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Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh

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Tabbouleh (aka tabouli) is a Middle Eastern vegetarian dish often served as a side. Traditional tabbouleh is made with freshly chopped tomatoes, loads of parsley, mint, heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and bulgur.

What makes my recipe special is that there is are no grains. Instead of the traditionally used bulgur, I made it with cauliflower rice and added some freshly chopped spinach to give this meal an extra potassium boost (that means no more keto-flu!).

Hands-on Overall

Allergy information for Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs5.4 grams
Protein2.6 grams
Fat23.5 grams
Calories245 kcal
Calories from carbs 9%, protein 4%, fat 87%
Total carbs8.4 gramsFiber3 gramsSugars2.8 gramsSaturated fat5.6 gramsSodium424 mg(18% RDA)Magnesium38 mg(10% RDA)Potassium526 mg(26% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 3 cups cauliflower rice (360 g/ 12.7 oz) - here's how to "rice" cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil or ghee (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste (I like pink Himalayan)
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced (200 g/ 7.1 oz)
  • 1 cup cherry or regular tomatoes, chopped (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 2 medium spring onions, chopped (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 3 cups spinach, chopped (90 g/ 3.2 oz)
  • 1 cup freshly chopped parsley (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped mint (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (120 ml/ 4 fl oz)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (120 ml/ 4 fl oz)
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat a pan greased with coconut oil (or ghee) over a medium heat. Once hot, add the cauliflower rice, season with a pinch of salt and cook for about 5 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Once cooked, take off the heat and set aside to cool down.
    Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh
  2. Meanwhile, peen and dice the cucumber, chop the tomatoes, ... Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh
  3. ... spring onion. Place all the chopped vegetables (apart from the cooked cauli-rice) in a large salad bowl. Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh
  4. Chop the mint and parsley and remove the hard stems (you can reserve the stems for other recipes such as bone broth). Once chopped, add to the bowl. Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh
  5. Roughly chop the spinach leaves and add to the bowl together with the cooled cauli-rice and combine. Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh
  6. Juice the lemons and pour in a bowl together with the minced garlic and olive oil. Whisk using a fork. Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh
  7. Pour over the tabbouleh and season with more salt and pepper. Toss using two forks or tongs until combined. Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh This recipe makes 6 servings (as a side), or 3-4 servings (as a light salad). Low-Carb Spinach Tabbouleh

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cauliflower rice, homemade (cauli-rice, KetoDiet app)
1.8 g1.2 g0.2 g15 kcal
Spinach, fresh
0.2 g0.4 g0.1 g3 kcal
Tomatoes, cherry, fresh, all varieties
0.5 g0.2 g0.1 g4 kcal
Cucumber, fresh
0.5 g0.2 g0.1 g4 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Mint, fresh
0.3 g0.2 g0 g4 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.3 g0.3 g0.1 g4 kcal
Spring onion, scallion, green onion, fresh
0.2 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
1.3 g0.1 g0 g4 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g18 g159 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
0 g0 g5 g45 kcal
Total per serving
5.4 g2.6 g23.5 g245 kcal

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Martina Slajerova
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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (8)

The spinach in my fridge went bad so I used chopped up baby greens instead. FABULOUS!

Thank you, I'm happy you enjoyed!

I like the idea of adding spinach to the traditional recipe.   I am going to try this tonight.   An option to the cauliflower rice is hemp hearts which I prefer as the texture is more like cracked wheat.  I also like to add Lebanese 7-spice and cumin.

I will give hemp hearts a try! Plus it's a great way to add magnesium 😊

How refreshing to see- great out put without an angle. Please keep up the good work.  Warm regards from Barrie Ontario.

Thank you Kevin!

Great idea on using cauli flower

That looks amazing.