Best-Ever Tabouli Armenian Salad

Hands down the Best-Ever Tabouli Armenian Salad!  I guarantee that once you try it, this is one of those salads you'll keep coming back to time and time again to accompany your favorite Armenian meal (or any kind of meal)!

Perfect proportions of vegetables and herbs vs. bulgur are part of what makes this recipe so great. My Aunt Rosemary O'Rullian, who made every one feel extra special when they were entertained at her house, documented this recipe for our family. In fact, I would describe this tabouli as a cheerful salad, which reminds me of Aunt Rosemary's sunny personality.

Although relatively simple, the fresh taste of parsley and mint, combined with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing is positively out-of-this world, or as my Aunt Rosemary would say, “simply scrumptious.”

tabouli armenian salad

What ingredients do I need to make Tabouli Armenian Salad?

  • Fine bulgur wheat: Loved for its fluffy texture, bulgur wheat comes from hulled wheat berries that have been parboiled, dried, ground and sifted into a fine grain. Some brands sell this as Bulgur #1 (with the number referring to the size of the grain).

  • Olive oil: Preferably extra-virgin olive oil, which not only tastes delicious but provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemons are definitely best, since the lemon flavor plays such a starring role in this recipe.

  • Parsley: Fresh, curly parsley will help provide texture to the salad.

  • Green onions: Also known as scallions, these onions provide just the right mild onion flavor for this recipe.

  • Mint leaves: You guessed it! Fresh is best.  If you're doing a lot of Armenian cooking, it may be time to consider growing your own mint.  I recommend growing mint in a container, or else you may find it overtaking other parts of your herb garden.

  • Tomatoes: Garden-ripe or vine-ripe tomatoes are ideal, since you'll want bright-colored, flavorful tomatoes diced up in your salad.

  • Cucumbers: English cucumbers are well-suited to tabouli. Peel all of the skin or stripes of skin from the cucumbers to prevent tasting too much bitterness.  

  • Romaine lettuce: Tall, crisp green leaves provide a satisfying texture.

How do I make Tabouli Armenian Salad?

Place bulgur in a bowl; cover with water. Bulgur will swell. Keep adding water for about 3 hours. Finally drain very well.

Soak fine bulgur

Make the dressing. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Tabouli olive oil and lemon dressing

Mix all vegetables thoroughly.

Tabouli Armenian Salad

Add the bulgur and toss with dressing.Combine ingredients for Tabouli Armenian Salad

Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving. 

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  • The Stuffed Grape Leaf on

    Laura, if possible, shop for fine bulgur wheat at an Armenian or middle eastern grocery store. Often, it will be marked as bulgur #1 (with the number referring to the size of the grain). Although Bob’s Red Mill sells a type of bulgur, from my experience, it isn’t as fine, but could still be used if there are no other options. You could also order the bulgur from Amazon at the link included in my recipe.

  • Laura on

    Where do you buy your bulgur wheat? About how much water do you add intermittently for 3 hours?

  • Allison on

    I was lucky enough to eat this very batch and it was the best I had ever had.

  • Chrissie on

    Those references to Grandma Rosemary are so sweet. I could totally hear her voice saying “simply scrumptious!” This salad reminds me of her too.

  • Jackie Jenkins on

    Love this salad! Delicious and healthy too!!

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