Recipes Browser

Share on facebook
Creative Commons License

Syrian Cooking by Ghinwa Alameen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at Terms of Use Agreement
Tabouli Salad


A staple salad at Syrian restaurants, this colorful dish is made with the freshest ingredients, bring spring time to any table. Finely-chopped parsley, tomato and burgul are dressed with lemon and olive oil. Reserve your best olive oil for this dish as it showcases its full flavor!








  • 2 bunches (or 1 1/2 cup densely-packed) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomato
  • 1cup finely chopped cucumber (optional), peel and seed if using American cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup fine burgul (bulgur) #1
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves or 2 teaspoon dried mint leaves
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 paprika
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • A little black pepper
  • Some lettuce leaves for serving


  1. In a bowl, soak burgul with room-temperature water to cover and leave for 20 minutes. Drain the water while pressing the burgul to remove all excess water. Burgul should not have a bite after soaking.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients in a big bowl, except salt. Add burgul and mix well.
  3. Reserve in a refrigerator. Add salt right before serving. Adding salt earlier will cause the other veggies to welt and make tabouli soggy.
  4. Serve in lettuce leaves/cups. Tabouli taste great with other Syrian mezze dishes such as Safiha (Mini Meat Pies), Baba Ghanouj, and Kibbeh bil sanieh (Kibbeh Pie).

Makes 3-4 servings

Comments (2)
  • Mimi  - Great recipes!
    Your recipes are wonderful! You should write a cookbook, such delicious and healthy recipes.

    I am so sorry for the disruption in your country. I hope you and your family have found a safe place.

    My thoughts and my prayers for your safety...
  • Anonymous
    Jazak Allah
Only registered users can write comments!
More articles :

» Beewaz (parsley salad)

This easy-to-make salad is a must-have with grilled meat such as  and grilled chicken. Use it as a bed under your kabab or to add a crisp fresh touch to grilled meat sandwiches. 

» Red Burgul Pilaf

The rich nutty flavor of burgul is combined with the freshness of tomatoes and peppers to cook this easy and yummy dish. Meat is optional. 

» Syrian Everyday Salad

This is the traditional everyday salad in Syria. It can also be referred to as 'Arabic salad' or 'salad'. Tomato, cucumber, green pepper and lemon all make for a crunchy and refreshing salad in those hot summer days. 

» Dawood Basha (Syrian Meatballs)

If you like meatballs, try the Syrian tasty and fresh version. Meatballs are flavored and cooked in a tomato-herb sauce and served with rice. This is a quick and yummy recipes for your busy days. 

» Fasolia blahmi (Green bean stew)

Green beans is slowly cooked with ground beef and tomato. It is served with rice and Syrian salad on the side. An easy and healthy dish for your busy days if you have already-cut green beans. 
Syrian Cooking Facebook Page
Follow Me
RSS Feeds