the bulgur wheat does, but it’s free of grains and much gentler on your stomach. If you’re someone who is sensitive to grains like I am, then this recipe is perfect for you!
With just a few simple ingredients, this salad comes together beautifully! You can find all of these ingredients at any grocery store, which makes this salad so easy to put together.
Making this salad couldn’t be any easier! Simply start by preparing all of your veggies by chopping them up and adding them to a large bowl.
Next, add in the wet ingredients and the seasoning, and toss to combine.
And that’s it! As mentioned above, this salad only gets better with time, as the flavors really sit and develop. So, feel free to leave this salad in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to one week!
And if you’re wondering what to serve this Grain-Free Tabouleh Salad with, I recommend serving it alongside my Beef Kofta Kebabs for a traditional Armenian meal, my Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken Breasts for a low-carb, yet delicious dinner, and my Armenian Rice Pilaf for a cozy bowl of comfort food.
If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a review and rating below! And, since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations so that I can repost them! xx
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