Grandma's Armenian Tabuli Recipe 🌱 | Naturally Plant-based Recipes

This is my grandmas recipe for Armenian Tabuli. (There was no such thing as too much lemon for my grandma and many Armenians feel the same) We used the same bowl when we made it together so this is a special one to me! My mom gave me this beautiful apron from Armenia that I had to debut in this photo. My mom requested this recipe which was a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day and grandma too. 🥰😍
It’s a very healthy, naturally vegan dish full of fresh herbs and vegetables. It’s perfect as a side dish to any grilled foods or can serve as a hearty meal on its own. It’s traditionally made from bulgar- a healthy whole grain typical in Armenia. But many people use quinoa now for a gluten-free alternative. The best part about using bulgar- no cooking required. Just soak the grain 20-30 minutes and it blooms and is ready to eat. This is a dish that gets better as it sits in the fridge to marinate and keeps a few days to a week.
From my kitchen to yours, the recipe is full of a lot of love. It’s my gift to you!

Grandma’s Armenian Tabuli


* 1 cup fine or small bulgur wheat**
* 2-3 cups water
* 1 cup finely chopped green onions
* 1 cup finely chopped mint
* 1 cup finely chopped parsley
* ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
* 2-3 lemons
* 2-3 tomatoes, finely diced (optional)
* ½-1 cucumber finely diced (optional)
* ½-1 teaspoon salt
* freshly cracked pepper

**You may need to go to a health food store or Middle Eastern specialty market to find this. You can alternatively use brown rice, barley, or quinoa and cool it down before mixing with the salad ingredients.


1. Add 1 cup fine bulgur into a large serving bowl. Add water until bulgur is just covered. Let sit for 30 minutes until almost all water is absorbed. If water is not all absorbed after 30 minutes, drain by holding paper towel over bowl tightly and drain. If all water is absorbed before 30 minutes, add more water to keep bulgur moist.

2. While bulgur is soaking, chop all herbs and vegetables. Mix the olive oil and lemon juice. Add more lemon juice if desired.

3. When bulgur is ready, add herbs. Salt to taste.

soaking the bulgar in water
mix it up!