CARE Recipe: Tomato Cucumber Tabouli (Incredible fresh side to pair with grain and grilled protein)

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CARE Recipe: Tomato Cucumber Tabouli

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This recipe is a simple variation of the Cauliflower Quinoa Tabouli recipe. I love four things about both these recipes: 1) remarkable amounts of nutrition and therapeutic properties, 2) the freshness, 3) the burst of flavors in every bite from mincing the veggies, and 4) that it’s a great failproof template to mix and match veggies and acids (like lemon juice and vinegar) to create endless varieties (which leads to #1 being on your plate more often!). After making it just a few times it has already nestled comfortably into my mental cookbook.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 6 Roma tomatoes, minced
  • 3 cucumbers, minced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 celery stalks, minced
  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley, minced

For Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon sushi vinegar (rice vinegar with a pinch of sugar mixed in could be substituted; or just original lemon juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch ground black pepper (to taste)


  1. Start by putting all dressing ingredients in an extra large mixing bowl. Whisk to mix.
  2. Then add all remaining ingredients to dressing. Toss to coat well.
  3. Portion and enjoy!


  • For this version, I kept the original Cauliflower Quinoa Tabouli recipe as is except for the following substitutions (based on what I had in my crisper at the time): Did not use any riced cauliflower, quinoa, mint, or garlic powder; instead of cauliflower I added more tomato and cucumber; and finally, I didn’t have fresh lemon juice ready so substituted sushi vinegar (lightly sweetened rice vinegar).
  • I enjoyed this two ways in my meal plan: 1) As a snack: used a smaller portion (1 cup) along with a single serving of pretzel sticks, and 2) As my main leafy & tender for dinner along with a serving of grain and grilled protein


  • Calories: 114
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 205mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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