I thought I was in a dream when my godmother asked me to make tabbouleh for her. At first, I was like, what’s that? Is that even a real thing?
The unreal thing became a real thing to me when I started to make it. Tabbouleh is a Levantine vegetarian meal consisting of finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, and various other ingredients.
It’s bright, flavorful, and perfect for a summer day.
But what really makes tabbouleh special is its ability to take on so many different flavors. My godmother was gracious enough to let me add my own spin to the dish, and I’ve been making it ever since.
One of the things I love about tabbouleh is that there are endless possibilities for what you can serve with it.
Here are a few of my favorite side dishes to serve with tabbouleh:
- Grilled Lemon Chicken
- Sauteed Mushrooms
- Mashed Potatoes
- Roast Beef or Turkey
- Sauteed Green Beans
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Mac and Cheese
- Chicken Shawarma
- Fried Rice in Butter and Garlic
Grilled Lemon Chicken
This yummy chicken dish is perfect for a summer BBQ. The chicken is marinated in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and spices. Then it’s grilled to perfection.
The acidity of the lemon juice pairs perfectly with the brightness of the tabbouleh. And the savory flavors of the chicken complement the herbs in the tabbouleh perfectly.
I stumbled on this dish when I was trying to find a way to use up some leftover chicken. I grilled the chicken and then added it to my tabbouleh. It was so good that I’ve been making it ever since.
It may seem too simple to be true, but sometimes the simplest dishes are the best.
Sauteed mushrooms are a great way to add some extra flavor and texture to your tabbouleh.
I like to use a mix of different mushrooms for this dish. I usually use button mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, and shiitake mushrooms.
What I’ve learnt so far is that this dish will come out so much better if you do not overcook the mushrooms. You want them to be tender but not mushy.
My favorite thing about sauteed mushrooms is how versatile they are. You can use them as a topping for tabbouleh, or you can add them to the tabbouleh itself.
I usually add them to the tabbouleh right before I serve it. This way, they’re still nice and crispy.
This dish is also great as a topping for grilled chicken or fish. In this way, I love it a thousand times more.
Mashed potatoes are my all-time favorite side dish. They are creamy, comforting, and go with just about everything.
I like to add mashed potatoes to my tabbouleh for a heartier meal. Tabbouleh is usually served as a salad, but I like to turn it into a main dish by adding mashed potatoes.
The best thing about this dish is that it’s so easy to make. You can quickly whip up a batch of mashed potatoes while the tabbouleh is cooking.
And if you’re feeling lazy, you can always use instant mashed potatoes. Nobody is gonna know. I won’t tell anyone.
Roast Beef or Turkey
This dish is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Tender roast beef or turkey pairs perfectly with the bright flavors of tabbouleh.
I like to add a dollop of cranberry sauce to my tabbouleh. The sweetness of the cranberry sauce pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of the roast beef or turkey.
I can remember the first time I had this dish. I was at my godmother’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. She made the most amazing roast beef that just melted in MY mouth.
The tabbouleh was the perfect pair for this dish. The bright flavors cut through the richness of the roast beef and cranberry sauce. It was a heavenly combination.
If you’re looking for a way to use up leftover roast beef or turkey, this is the perfect dish. Tabbouleh is a great way to turn leftovers into a new and exciting dish.
Sauteed Green Beans
Green beans are a classic side dish that goes with just about everything.
When you sautee green beans, you bring out their natural flavor. I like to add a little bit of garlic and onion for extra flavor.
I usually serve this dish as a side for tabbouleh. But it’s also great as a main dish. Just add some grilled chicken or fish and you’re good to go.
This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. He is always asking me to make it. I think he likes it because it’s so simple.
I also think the reason why I have no qualms making it is that it is so easy to make. It only takes a few minutes to cook the green beans. And they taste great with just about anything.
Every once in a while, I like to change things up and add roasted cauliflower to my tabbouleh.
Cauliflower is a great vegetable to roast. It gets nice and crispy on the outside, but it’s still tender on the inside.
I like to season my cauliflower with garlic and onion powder before roasting it. This gives the cauliflower a pleasant taste that complements tabbouleh.
Mac and Cheese
I might be wrong, but I think tabbouleh was made for mac and cheese.
The bright flavors of tabbouleh pair perfectly with the creamy goodness of mac and cheese. A nice way to upgrade this meal is to add a little bit of hot sauce to my mac and cheese to give it some extra flavor. It simply tastes amazing.
If you’re looking for a heartier meal, this is the perfect dish. Tabbouleh and mac and cheese are a match made in heaven.
This one has a special place in my heart. Chicken shawarma is my favorite food.
I love the way the spices in the chicken pairs with the unique flavors of tabbouleh. It’s an utterly delicious combination.
I remember the first time I had this dish. I was in college and my friend introduced me to it. I’ve been hooked ever since.
So, I’m pretty certain you’re going to love it!
Fried Rice in Butter and Garlic
If I tell you a secret, will you keep it safe?
I love to add fried rice to my tabbouleh. It’s an unlikely combination, I know. But it works so well together.
The key is to fry the rice in butter and garlic. This gives the rice a nice flavor that pairs perfectly with tabbouleh.
A while ago, I was at a restaurant with my family and we ordered it as an appetizer. I was so skeptical at first, but one bite changed my mind. It was such an unforgettable experience and that’s how you know this meal is special.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can you eat tabouli with?
There are many things you can eat tabouli with. Tabbouleh pairs well with roast beef, turkey, mac and cheese, chicken shawarma and many more.
Is tabbouleh healthy?
Yes, tabbouleh is a healthy dish. Tabbouleh is low in calories and fat, and it’s a good source of fiber.
What do you use tabbouleh for?
Tabbouleh can be used as a side dish or a main dish.
Is tabbouleh salad good for weight loss?
Yes, tabbouleh salad is good for weight loss. It is low in calories and fat, and it’s a good source of fiber.
What are the benefits of eating tabbouleh?
Some of the benefits of eating tabbouleh include weight loss, lower cholesterol levels, and improved digestion. Tabbouleh is also a good source of vitamins and minerals.
How do you make tabbouleh taste better?
There are many ways to make tabbouleh taste better. You can add more spices, lemon juice, or olive oil. You can also add a dollop of yogurt on top.
Is tabouleh good for digestion?
Yes, tabouleh is good for digestion. Tabbouleh is a good source of fiber, which helps to promote regularity and keep things moving along smoothly in the digestive tract. Tabbouleh is also low in fat and calories, making it a lighter option that won’t weigh you down.
If at any time you have ever wondered what goes well with tabbouleh, I hope this article has helped. Tabbouleh is a versatile dish that can be paired with many different flavors.
So, get creative and experiment with your own tabbouleh combinations. And if you ever need some inspiration, just come back to this list.
I’m sure you’ll find something that you love. Thanks for reading! until next time. 🙂