This easy Keto Tabouli recipe uses hemp hearts for a delicious, vegetarian keto side dish. Eat it as a salad, or use it as a savory fat bomb and enjoy a wonderful, fast salad.
If you’ve been trying to eat a lower carb diet, and have missed Tabouli, you will be delighted with this recipe.
Tabouli with Hemp Hearts | Keto Tabbouleh Recipe
What is Tabouli?
Tabouli is a Mediterranean side dish, or salad traditionally made with bulgur. Bulgur wheat is a whole wheat grain that has been cracked and partially pre-cooked.
However, as soon as I said wheat, I’m sure you realized that’s not low carb. So to make this tabouli keto friendly, I had to be creative about what else I could use in its place.
So I decided to try hemp hearts instead.
What are hemp hearts?
Many aren’t familiar with hemp hearts and the delicious flavor they can add to a dish. They’re a favorite ingredient of mine especially when it comes to a vegetarian dish.
They’re chockfull of nutrients which is a key factor to a well-rounded vegetarian dish.
So they start with unhulled hemp seeds. The problem is that those are not easy or appealing to most Western palettes in their unhulled state.
Hemp hearts (also known as shelled hemp seed or hemp nut) are the hemp seeds with the hard, crunchy layer on the outside removed. Essentially, it’s the middle portion of the hemp seed, hence the name “hemp hearts.”
So basically, it’s all of the yum with none of the potential yuck 🙂
How to Make Keto Tabouli
- Finely chop mint and parsley.
2. Add in lemon juice. If you don’t have any, you can try this with lime juice for a different flavor.
3. Add in oil and salt. I used olive oil, but you could use whatever keto-friendly oil you prefer. Just be sure to use a relatively light/unflavored oil in this recipe.
4. Chop up some green onions. I used both the green and white portions of the onions.
As you get these vegetables chopped, add them into the bowl with the herbs and mix as you go.
5. Dice some cucumber. Notice how I only partially peeled the cucumber? I call these zebra cucumbers 🙂 I like the mix or dark and light green. I think it’s quite pretty.
6. Dice some cherry tomatoes. You’ll see below I used both orange and red cherry tomatoes. I like the mix of colors in the salad.
I also used cherry tomatoes rather than whole tomatoes as they tend to be a little lower in carbs. But depending on your dietary restrictions, you can definitely use whatever sort of ripe tomato you love.
7. To the bowlful of mixed veggie goodness, and the dressing, add in the hemp hearts and mix well.
8. And that’s it! Your salad is ready.
I would suggest you try some right away, and store the leftovers. It tastes quite different when freshly made, versus eaten later. They’re both tasty–just different.
Make Ahead Tabouli Recipe
Tabouli works well as a make ahead dish. Many dishes don’t taste as good reheated or leftover. They usually lose their best taste once they cool down. However, with this Tabouli recipe, you’ll notice the flavors only get better and better as it sits in the fridge.
This dish will last quite a few days in the fridge and won’t go bad. I wouldn’t suggest freezing this dish though. I would make enough to eat within in a week, but no longer.
What to Serve with Hemp Hearts Tabouli?
Not to mention, it functions as a fat bomb if you follow the keto lifestyle. Among all the other great aspects of this dish, it’s also vegetarian keto, vegan keto, wheat/grain free, and is also nut free. This means this dish is allergy-friendly.
Other Recipes to Consider
- Looking for more delicious vegan recipes? Check out my Moroccan Chickpea Soup! It's a hearty vegan dish, full of flavor and plant protein!
- Looking for a great vegan dessert as a follow up to your meal? Check out my Instant Pot Halva Recipe! It’s a delicious Indian dessert that’s made easy by your Instant Pot!
- Mix in a large bowl. Eat some now. Save some for later.
- EVEN FASTER TIP: Double the recipe since this will keep–and keep improving–for 3-5 days if kept in the refrigerator.
- You can add other crunchy vegetables in the salad if you prefer.
- I used cherry tomatoes since they have a slightly lower carb count than regular tomatoes.
- Use both the white and the green portions of the onion.
- The salad will keep in the fridge for about a week at most.
- Use the lightest flavored oil/unflavored oil that you can in this recipe, since you will not be heating the oil.
- You can try this with lime or lemon juice for a variation in flavor.