The first time I ever had tabbouleh was in France, of all places. We were biking the countryside of Burgundy and came upon this quaint little restaurant near the river. It really was as lovely as it sounds. This woman from England owned this tiny restaurant and lived in the house above it, and she made some BOMB food. I ordered smoked salmon with tabbouleh and quickly fell in love with how fresh it tastes. She also made ham sandwiches that had MANY square pads of butter throughout the bread. I love France. America scoffs at square pad butter sandwiches, but not Europe. They embrace it there. I miss Europe so much. We were suppose to be in Spain right now and my little heart is breaking inside right now. So instead I’ll eat this tabbouleh that reminds me of the days when travel was a normal part of our lives.
On a more positive note, I’m almost through 2 months of the bean protocol and I’m LOVING IT SO MUCH! I started eating beans 6-8x/day, I cut out caffeine, sugar, alcohol, dairy, and I’m not eating any fat whenever I eat beans. This protocol has improved my acne drastically in such a short amount of time and I’m SO PUMPED to see what the next few months have in store. And this tabbouleh is one of the recipes I’ve been eating regularly to ensure I get enough beans in. It’s the perfect side dish that does really well in the fridge throughout the week, so it’s also great for snacks! Most tabbouleh has some sort of olive oil in it, but not this one since you’re not supposed to eat fat with beans. I find that it doesn’t need the fat, but you can always add olive oil, if you prefer!
I’ve had some friends and some people online all start the bean protocol and tell me that they’ve experienced positive results almost right away! It really is so strange and so eye opening! I wish I would have known about this protocol years ago because I really could have improved my skin way earlier on in life. If you want to know more about the bean protocol, you can listen to my Spilling The Beans Podcast and I really loved listening to Unique Hammond’s story on Episode 83 on the Expanded Podcast. It was the episode that inspired me to give the bean protocol a try and I also signed up for her online e-course! If you always thought beans were the enemy (like me), you may feel differently after you hear her story. I know I did! Now I’m off to eat some Taco Pasta Salad for breakfast to get those beans in right away! See you soon with some more bean recipes!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
- 14 ounce can of lentils, drained and rinsed
- 3 Persian cucumbers, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 red onion, diced
- 1 bundle of Italian parsley (about 2 cups worth), finely chopped
- 1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Drain lentils from the can, rinse them, then place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well to combined.
- Serve up or store in the fridge in a covered container for up to 1 week.
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13 thoughts on “Lentil Tabbouleh”
In elementary school I ate a ham and butter sandwich for lunch everyday. Largely because my Mom would buy MiracleWhip and tell me it was mayo. So I thought I hated mayo till I was about 10 and one of my friends was like MW is crap try real mayo.
I am about to ease into the bean protocol…keep the recipes coming! Me, coffee and sugar are bff’s right now so I am going to start by adding in beans (no fat) and slowly eliminate sugar and coffee.
Do you think you need to buy the course? or is there enough information on-line at least to get started?
Can’t wait to make this! What a great way to use lentils. I’ve just been eating plain lentils, so this will be a nice way to change it up.
Really loving your bean recipes. The hardest thing in my opinion is not adding any (or too much) fat with the beans, because, as you have said, fat = FLAVOR. So I appreciate recipes like this where you use herbs and citrus to punch up the flavor in lieu of fat.
hope you like the recipe Erin!
So I can’t eat bell peppers because they make me sick and the store didn’t have mint but aside from omitting those two it was freaking amazing. I will definitely be making this a lot. Thanks for another awesome recipe!!
so glad it still worked out and you loved it!
Does this protocol work if you use sprouted beans? or does that change how the structure of the fiber? Since going Paleo I only use sprouted beans whenever we get a craving for beans https://thrivemarket.com/p/truroots-organic-sprouted-green-lentils?utm_source=google&utm_medium=pla_smart&utm_campaign=Shopping_Engagement_Smart_Members&utm_content=185814000252&utm_term=na&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7Z6pprfc6gIVC9vACh0SSQL3EAQYAiABEgK1k_D_BwE
i have no clue. you’ll have to reach out to Unique Hammond on instagram, she would definitely have the answer!
This sounds delicious, and cukes, mint, and peppers are all ripe in my garden right now! Here’s my question – does all this beaning up, ummmm, give you potty issues? Apologies if you covered this in your podcast, my toddler HATES when I listen to talking because he’s a diehard Dua Lipa fan and that’s all he allows me to play. So, are your guts cool with all these legumes right now? Have you ever had bean issues in the past? Beans send me into total blimp mode so I’m super curious! Thanks!
if you have had issues with beans in the past, it’s smart to start small and increase as your body adapts to them. you’re experiencing the fermentation process with beans and that continues to go away with time. i have had gas with the bean consumption but it continues to get better, as long as i’m sticking to beans that work best with my system
This was the perfect flavor and the light, fresh dish that I needed today! Topped it with a dollop of plant based taziki, then paired it with grilled snapper, and a fresh sliced tomato. YUM! 10/10 recommend!
awesome! so glad to hear that!!
OMG. You inspired me to do the Bean Protocol after initially doing paleo. I am on day 3 and its so tough but I am sticking it through for the weight loss and lifetime acne issues, fatigue, so mych more list goes on. This salad was SO Frkn GOOD !!! I don’t even like cucumbers or salads. This has a hearty earthy fiing taste. I will be eating this every day during snack times on my bean diet Thank you!!! PS- Dang I need to visit France and get me some!