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Gluten-Free Recipes: Grain-Free Tabouli

11 Comments 20 August 2009

Grain-Free Tabouli

I've been experimenting lately eating grain-free. Yes, I've finally read Breaking The Vicious Cycle, the official handbook for The Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I'm not saying I'm a "believer", but let's just say that I'm intrigued. One good thing I've noticed is that it forces me to use vegetables more in the place of starches.

Well, the other night I came home to an apartment that felt like a sauna. Since salads are always a nice alternative to turning the stove on, I thought I'd try to see if I liked a grain-free version of this fresh tasting dish. I altered the traditional recipe for tabouli a while ago by using millet instead of wheat.

So, the wheat substitute I played with this time was…

Cauliflower! Sneaky, sneaky!

And guess what? It tasted really good! I have racked my brain trying to remember how I was inspired to use this grated. Maybe my allergy medicine is blocking my memory? If you have a cauliflower tabouleh recipe then, please, feel free to post the link in a comment. I'm sure I didn't invent the idea.

Here's my new spin on an old favorite.


In a large bowl combine:

1 head of cauliflower shredded in a food processor
2 fistfuls of parsley hand chopped
1 large cucumber peeled, seeded and diced
1 fistful of fresh mint, I had to resort to dried because the stupid grocery store was out.
2 tomatoes seeded and diced
1/2 of one red onion chopped
2 Tbsp. orange champagne vinegar I found at Trader Joe's, or fresh lemon juice.
1/3 c. of extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

This was delicious served as a side dish with some fish dredged in coconut flour and pan fried briefly in coconut oil. The leftovers made for a tasty cold lunch the next day.


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11 Comments so far

  1. 1

    oh that sounds so delish! definitely going to make it. And I’m going to use the mint that grows in my yard. Wish I could get it to you.

    as usual…lovely photo

  2. 2
    FabGrandma says:

    This looks and sounds deliscious. I am going to try it next time I have some cauliflower in the house.

  3. 3

    Hi Kelly,

    Yumm, this dish looks delicious. I appreciate the recipe and can’t wait to make the dish.

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  4. 4
    Kelly says:

    Here’s what I think about Wellsphere…
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  5. 5
    Denise says:

    Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network has a very good Taboulleh recipe. I have celiac and substitute one cup of quinoa, instead of the bulgar wheat, and follow the rest of her recipe. I like your idea of adding in more vegetables. Yours will be next to try,.

  6. 6
    Annie says:

    wow. i must try this one!

  7. 7
    deana says:

    I tried this last night! I couldn’t tell a difference in this recipe and my regular tabouli recipe. Thanks!

  8. 8
    Aimee Ginsberg says:

    I have used quinoa instead of bulgar and it is excellent I have to try the millet next time.

  9. 9
    Robin says:

    My vegan friend and I have used this exact same recipe using quinoa instead of wheat (or cauliflower). It’s delicious and we always bring it as a pot lock dish to make sure we have a complete meal, and everyone else loves it too!!

  10. 10
    John Valenty says:

    Sounds delicious. I also recently made cauliflower fried “rice” and it tasted almost just as good as the original. Cauliflower makes a great substitute! Can’t wait to try this.

  11. 11
    Abby says:

    Wow, this is a great idea to substitute cauliflower instead of grains. Since I’m new to grain substitution, do yuo cook the cauliflower or do you shred it raw? Also, if someone could post the cauliflower fried rice recipe, that woudl be great!

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