Yesterday I made tabule. I had made tabouleh starting from a pre-made mix some weeks ago and was not very satisfied with the result. So this time I made it from scratch and have to say it didn’t took much longer than with the pre-made mix. Also when you do it yourself you can adjust the quantities of seasoning to fit your taste, which for me is much less parsley, somewhat more lemon.


Also I gave it a try to shape the tabule into those cue shapes you see in bento boxes and it worked quite well! As you know I went to San Francisco last week and I stopped by in Japan town, and I saw bentos and all the equipment to cut vegetables, mold rice, shape eggs and so on. And I fell in love! I have been checking out bento boxes and bento box blogs for the past 3 days and now I really want a bento box and I really want to start bento-ing…. Not sure if it will go anywhere, but right now I am kind of obsessed!

Anyone has some adventure in bento making to share or some advice to get started?


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 3 Servings



  • 1 cup cracked wheat
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 small onion
  • 2-3 lemons
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • parsley
  • salt


  1. In a bowl combine the wheat and the water. mix and let it rest about 30 minutes. The wheat will absorb most of the water,
  2. Add all the other ingredients: diced tomatoes, cucumber and onion, minced parsley, juiced lemon, oil and salt and pepper to taste. I am not a big fan of parsley so I added only a few parsley leaves, but the original recipe would call for a lot of parsley.
  3. Also, it is important that the lemony flavor stands out so don't skimp on the lemon.
  4. Let the tabuoleh rest for a while, even overnight, to allow the flavors to mix well. Serve cold.

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7 Responses to Tabouleh

  1. Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny says:

    What a great recipe, these look so cute!! 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    This recipe Pola is just refreshing, never made it before but looking at the ingredients sounds incredible! ohh I know how you feel, once you start with any kind of molds you can't stop :))

  3. donotcallitbolognese says:

    I love tabouleh! it's like saying "it's summer, no more hot dishes!" I am not familiar with bento…so I'm waiting for your next posts!

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  5. Manu says:

    I love tabouleh!!! Great summer dish!
    I also love bentos, but have never made any… would love to see yours!!! <3

  6. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    I have never tried Tabule but it sounds/looks delicious! I can't wait for you to start bento-ing (what a good word)! Did you go Ichibankan in Japan Town? I think you will go crazy when you go to Daiso…not sure if your area has one. It's $1.25 for most of stuff and lots of bento stuff there too! 😉

  7. spécialiste de l'éphémère says:

    I love tabouleh! And the way you present it is charming!

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