Requires LOTS of prep - but absolutely worth it! We're meat-eaters who try to go meatless 3 or 4 nights a week, and this was perfect for us. Tasty and filling (not to mention very pretty!). Like some of the other reviewers, I subbed feta and also doubled the amount (mostly because I didn't want to waste it, but after trying the dish I can't imagine it with less).
Spicy Southwestern Tabbouleh
sukeedog Posted: 06/30/10
macyjoliemom Posted: 08/26/10
This recipe was fabulous! I loved the southwest take on tabbouleh and the flavors melded beautifully. I was concerned about the different spices in the dressing, but it all mixed together well. Will definitely make this often.
Jessie123 Posted: 07/06/10
I make traditional tabbouleh each week so I was interested in seeing how different this would be. It was a yummy. I really like the spice kick it has. I halved the recipe for just my husband and I but I wish I had made the whole batch. I used feta instead of queso fresco and used a little more hot sauce to give it some more kick.
HipMominIndiana Posted: 06/20/10
Really great recipe! It is spicy as the title suggests but not too much. I cut back on the onions just a bit, added a little more avocado and 2 oz of the cheese instead of 1oz. (I know, I know that this added to the calorie count but it immensely increased our enjoyment of it!) Easy recipe and wonderful flavor!
OKNancy Posted: 07/25/10
This is the way to make tabbouleh! We absolutely love the combination. The first time, I added a little diced jicama because I had it on hand, and the second time doubled the recipe so that we would have leftovers. I think the next time I make it, I will cut back a bit on the olive oil though.
BridgetChicago Posted: 07/02/10
Super tasty and healthy, except for the cheese of course. Could scale back the olive oil, 1/4 c. was a little bit heavy for me. Eliminated the spice for the kids and added it back in for my husband and me. There is some prep involved but this can easily be done ahead of time!
kandoit Posted: 07/26/10
Having never made this recipe before I took a big chance, tripled the recipe (stuck to the original) to serve 15 with grilled skirt steak on a camping trip and came out a winner. It was fabulous! A great make-ahead dish and now friends are asking for the recipe.
DillyElle Posted: 08/18/10
This a a fabulous mix of ingredients and pleased my whole family and group of friends at our lake home last week. It is versatile, healthy & tastes so good that I could eat it three meals a day!
MileHighImprov Posted: 04/18/11
I was in a pinch for a side to go with grilled chicken last night and I found this recipe. I didn't have all of the ingredients, so I made a few substitutions and it still turned out fantastic. I didn't have queso fresco, so I used feta. I also didn't have jalapeño or avocado, so I just left them out. I agree that the olive oil is way too much. I used about a teaspoon with the bulgar, then about 1 T with the salad. This is a great baseline recipe that I can see a lot of fun possibilities...
Isabelamelia Posted: 05/21/12
I have made this several times, always to rave reviews. I usually reduce the olive oil to 2 tablespoons and add a little extra lemon or lime juice. I use Cotija or feta cheese. Delicious!
jimmyblueyes Posted: 03/12/13
This probably works well as a side dish with barbecued spare ribs or grilled chicken, but I followed the recipe exactly, then attempted to serve it as an entree to vegetarians. That full cup of red onions overwhelms everything! After a few forkfuls, that's all we could taste: our palates were numb from raw onions. So as published, this recipe was a dud. I might try it again without the red onions at all. (And to those of you who substituted Feta, please know that it bears no resemblance to Queso Fresco, probably my favorite ingredient in this recipe.) It's a lot easier to stick to the Old School version of Tabbouleh from the Middle East.
loonchick Posted: 07/30/13
This is a wonderful take on tabbouleh! I was worried that the many ingredients may have created an odd tasting dish but quite the contrary! So delicious!! My changes included swapping feta and using Vidalia onion. Regarding the reviewer who called this recipe a dud due to the red onion: in my experience red onion varies wildly in heat and pungency. I personally don't care for strong onions and find Vidalia (or other sweet) onions are what work for me when raw onions are called for.