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Kalyn’s Tabbouleh with Almonds

My favorite version of Tabbouleh Salad is Kalyn’s Tabbouleh with Almonds, and I use a very generous amount of almonds, parsley, and mint and much less bulgur wheat to make this a more carb-conscious version of Tabbouleh! My favorite Tabbouleh is vegan, low-glycemic and South Beach Diet Phase Two or Three. Use Vegan Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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In my pre-South Beach Diet days this Tabbouleh (also spelled Tabbouli and Tabouli) is something I would often take to pot-lucks and summer barbecues, and it got the name Kalyn’s Tabbouleh with Almonds because people would ask each other, “Have you tried Kalyn’s Tabbouleh with Almonds?” And even though I’ve always used a pre-seasoned tabbouleh mix for the bulgur part in my Tabbouleh recipe, years ago I had a woman from Lebanon come to a party at my house, and she went crazy over my version.

Tabbouleh is another one of those classic middle eastern recipes that I loved from the first time I tasted it. Many people like tomatoes or cucumbers in Tabbouleh, but this combination is the one I make over and over. Of course, you can add tomatoes and cucumbers if you prefer, which would make even more lower-carb ingredients in proportion to the bulgur. And definitely bulgur wheat won’t work for gluten-free diets, but you can make Tabbouleh with quinoa, and that gluten-free version is also delicious.

(Kalyn’s Tabbouleh with Almonds was updated with new photos and step-by-step instructions, July 2016.)

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You can tell this is a long-time favorite, because for years I would buy the mix in bulk and I had the recipe written on the lid of the jar.  I always bought the mix from Smith’s Marketplace, but last time I went to get it, it had disappeared from the bulk foods. Now I buy a box mix and dump it into my jar!

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This mix from Fantastic Foods is the one I use most often these days (and no, they are not paying me to write about it, just in case you’re wondering.) Mix the dried tabouli mix with water, olive oil, and lemon juice and let it stand for a couple of hours, until the liquid and oil is absorbed.

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After a few hours fluff the Tabbouleh with a large spoon or fork, chop the parsley and mint, stir in the slivered almonds, and season with Spike Seasoning and Vege-Sal to taste. Tabbouleh will keep in the fridge for a day or two, but it’s definitely best the day you make it when the herbs are still fresh.

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I love this photo of a Middle Eastern salad, in a bowl from Turkey, with forks from Kenya, and a placemat from Thailand!

Make it a Meal:

Kalyn’s Tabbouleh Salad with Almonds would taste great with Very Greek Grilled Chicken. You could add Middle Eastern Tomato Salad (another recipe favorite!) for the perfect combination to go with it.

More Versions of Tabbouli, Tabouli, or Tabbouleh!

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad with Parsley and Mint from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Tabbouleh from David Lebovitz
Making Tabbouleh from Desert Candy
Turkish Tabbouleh from Almost Turkish Recipes

Kalyn's Tabbouleh with Almonds

This Tabbouleh Salad is made with almonds and less bulgur wheat.


  • 1 cup tabbouleh mix (See Notes)
  • 7/8 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (measure after chopping)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint (measure after chopping)
  • 1-2 cups slivered almonds (or less, to taste)
  • Spike Seasoning to taste, about 1-2 tsp. (highly recommended, I would never leave this out)
  • Vege-Sal or salt to taste


  1. Mix dry tabbouleh mix, water, olive oil, and lemon juice in a container with a lid and let sit in refrigerator several hours.
  2. When ready to make salad, wash parsley and mint in salad spinner.
  3. Then chop finely with large chef’s knife or in food processor.
  4. Mix mint and parsley into tabbouleh mixture.
  5. Stir in almonds, Vege-Sal and Spike.
  6. This Tabbouleh Salad with Almonds will keep for 1-2 days in refrigerator, but best eaten fresh. (After it’s been in the fridge I sometimes add a little more olive oil and Spike to perk it up.)


The Fantastic Foods brand of Tabbouleh mix is my favorite in a box, or use bulk mix from the health food store.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
make Tabbouleh with quinoa, which would be much higher in protein, although this would probably still be too high in carbs for strict low-carb eating plans.

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    21 Comments on “Kalyn’s Tabbouleh with Almonds”

  1. I've never tried tabbouleh before. This looks really interesting and flavorful, it's on my list for the summer now!

  2. Interesting…had never thought of using Almonds in a tabbouleh…will give it a try 🙂

  3. Thanks Elizabeth and Sam. When I've made my own I felt like I never got it quite seasoned perfect like the mix was!

  4. I too love tabbouleh and the more parsley the better. And I certainly don't turn my nose up at the premix. Sometimes it's all I can find.

  5. The mix you made is a great idea0 thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Lydia I may have to try the falafel mix now! I do think it's true that in other countries they use cooking shortcuts just like many people do here. I once had a Filipino friend tell me to use the package mix for Adobo sauce!

  7. I really think it's fine to use a mix, when it's a mix of real spices. I use a mix to make falafel sometimes, and it was a Lebanese cook who first suggested it to me! She told me "nobody makes it from scratch". Well, I didn't believe that, but it's true that the mix tastes better than my from-scratch version.

  8. I found your post while eating tabbouleh for lunch and goggling for variations! I make Ina Garten’s version all the time, but I tend to get tired of eating the same thing, so thanks for the inspiration!=)

    P.S. For tabbouleh with tomatoes, if you’re making tabbouleh to keep for a few days in the fridge, leave the tomatoes out till just before serving. Otherwise they turn really mushy sitting in the mixture with lemon juice.

  9. I do love tabbouleh, and this version I must try!

  10. Hi everyone,
    Back to teaching school for me today (although the kids don’t come for a while) so I don’t get a chance to respond individually to comments when I’m actually (supposed to be) working all day. But I do read them all, and I’m glad people seem to approve of my tabbouleh with not so much bulgur and lots of parsley!

  11. Hooray, tabbouleh with bulgur in the right proportion. I was so excited about that, that I didn’t notice there were no tomatoes until Lydia mentioned it! One of my sons once told me off for putting too much bulgur in my tabbouleh, his mum has taught him well. Nothing wrong with almonds either, they’re a traditional Middle Eastern ingredient.

  12. hi there 🙂 this looks amazing, as all of your recipes do! i LOVE your blog, thanks for sharing so many fresh and healthy recipes.

    i’m a new blooger myself and i would love feedback, if you ever get the chance.


  13. This sounds really worth making! I haven’t made tabbouleh before, but I tasted it for the first time yesterday. I was on a charity walk and my friend and I swapped a wrap. He had made it up using similar ingredients, but added pepper and mushroom. He spread the wrap with a lovely spicy chutney, it was heavenly!
    I am definitely going to try your recipe and if I have any left over I will put it in a wrap!

  14. I bet the almonds add a nice crunch! Great idea! I also buy that brand…the mix is actually good:)

  15. Almonds in tabbouleh?…I love that!! Yum, this sounds great. They must add a nice texture, huh? I’m trying this one for sure…thanks!

  16. Tabbouleh is new to me, but the photo is impeccable! great recipe…

  17. Mmm, I love tabouleh, it looks delicious.

  18. I love tabbouleh, and this one looks really tasty!

  19. Nice to see a tabbouleh variation without tomatoes, which I think tend to water it down somewhat. This all-green version with nuts looks lovely!

  20. hey, I too just made Taboulé the other day and blog about it. Mine uses Couscous and have lots of tomatoes and cucumbers.