Gluten-free Millet Tabbouleh (vegan)

Overhead shot of one white enamel bowl of Gluten-free Millet Tabbouleh on a white plaster background surrounded by forks, parsley leaves and a napkin. The tabbouleh contains tomatoes, parsley and cucumber.

Looking for a gluten-free tabbouleh recipe? This tabbouleh without bulgur wheat is made with millet instead, but tastes just as delicious.

Image shows two bowls of Gluten-free Millet Tabbouleh on a white plaster background. The tabbouleh contains tomatoes, parsley and cucumber. One bowl is round and one is rectangular. Both are white with blue piping and have forks in.

(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!

Image shows one bowl of Gluten-free Millet Tabbouleh on a white plaster background. The tabbouleh contains cucumber, parsley and cucumber. Behind it is a plate with scattered parsley leaves.

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.

Overhead shot of one white enamel bowl of Middle Eastern salad on a white plaster background surrounded by forks, parsley leaves and a napkin. The salad contains tomatoes, parsley, millet and cucumber.

Gluten-free Millet Tabbouleh (vegan)

Looking for a gluten-free tabbouleh recipe? This tabbouleh without bulgur wheat is made with millet instead, but tastes just as delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: gluten-free, healthy, Mediterranean, vegan, vegetarian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 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
  • tsp apple cider vinegar
  • cup toasted pine nuts (or sunflower seeds if preferred)
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • 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!

This gluten-free tabbouleh goes really well with my Simple Chickpea Fritters, or Easy Beet & Black Bean Burgers. Why not give them a try?

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!

Image shows one bowl of Gluten-free Millet Tabbouleh on a white plaster background. The tabbouleh contains tomatoes, parsley and cucumber. Behind it is a plate with scattered parsley leaves. The easiest gluten free tabbouleh recipe you'll find! Made with millet instead of bulgur wheat, it's quick to make (10 minutes) and tastes great as a light dinner or hearty side dish. #tabbouleh #glutenfree #vegan #millet #quickrecipes #healthy #sidedish #dinner #lunch

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