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This healthy and tasty Red Lentil Tabouli Salad is full of Middle Eastern flavor! Filling Red lentils are paired with fresh parsley, mint, onion, tomato, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses and olive oil – This riff on Traditional Tabouli is a perfect nutrient-packed recipe that makes a great midweek main course lunch or side dish! Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Red Lentil Tabouli Salad
I love making this Red Lentil Tabouli Salad, because it is the only way I can sneak some lentil into my kids’ diet. Red lentils are so easy to cook with and for this salad, they do not require any precooking.
If you’re looking for a tabbouleh without bulgur recipe, look no further!
What is Lentil Tabouli?
Have you tried tabouli salad (also known as tabbouleh) before? If you haven’t yet, you’re in for a treat! Tabouli is a classic Lebanese salad made with fresh and flavorful herbs and veggies.
I have to credit my friend for the inspiration to write this recipe. She loves Lebanese Tabouli, but wanted an easy gluten free alternative.
Traditionally tabouli is made with bulgur wheat which is a gluten containing grain. But in this recipe, I’m sharing a version that substitutes red lentil for bulgur. This colorful red lentil salad is a winner! Vegan + gluten free.
What you Need to Make Red Lentil Tabouli Salad:
(Check full recipe below, for quantities)
This Lentil salad requires a handful of fresh ingredients:
Why you’ll love this Lentil tabbouleh Salad
Okay, I know a Lentil Salad doesn’t sound all that exciting, BUT hear me out. Lentils are so GOOD… if you’ve tried my Lentil Soup, you know of their goodness:)
This Lentil Salad is one of my very favorite summer salads. Seriously! I make it all of the time and save some for the next day because it’s so good!
How to Make Red Lentil Tabouli- Gluten Free Tabouli
- Start by soaking red lentils in hot water for 10-20 minutes. Then strain and rinse with cold water until lentils are nice and cold.
- While lentils are being soaked. Finely dice tomatoes, onion, parsley and mint, and place in a medium sized bowl.
- Toss in rinsed cold red lentils and mix in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pomegranate molasses.
- Mix. Taste. Adjust salt and lemon if needed.
- Serve and Enjoy!
How to Store
This lentil Tabouli salad will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. I always love having this salad in the fridge for an easy lunch, dinner, snack…and I have even enjoyed it for breakfast. It really is good anytime of the day!