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The Best Greek Tabbouleh

My vegan Greek Tabbouleh is full of fresh herbs, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  This easy meal is both refreshing and filling.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 5
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For the couscous:

  • 1 ½ cups couscous
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika, optional, but recommended

For the veggies and herbs:

  • 1/3 cup scallion, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup cucumber, small chop
  • ¾ cup tomato, small chop
  • ½ cup cilantro, minced
  • ½ cup parsley, minced

To Finish:

  • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste


Make the couscous

  • Add the couscous to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the top. Now sprinkle the salt, minced garlic, and smoked paprika over the couscous.

Boil the water

  • In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  • Once boiling, pour the water over the top of the couscous.

Steam the couscous

  • Shake the bowl around a few times so that the water is mostly evenly distributed. Put a clean dish towel or plate over the mixing bowl to cover the couscous. Let the couscous steam for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, uncover the bowl, and fluff the couscous with a fork.

Chop/mince the veggies and herbs

  • While the couscous cools, chop the veggies and mince the herbs. It really doesn’t matter what order you do this in, but my preferred order follows:
  • Cucumber, scallion, cilantro, parsley, tomato. This way, my cutting board stays free of juice (for the most part) until the very end.
  • I mix each veggie/herb into the couscous as soon as I have finished chopping/mincing it.

Add the lemon juice

  • Once you have added all the veggies and herbs to the couscous, add 1 tsp of lemon juice. Then stir it all together.

Let the flavors incorporate and serve

  • Let the couscous sit for 15 minutes. Taste, and add anther tsp of lemon juice, if desired.
  • Serve with a side of hummus and enjoy!


Make this dish gluten-fee by using quinoa in place of the couscous.
This dish is vegan.
This dish is vegetarian.