Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh Recipe –

This tabbouleh recipe will brighten up any table.

Tabbouleh is a popular Middle Eastern salad usually made with quick-cooking bulgur, finely chopped fresh herbs, plenty of fresh lemon juice and good quality olive oil. You will find tabbouleh on the menu of all Middle Eastern restaurants as an appetizer or to accompany a platter of mezze, Middle Eastern dips, spreads and salads.

Every popular recipe has many variations. The biggest difference between most tabbouleh is the ratio of bulgur to chopped greens. Some are more of a grain salad and some are more leafy, with parsley being the number one ingredient.

In this even lower carb, gluten-free, and keto-friendly tabbouleh recipe, we use shredded cauliflower instead of bulgur. You won’t believe how perfectly this simple substitute complements the flavors of what will be your new favorite salad.

For: 4


  • ½ small cauliflower
  • 2 cups finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (about 3 bunches)
  • ½ cup mint, finely chopped
  • 1 Persian cucumber, chopped (the normal type in Israel)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ small white onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin


For the cauliflower rice:

  1. Cut the cauliflower in half. Cut out the hard core. Cut into pieces that fit in the food processor.
  2. Place the pieces in the food processor. Pulse about 5 times or until the pieces are the size of rice. You can also use a hand grater for this step.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower rice to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 1/2 min. This leaves the cauliflower rice with a bit of crunch – which we love for tabbouleh salad! If you want the cauliflower rice to taste more like real rice, microwave it for 3 minutes.

For the salad:

  1. Literally, add everything to a bowl and mix. But there are a few important tips if you want a more authentic tabbouleh salad:

Tabbouleh Tip #1: It’s all about parsley. Parsley should be the main ingredient in the salad – get fresh parsley!

Tabbouleh tip #2: Make sure the parsley and mint are dry before adding them to the salad. Use paper towels or a wringer. Any extra water in the salad is bad.