Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern bulgur salad redolent with lemon and garlic and chockablock full of fresh herbs. It’s a great summertime meal, when it’s too hot to cook. I like to serve it as a part of a mezze or small plates, accompanied by feta, olives, and hummus. This recipe adds kale to the mix, reducing the amounts of the traditional parsley and mint, and resulting in a healthy hearty and very addictive salad.
Serves 4 to 6
1 1/2 cups bulgur
1 1/4 cups hot water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 bunch curly green kale, tough ribs removed, torn small pieces
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 green onions, white and green parts thinly sliced
1 red jalapeno or fresno chile pepper, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/4 chopped fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 to 2 teaspoons salt, to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine the bulgur, water and lemon juice in a large bowl. Let stand until the liquid is absorbed and the bulgur is tender, about 20 minutes. Add the kale and olive oil and stir for about 1 minute to coat the kale with the oil and soften the leaves. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Taste for seasoning. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to let the flavors develop.
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12 thoughts on “Kale Tabbouleh Salad”
Oh my that sounds divine..
My family rebels at eating many kale recipes. Many times I don’t even mention the kale! But the delightful Tabbouleh Salad would keep them happy! Onions, jalapenos, garlic, lemon, mint and parsley are vivid enough to tame the robust kale.
A great idea! Lovely tabbouleh.
Thank you again for one more recipe for kale, and anything from you I love.
I like that you added kale and jalapeño to your tabbouleh…very flavorful.
Talk about healthy – and when I feel lazy, I use whole wheat couscous instead of bulgar – ready in 5 minutes.
I am always looking for new kale ideas for our garden kale harvest.. thank you for this!
wow I love the idea of this! I have a glut of kale growing at the moment, and adore tabouli. thanks for this, would love to give it a go
This is a lot like what I did last time I made tabbouleh. I love kale and I love the idea of adding a fresh chili for extra flavor!
What a fantastic idea for kale! It looks so refreshing. I think I’ll make this sometime this week 🙂
I’m gonna start calling you the queen of kale….LOVE this!
Great take on tabbouleh, which is something I adore but don’t make often enough – I like the variation that Liz suggested with the whole wheat couscous, gotta try that sometime!
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