Kale! I haven’t always liked kale. In fact, I still don’t love it yet. It might take several lifetimes for me to get there but in the meantime, I figured out a way to use it that doesn’t particularly taste like kale. The best thing about this salad is you can’t really tell if you’re eating parsley, spinach, chard or another green. That’s the magic of lime juice, olive oil and mint. They do beautifully take over.

Now back to kale. Wise men say you should eat it regularly, preferably raw. It is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet for you. It is greener than other greens and packed with antioxidants and vitamins, which means it keeps you young, beautiful and vibrant. That’s why I chose it for tabbouleh and that’s why I’m beginning to love it.



I love, love tabbouleh in sandwiches instead of lettuce and tomato. It adds so much character to burgers, simply piled on top, or in grilled cheese sandwiches. I grill my sandwiches in the panini press, then I open them and add tabbouleh right before eating. Simply fabulous.




Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Total Time: 20 min


8 cups chopped kale, ribs and stems removed
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 medium firm tomato, diced
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lime
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil


Using a food processor, finely chop the kale and mint leaves. This may take four to five batches depending on the size of your processor bowl.

Transfer the chopped kale and mint to a large glass bowl. Add the diced tomatoes, cucumber and grated lime zest. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to mix the ingredients.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice and olive oil. Add to the tabbouleh and toss well.

Serve immediately or refrigerate for later consumption. Tabbouleh will stay fresh for up to five days.

Ideas for use:
Tartines & crostinis
Side salad


7 Responses to “KALE TABBOULEH”

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    Kalyn — 05/23/2012 @ 8:43 pm

    Love this!

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    Boudriss — 05/23/2012 @ 11:39 pm

    I think it’s missing something . Maybe bulgar or cracked wheat –
    Or this kinf of tabouleh is it eaten as salad ?

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    Eha — 05/24/2012 @ 4:49 am

    As I love making tabbouleh and so oft eat it exactly as you, on sandwiches, stuffed into pita pockets or as a side dish, this variant in greenery is a welcome tip!! But, yes, as Boudriss states, mostly at least some bulghur ends up in mine too – but, used with breads, I don’t think one would notice :) !

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    Meghan — 05/24/2012 @ 9:04 am

    What a great idea. I’m with you on the kale, I eat it, but don’t love it. Especially raw. You have just planned the vegetable portion of my dinner – thanks!

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    Nisrine — 05/24/2012 @ 1:56 pm

    Boudris, I eat mine with bread so I like to leave out the grains, otherwise I do love the version with bulgur.

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    Couscous & Consciousness — 06/02/2012 @ 3:57 am

    Love the idea of this, Nisrine. I bought kale and limes at the market today, but I’ve never actually used kale before, so I’m totally going to try this.
    Sue xo

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    Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z — 06/25/2012 @ 2:27 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. I have a garden full of fresh mint. I’m with you on the kale, but it looks so good, I’ll give it a try.

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