Cauliflower Artichoke Tabbouleh

July 4, 2019

Cauliflower Artichoke Tabbouleh is a healthier, lower carb twist on traditional tabbouleh!  With lots of fresh herbs, lively lemon juice and artichokes, it’s perfect for spring!

Cauliflower Artichoke Tabbouleh - Overhead hero shot in white bowl on light gray background with light gray napkin

Here in the South, mint is one of the first herbs to poke its freshness out of the ground in the spring.  When that happens, I start to crave one of my favorite salads on earth:  Tabbouleh!

Tabbouleh (also spelled tabouli) is a traditional Middle Eastern salad made with bulgur wheat, lemon juice, olive oil and lots of parsley and mint.  A true tabbouleh is actually an herb salad with a little bulgur mixed in.  Cucumbers and tomatoes are sometimes added.  I love any version but I think this Cauliflower Artichoke Tabbouleh takes the prize!

Over the weekend, I started to make a simple cauliflower tabbouleh to use up a head that was getting past its prime.  I didn’t intend to share it here because cauliflower tabbouleh isn’t new.

However, some artichokes from another recipe I’ll be sharing soon caught my eye and I decided to try cauliflower and artichokes together.  Good call on my part because this cauliflower tabbouleh is definitely worth sharing!

how to make cauliflower artichoke tabbouleh:

  • Grate a medium-to-large head of cauliflower on a large-hole box grater to create “rice.”
  • Alternately, use a food processor.  However, you’ll need to be careful because cauliflower has a lot of water and it’s easy to over-process.
  • Any cauliflower pieces that fall or you couldn’t grate can be manually chopped with a knife.
  • Place the cauliflower, drained chopped marinated artichoke hearts, scallion, mint, parsley and garlic in a large mixing bowl.  I prefer to use marinated artichoke hearts because they have more flavor for this salad than plain canned or frozen.
Cauliflower Artichoke Tabbouleh - Overhead shot of ingredients in glass bowl before being stirred together.
  • Toss to combine then dress with lemon juice, a little olive oil and season with salt and black pepper.  You don’t need a lot of olive oil because the marinated artichoke hearts are already oily.
Cauliflower Artichoke Tabbouleh - Overhead shot of salad in glass bowl after ingredients are stirred together
  • That’s it!  Then enjoy!
Cauliflower Artichoke Tabbouleh - Straight-on shot in white bowl with serving utensils