Whole30 Tabouli

Tabouli is a delicious, Mediterranean dish that is traditionally used with bulgar wheat, couscous, or sometimes quinoa.  I love this dish because its incredibly refreshing and packed full with flavor due to the large amounts of fresh herbs and lemon juice used.  The tomatoes and cucumbers at as sponges absorbing these flavors, too!  So it came to me that I could used cauliflower rice instead of a grain.  With this thought in mind, I had to test it out.  I’m so glad that I did because it has instantly become on of my favorite Whole30 dishes.  All week long (when I wasn’t sick that is) I took some tabouli for lunch along with some chicken in a separate container.  I would heat up the chicken and then add it to the tabouli in a bowl.  This has become my new favorite lunch.  I can definitely see me making this as a side dish to share at a BBQ this summer.

Whole30 Tabouli
Serves 6-8
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, riced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 firm Roma tomatoes, very finely chopped
  • 1 English cucumber , very finely chopped  (you can use a regular peeled cucumber, just remove the seeds)
  • 2 bunches parsley, part of the stems removed, washed and well-dried, very finely chopped
  • 12-15 fresh mint leaves, stems removed, washed, well-dried, very finely chopped
  • 4 green onions, white and green parts, very finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 3-4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a food processor, pulse the parts of cauliflower you would normally eat in batches until the cauliflower resembles rice.  It’s important to not over crowd the processor.  You don’t want to end up with cauliflower mush.
  2. Using a large frying pan, heat 1 tbs of olive oil over medium heat.  Add cauliflower and finely chopped garlic.  Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring every few minutes or so.  When the texture is similar to rice, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Very finely chop the vegetables, herbs and green onions as indicated above. Be sure to place the tomatoes in a colander to drain excess juice.
  4. Place the chopped vegetables, herbs and green onions in a mixing bowl or dish. Add the cauliflower rice and season with salt. Mix gently.
  5. Now add the the lemon juice and olive oil and mix again.
  6. For best results, cover the tabouli and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  An hour is even better.
The finer you chop the vegetables, the better. See additional tips above.
To serve a smaller crowd, simply cut the recipe in half.
You can keep tabouli refrigerated in a tight-lid container for 2 days or so. Stir tabouli before serving leftovers.
Making some Whole30 Tabouli?  Let me know by commenting below or using the hashtag #eatmovelivelove on Facebook or Instagram!  I would love to hear how it turned out!

Published by Heather Stuyvesant

Heather started her yoga journey back in 2003 and instantly realized the peace that lies in grounding your presence into the body and getting out of the cyclical patterns of the mind. It wasn’t until 2015 that consistency landed in her practice as a result finding her home studio, PowerLife in Des Moines. In 2018, she completed her 200-hour yoga training at PowerLife and has been teaching ever since. Heather maps out her yoga classes to be challenging and empowering for beginners and advanced yogis alike. Her classes are themed to assist you in embracing your higher purpose and guide you on your path of self-illumination. During her classes, you can expect a thoughtful playlist of melodic beats to transport you deeper into the body as you journey on your mat. In addition to teaching at PowerLife, Heather offers personalzed, private instruction; whether that be one-on-one or in a group setting. When not teaching, you can catch Heather on her mat (yoga and sculpt), dancing care-free at a Phish show, working on her handstand, spending time with her husband and three kids, practicing the art of contemplation and embracing the lifelong path of self-illumination.

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