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easy tabbouleh recipe

📋Easy Tabbouleh Recipe

This easy Tabbouleh recipe is a  traditional Mediterranean dish perfect for the hot summer, a mix of couscous with fresh vegetables marinated in extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. It is refreshing and it does not require any cooking.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Diet Low Fat, Vegan
Keyword couscous salad, easy tabbouleh, tabouli
Prep Time 20 minutes
Resting time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 229kcal


Prepare the couscous

For the salad


Prepare the couscous

  • Pour 1 cup of couscous into a large bowl and season it well with olive oil. Best to stir with a fork
  • Add 1 tsp of salt to the couscous and stir
  • Add the boiling water and stir stir thoroughly
  • Let it rest for 15 minutes
  • Stir with a fork every once in a while making sure the grains remain loose. If needed add more olive oil.
  • Optional: Grate the lemon zest avoiding the white of the lemon as it will taste bitter (Only do this with a non-waxed lemon)

Prepare the seasoning

  • Wash and dry the parsley and the mint and separate the leaves.
  • Mince the leaves with the lemon juice in a small food processor. Filter the lemon juice to make sure there are no seeds. The herbs should be very finely chopped.
  • Add the herbs to the couscous and mix all with a fork making sure the couscous is nicely loose and mixed with all the herbs. Avoid lumps!

Add the vegetables

  • Cut the red onion into very small pieces
  • Cut the tomatoes into small pieces making sure you keep all the juices. Cut the red pepper in the same size as the tomatoes and add all the ingredients to the couscous
  • Add the extra virgin olive oil and stir well
  • Let it rest for 1 or 2 hours and taste for seasoning. If needed add the seasoning hours before serving. Best to let it rest overnight



  • To stir the couscous is better to use a fork to make sure the grains get separated and do not form lumps.
  • Filter the lemon juice to make sure there are no seeds
  • Best to make the day before and let it rest overnight
  • You can use vinegar instead of lemon juice
  • To make it healthier add much more parsley and less couscous


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 901IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg