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Heart-healthy tabbouleh (recipe)

By The Health News Team | February 27, 2017
Tabbouleh: a family recipe (video)

Dr. and Mrs. Suhail and Luna Zavaro share their family’s recipe for heart-healthy tabbouleh.

Tabbouleh is a delicious Syrian-Lebanese dish that has become a popular healthy vegetarian option around the world.

Usually served as a salad or appetizer, tabbouleh is packed with heart-healthy ingredients, vitamins and minerals, and is low in saturated fat and rich in fiber.

Dr. Suhail Zavaro, a cardiologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, shares his family’s best recipe for tabbouleh.

Heart-Healthy Tabbouleh
Serve it with fresh pita bread or lettuce leaves.

Heart-healthy tabbouleh (recipe)


  • 4 cups parsley, minced

  • 1/2 cup bulgur (a finely ground, cracked wheat)

  • 1 cup tomato, diced

  • 3/4 cup cucumber, peeled and diced

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, minced

  • 3/4 cup scallion, minced

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt



Step 1

In a bowl, soak the bulgur in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Then drain the water. You may hand-squeeze the bulgur to get rid of any excess water. In a separate bowl, mix the tomato, scallion, mint, parsley and salt. Add the bulgur, olive oil and lemon juice, and thoroughly mix ingredients. Serve in a ball or flat on a plate with pita bread or lettuce leaves.

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