Tabouli with Feta and Endive (Tabbouleh)

Perky Tabouli (Tabbouleh) with Feta and Endive RecipePrepping for spring with this new-found love Tabouli with Feta and Endive.

Tabouli (Tabbouleh) with Feta and Endive Recipe
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We all have those things we wouldn’t eat as a kid. Then slowly, as we bloom into maturity, our palates develop a mind of their own.

Thinking back, their were only a handful of things I would not touch when I was little:  yellow squash, raw tomatoes, egg yolks, wet bananas (as in fruit salad), and tabouli.

Tabouli (Tabbouleh) with Feta and Endive Recipe

Tabouli salad was my arch-nemesis.

I remember sitting at the dining table long after everyone else had left, refusing to each the two bites my mother required. Luckily, we had an expanding table that could hold large leaves on either end.

Underneath the joints were brackets that stuck out like little shelves. If I was very careful that no one saw, I could shovel my meal under the table onto the little shelves! Later the dog would come remove the evidence.

How to Make Tabouli (Tabbouleh) with Feta and Endive Recipe

Unfortunately, my parents loved tabouli. Maybe the haunting memories of it have warped my reality, but it seemed to be in the fridge all the time.

Nowadays, I can’t think of what it was about tabouli, I didn’t like.

Maybe all the parsley threw me off… Or the citrus, who knows. What I can tell you is that I now love it, I crave it, and I prefer it to most any other grain salad.

Making Tabouli (Tabbouleh) with Feta and Endive Recipe

The bright pop of lemon paired with the nutty essence of the bulgur wheat, and the cooling effects of mint and cucumbers are hard to beat.

Plus it holds up for days in the fridge! That means I can make a large batch, and stand with the refrigerator doors open eating it for days on end.

Making Tabouli with Feta and Endive

In fact, the only thing that could possibly make tabouli better is feta, and a bitter bite from endive leaves as is today’s Tabouli with Feta and Endive Recipe.

Either dollop the tabouli salad into the endive leaves and top with crumbled feta for a refined appetizer, or place it in a bowl and let your guests scoop their leaves ’til their heart’s content.

Easy Tabouli (Tabbouleh) with Feta and Endive Recipe

Authentic Tabouli (Tabbouleh) recipes are all pretty much the same: bulgur wheat, mint, parsley, cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon, olive oil.

The only real variation you’ll find is in proportion, and even that doesn’t vary much. However, if you are looking for a subtle change, try making our Tabouli with Feta and Endive. You can even try it with quinoa or whole grain couscous.

Zesty Tabouli (Tabbouleh) with Feta and Endive Recipe

Tabouli (Tabbouleh) with Feta and Endive Recipe

Tabouli with Feta and Endive

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Tabouli with Feta and Endive Recipe - Perky tabouli with bulgur wheat and salty feta cheese, served on endive leaves for a healthy hand-held snack!

Servings: 12
Nutrition Facts
Tabouli with Feta and Endive
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 706mg 29%
Potassium 1260mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 4g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 148.2%
Vitamin C 66.3%
Calcium 24.8%
Iron 21.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 clove garlic (large), minced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped (tops and bottoms)
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, quartered (or 2 large tomatoes, diced)
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 8 heads endive (small)


  1. In a large bowl, add the bulgur wheat, lemon zest and juice, oil, cayenne, garlic and salt. Pour the boiling water over the top. Stir and allow it to sit for at least 1 hour.

  2. Wash the endive and cut off the bottoms. Carefully separate the leaves and set aside.
  3. Chop all the herbs, cucumber and tomatoes. Once the wheat has plumped up and absorbed the liquid, toss in the herbs, cumbers and tomatoes. Then salt and pepper to taste.
  4. You can eat the tabouli immediately, but the flavor does develop if you give it a little time to sit. Scoop into endive leaves and sprinkle each with feta.

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54 comments on “Tabouli with Feta and Endive (Tabbouleh)

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  2. Sara Rposted September 19, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

    To make it gluten-free you can use quinoa instead of Tabuleh. I personally prefer the quinoa.

  3. Drink Your Greens and Minerals!posted September 21, 2011 at 7:14 am Reply

    Wow! Terrific site. I’m a new follower! :)

    -Fellow SITS’er

  4. Discover Endiveposted September 1, 2011 at 6:53 am Reply

    Hi Sommer,

    This looks so refreshing and light. Perfect for the dog days of summer. Even better that those of us with gardens can provide many of the ingredients from our own back yards! And for the produce that we must buy from the store (hint, hint…the endive), there’s always Discover Endive. Our red and white California Endive is grown year round, which means it’s always in season!

    Thanks for sharing!

    on behalf of Discover Endive

  5. Stevieposted August 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm Reply

    This is a really refreshing recipe. It is funny what things that one refused to eat as a kid. For me that was olives–and kind, pickles, and pickled fish, which was popular with my father and his parents. So I guess I didn’t like vinegar?

    But now there are thigs that I loved as a kid that I’d never dream of eating today: boiled hot dogs, baloney, large quantities of Hostess and Little Debbie products. Tastes do change.

    My parents never served me tabouli growing up. I doubt that they’d have known what it was then. SO I don’t feel your pain, but I get it intellectually.

  6. Monetposted August 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm Reply

    I hated egg yolks too! I’m sure glad you came around with some of your dreaded childhood eats. This salad looks good! Thank you for sharing another delightful and creative recipe. I hope you had a lovely weekend, and I’m hoping you have an even lovelier week. Blessings from this hot state of Texas!

  7. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted August 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm Reply

    This salad looks so refreshing. I love feta on everything and all the greens and ingredients in this looks scrumptious. Cute anecdote about hiding away your unwanted meals.

  8. Sandiposted August 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Prepare ahead & take to work idea! Great colors-

  9. Gourmandeposted August 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm Reply

    Perfect Summer meal. That looks so fresh.

  10. 5 Star Foodieposted August 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm Reply

    This tabouli sounds so refreshing and delicious and really fun to serve it in the endve leaves!

  11. Danposted August 24, 2011 at 7:43 am Reply

    That’s an awesome take on a traiditonal tabouli – I like the cheese in there as well.

  12. Tiffanyposted August 24, 2011 at 7:42 am Reply

    What a great idea to pair the tabouli with endive!

  13. megan @ whatmegansmakingposted August 24, 2011 at 5:06 am Reply

    love the way you served this! It looks so good :)

  14. kankanaposted August 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm Reply

    That’s the kind of finger food I would love to make someday. This would be my next weekend treat for sure.

  15. Eliotposted August 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm Reply

    I had a hatred for tomatoes when I was young too. Now I can’t get enough. I love this recipe!

  16. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamilyposted August 23, 2011 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Oh dear. This is just so perfect I’m beside myself. (who says that about taboulleh and veggies?) I love this new version of one of my fav’s. Thanks so much, sincerly!
    I’m sharing this all over the place. ;)

  17. Holly Henryposted August 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm Reply

    What a beautiful dish! So colorful and bright and obviously scrumptious!

    Thanks for sharing !


  18. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted August 23, 2011 at 10:51 am Reply

    Growing up, I never ate taboulleh! I can’t believe it! But, I’m with you, I hated raw tomatoes oh yeah and mushrooms :) Love the pic with the endive leaf and the taboulleh!

  19. Carolynposted August 23, 2011 at 9:35 am Reply

    I love taboulleh and love the idea of serving with endive!

  20. Sandra's Easy Cookingposted August 23, 2011 at 9:21 am Reply

    Oh this look so good! I love all the ingredients..Really what’s not to like in this salad!! Very well done!

  21. Sandra's Easy Cookingposted August 23, 2011 at 9:21 am Reply

    Oh this look so good! I love all the ingredients..Really what’s not to like in this salad!! Very well done!

  22. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted August 23, 2011 at 7:56 am Reply

    This looks great

  23. Dmarieposted August 23, 2011 at 6:48 am Reply

    another beautiful dish. thanks, Spicy!

  24. Shelbyposted August 23, 2011 at 3:39 am Reply

    Looks wonderful! If this keeps for a long time in the fridge then it may be something I should try making. I’ve only had it once and that was well over 20 years ago….however I’m pretty certain if I did make it I would be the only one in the house eating it. Grumpy is really picky about grains!

  25. Angie's Recipesposted August 23, 2011 at 1:08 am Reply

    Your tabouli looks fantastic! As always, beautiful clicks!

  26. marlaposted August 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm Reply

    Love those little endive spears as tabouli holders. No problem with tabour here, have always loved it!

  27. pattyposted August 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm Reply

    My kind of fresh healthy tasty salad and I love it on the endive leaves;-)

  28. Tiff @ Babes and Kidsposted August 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm Reply

    Where do you get endive at? I’m still confused as to what it is, but I’m super curious because I’d love to try this recipe, it looks fantastic!

  29. Saraposted August 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm Reply

    I was a picky eater as a kid so like you I had those things that I would have never dared eating. But man, this tabouli looks so amazing that I could have never said no :)

  30. torviewtorontoposted August 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm Reply

    colourful delicious salad

  31. Jeanetteposted August 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Gorgeous pics Sommer! Perhaps your kids will end up liking tabouli one day as you have!

  32. Cassie @ Bake Your Dayposted August 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm Reply

    Your tabouli sounds wonderful, especially with zucchini and cayenne pepper…I never add those! The whole dish sounds perfect!

  33. Georgia Pellegriniposted August 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm Reply

    I just adore tabouli. My mother made it all the time growing up and I would say it’s my favorite grain. It’s got such a wonderful texture and serves as a base for so many great other flavors.

  34. Lindaposted August 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Growing up Italian tabouli was not on our table so finding it later in life I immediately loved this healthy dish! I love how you mixed this with the endive and what a great tapas this would be to serve in this manner. As always your photos are just temptingly beautiful!

  35. Susanposted August 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Yum! The photos look absolutely fantastic! I love how scoopable endive is! I think I might have to make this tonight!

  36. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted August 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm Reply

    For me it’s green pepper and tapioca…still won’t touch them, have no desire to give them another shot. BUT I’m with you on so many things…especially foods from some local ethnic markets that I’ve really enjoyed making. This looks fabulous; can you bring some over? :)

  37. Cookin' Canuckposted August 22, 2011 at 11:37 am Reply

    What a gorgeous version of tabouli, Sommer and your pictures so pretty. I loved the story about stashing the tabouli under the leaves of the table. Have you since ‘fessed up to your parents?

  38. carolinaheartstringsposted August 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm Reply

    I have recently just really begun to love tabouli. I cannot wait to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing it and your story! Come over and visit us. We have a wonderful tomato pie recipe today.

  39. Nanaposted August 22, 2011 at 10:20 am Reply

    Beautiful! Tabouli never looked this great 25 or 30 years ago when you were a little thing. I love it.

  40. Rachel @ Not Rachael Rayposted August 22, 2011 at 10:19 am Reply

    This looks really great, and what a fun appetizer idea! Love it!

  41. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted August 22, 2011 at 9:53 am Reply

    What a fun dip idea! It’s not always a bad thing if you’re the only one that likes something. More for me! Have a great school week.

  42. Ken Scrivnerposted August 22, 2011 at 9:52 am Reply

    Sommer, I wondered for years why our Springer Spaniel never seemed to be hungry. You little imp!
    Love you, Pops

  43. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted August 22, 2011 at 9:51 am Reply

    So pretty! I’ll take some with extra feta please! :)

  44. Curtposted August 22, 2011 at 9:48 am Reply

    This looks very tasty. I love feta.

  45. [email protected]posted August 22, 2011 at 8:31 am Reply

    OH Sommer, Sommer… this looks scrumptious!! LOVE it!! And I really like that you added in some feta…yummers! :)

  46. Jessica @ How Sweetposted August 22, 2011 at 8:10 am Reply

    LOVE this dish! I want to make it today!!

  47. Sarahposted August 22, 2011 at 8:01 am Reply

    My sister had the same hiding tactic, but she did it with peas! We had no family dog to hide the evidence however, so she always got caught. This recipe does not look like something a person would want to hide…tabouli and feta is a winning combination! Thanks for sharing.

  48. Roxana GreenGirlposted August 22, 2011 at 7:47 am Reply

    we call this salad tabbouleh. love your endive serving “dishes” what a great idea!

    p.s. I used to fed the dog under the table too :))

  49. Kristi Rimkusposted August 22, 2011 at 7:30 am Reply

    I love the idea of making this with quinoa. This is really a refreshing dish and looks like the perfect lunch to me!

  50. valerieposted August 22, 2011 at 7:25 am Reply

    Looks delicious:)I love it and my kids won’t eat it either!

  51. Maris (In Good Taste)posted August 22, 2011 at 7:23 am Reply

    Really great photos and the salad looks exquisite!

  52. Candaceposted August 22, 2011 at 7:11 am Reply

    What a funny story about hiding your food! Cute! Your tabouli looks fantastic. I love it scooped inside the endive. Beautiful!

  53. Kellyposted August 22, 2011 at 7:09 am Reply

    Wow this looks fantastic and your pictures are gorgeous! :)

  54. bonnie at sweet lifeposted August 22, 2011 at 6:10 am Reply

    cute post, love your Tabouli!!

    happy monday!