Grain Free Tabbouleh

Low carb recipe for tabboule

I gave my favorite Armenian salad a Real Healthy Makeover!

Tabbouleh is a beloved side dish in B’s family. The recipe originated in Syria and was then spread to Armenia and other neighboring countries. Traditionally the salad is made with bulgur, a cereal made from durum wheat, however it’s the other ingredients that give tabbouleh its amazing flavor.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, finely chopped parsley, mint, onion, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt are the true heart of this flavorful dish.

In recent years, tabbouleh has become a popular dish in the US. You’ve probably seen it at the salad bar in Whole Foods or served in your local deli.

I absolutely love the flavors of this classic salad, but the bulgur was a problem. Too many carbs and too many calories.

So I decided to try shredded jicama in place of the bulgur. This removed the gluten and grains from the dish, making it lighter, lower in carbs and more refreshing. This Real Healthy Tabbouleh is truly delicious! You get to enjoy all of the flavors of classic tabbouleh without the repercussions of the bulgur. Enjoy!

Grain Free Tabbouleh
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
5.0 from 2 reviews

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Serves 12

  • 1 jicama
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • ½ cup fresh mint
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  1. Peel the jicama and cut into 1 inch pieces. Run the pieces through a food processor with the grating attachment so that it is finely shredded. Place the shredded jicama in a large bowl.
  2. Finely chop the green onions, mint, parsley, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Add to the bowl.
  3. In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, pepper and garlic. Mix well then pour over the salad. Toss. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve chilled.

Calories: 49     Fat: 2     Carbohydrates: 6     Sugar: 0     Sodium: 72     Fiber: 2     Protein: 1    
Low carb recipe for tabbouleh

This grain free tabbouleh recipe is light, refreshing and lower in carbs.


  • Kaye Reid October 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Do you have the nutrition information for the Grain-free Tabbouleh? Thanks.

    • Diana May 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Kaye,

      Here’s the nutrition info for the Grain Free Tabbouleh

      Calories: 49 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 6 Sodium: 72 Fiber: 2 Protein: 1

      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Danielle May 5, 2017 at 1:46 am

    My husband and I are on day 4 of our first Whole 30 so we have to avoid grains and legumes. Both of us have never had jicama before. We made this tonight as a side to Greek marinaded pork tenderloin. It was such a fantastic meal. The salad is so light and summery. We will make it again and I will be checking out more of your site. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Diana May 8, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Hi Danielle,

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

      Feel free to reach out with any questions. Happy cooking! 🙂

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