Authentic Lebanese Tabouli

The hot temperatures lead to a naturally desire of cooler foods such as salads.  But rather than having just raw vegetable salads, I invite you to branch out into what I call “full meal” salads.  These salads have a combination of whole grains or proteins with cooked or raw vegetables giving them more of a nutritional punch and also balancing the load of raw foods.

In Ayurveda, raw foods are considered cold energetically which means they can be imbalancing in excess for the vata and kapha doshas, both of which are cold or cool by nature.  By contrast, pitta dosha is HOT and is balanced by cold. Yet, even a person with a high amount pitta in their constitution with a strong digestion can become imbalanced if eating too many raw or cold foods.  

Raw foods are also harder to digest so if you are going to eat more raw salads it is important to 1) make sure your digestive system is working well and 2) ideally eat those foods at mid-day when the digestive fire is naturally stronger. 

This recipe is made from the whole grain of wheat – bulgur.  While many people today are challenged by wheat products, my clients often find that when they eat the whole grain versus products made from flour, their bodies do better.  The lemon juice gently stimulates the digestive fires, helping your body process the heavier wheat effectively.

If your pitta dosha is running high, use scallions instead of onions or skip altogether.  Also skip the cayenne pepper.

Authentic Lebanese Tabouli


  • 3 bunches finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2-3 tablespoons fine bulgur
  • 1 chopped firm tomato
  • 1/2 onion or 2 scallions chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Prepare the chopped parsley and mint and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix bulgur, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions/scallions with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  3. Add to them the parsley and mint and olive oil and mix, adjusting seasoning by adding more oil and lemon if desired. 
  4. Serve cool or room temperature, garnished with romaine lettuce or on a bed of mesclun lettuces or arugula.

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