Cauliflower Tabbouleh

A low carb, gluten free, wheat free and paleo friendly version of the classic Middle Eastern salad using cauliflower rice.
overhead photo of plate of cauliflower tabbouleh

The salad is so refreshing, light and easy. And I really adore this cauliflower version.

I’ll admit I’ve tried to substitute cauliflower rice in many dishes and recipes and it doesn’t always work. But I think this one really works. It helps that the original dish is already a salad, so adding the cauliflower rice just makes it even lighter and more salad-like.
close-up of spoonful of cauliflower tabbouleh
This salad can be made ahead of time so it’s also perfect to bring to a party as a side dish.
plate of cauliflower tabbouleh

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Recipe notes

  • This salad only takes a few minutes to put together but it does need to sit in the fridge to marinate for better flavor, so plan ahead accordingly.
  • You can make your own cauliflower rice by grating cauliflower with a cheese grater. But many grocery stores now sell already riced cauliflower. I usually use frozen cauliflower rice (Costco brand and Whole Foods 365) for convenience.

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
chill time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 5

A lightened up, low carb, paleo friendly version of the classic Middle Eastern salad using cauliflower rice.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups raw cauliflower rice
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers about ¼ inch squares
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves
  • 2 scallions green section only
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add cauliflower rice to a large microwave-safe glass bowl and cook in the microwave by heating at one minute intervals until cauliflower is just cooked (tender but still a little crisp). You can also cook the cauliflower on the stove. Drain and set aside to allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, add cucumbers and tomatoes.
  3. Add parsley, mint, scallions to a food processor and chop until herbs are finely chopped. You can also chop by hand if you do not have a food processor.
  4. Add in olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper to taste. I recommend starting with about 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Blend until everything is just mixed. Herbs should stay small, but this will allow the flavor of the herbs to infuse into the dressing. Again, this can also be done by hand by whisking the ingredients together. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.

  5. Add cauliflower to the large bowl with cucumbers and tomatoes. Drizzle sauce into bowl. Mix and toss until everything is evenly coated in dressing. Refrigerate salad for at least 1 hour to allow the ingredients to marinate in the dressing. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Notes:

  • This salad only takes a few minutes to put together but it does need to sit in the fridge to marinate for better flavor, so plan ahead accordingly.
  • You can make your own cauliflower rice by grating cauliflower head with a cheese grater. But many grocery stores sell already riced cauliflower. I usually use frozen cauliflower rice (Costco brand and Whole Foods 365) for convenience.
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Tabbouleh
Amount Per Serving (0.2 of recipe)
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 77
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.6g 13%
Saturated Fat 1.2g 6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 66.4mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2.8g 11%
Sugars 2.4g
Protein 1.8g 4%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 76%
Calcium 5%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.
Cauliflower Tabbouleh. A low carb, paleo, gluten free and grain free version of tabbouleh using cauliflower rice. This salad dish is light and refreshing.

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