Looking for a gluten-free tabbouleh recipe? This tabbouleh without bulgur wheat is made with millet instead, but tastes just as delicious.
(This recipe was first published on November 28, 2016 as Lemony Millet Tabbouleh.)
I have a bit of a history with parsley. I remember once as a child stuffing a whole bunch from the garden into my mouth because it looked so pretty and green (and then instantly spitting it out because the taste was way too overpowering)!
Oddly, that first encounter didn’t put me off and over time I’ve learned how to use this little herb properly.
One of my favourite recipes to include parsley in is tabbouleh. It's a light but satisfying Middle Eastern salad that traditionally combines delicious bulgur wheat with fresh parsley and tomatoes.
For anyone who's gluten-free however, bulgur wheat is a no-no, so here I've made my own take on this recipe using gluten-free millet instead. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Gluten-free Millet Tabbouleh - The Recipe
This tabbouleh recipe is great because it’s packed with iron-rich ingredients (millet and parsley), AND ingredients that contain vitamin C to help absorb the iron (tomatoes and lemon). The perfect combination!
It's also a very easy salad to make, where the ingredients are the stars. I recommend using the tastiest tomatoes you can find as the flavours stand out in this recipe and you’ll notice if they are bland.
Also, be generous with the parsley as the recipe suggests - embrace the strong flavour and feel good about eating extra greens!
The pine nuts are totally optional and can be replaced with toasted sunflower seeds if you'd like to make this recipe a little cheaper, or removed altogether for a seed/nut-free version.
Finally, this tabbouleh salad can be eaten as a side dish or a main course. If you decide to eat it as a main, the full portion should feed one person. As a side dish, it will feed two.
Gluten-free Millet Tabbouleh (vegan)
- ½ dry cup millet, cooked as per package instructions
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- ¾ cup parsley, finely chopped
- 1 cup diced tomato
- ½ cup diced cucumber
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1½ tsp apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup toasted pine nuts (or sunflower seeds if preferred)
- Salt and pepper
- In a large bowl, mix the cooked millet with the garlic, parsley, tomato, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice and pine nuts.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and mix a little more.
- Divide the salad between two bowls and serve as a delicious side dish – or eat the whole lot as a meal on its own!
If you’ve tried this tabbouleh recipe, please leave a comment or tip for others below. I'd love to know how you’ve made it your own!