Whole Spelt Tabbouleh

written by Eloisa 08/14/2017
Whole Spelt Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh (or tabulé) is a recipe of Lebanese and Syrian origin, very fresh and light, for this reason is the perfect food for the summer. It is a cold salad based on Bulgur and fresh vegetables; To adapt it to the FMD, I decided to change the Bulgur by whole spelt cous cous and the result is great.

Personally, I am very fan of this recipe, because apart from being delicious is also very quick to prepare. It is a perfect first course for Phase 1.

I hope you like it 🙂

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Whole Spelt Tabbouleh

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Phase 1 Serves: 1 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 1 cup of cooked whole spelt cous cous*
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 1 cup of tomatoes
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh basil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt


  1. Cook the spelt cous cous according to the package instructions
  2. When it is ready, stir with a fork so it does not stick
  3. Wash the vegetables, peel the cucumber, and cut all vegetables diced
  4. Cut the mint and basil into small pieces
  5. Mix the cous cous, the vegetables and the fresh spices in a bowl
  6. Garnish with lemon juice and salt to taste

This recipe is suitable for the Fast Metabolism Diet – FMD Phase1. With these quantities, you get 1 grain serving for <20 pounds.

For a complete lunch, add more veggies, protein and fruit.

For a complete dinner, add more veggies and protein.


* If you want to eat tabbouleh in Phase 3, you can prepare it with 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa instead of cous cous. ONLY for dinner.

  • http://Cooking%20with%20a%20Cat%20Blog Alison Wasson

    I love tabouleh! Where are you able to find whole spelt cous cous? I may have to end up ordering it. I haven’t seen it in my large chain health food stores. I am in the USA. I couldn’t remember if you are as well. I know shopping can vary regionally.

    • Eloisa

      Hi Alison, I live in Barcelona (Spain) and I buy the whole spelt cous cous in a organic food shop, I don’t know where you can buy it in USA, so sorry. 🙁
      In any case, if you want to make tabbouleh you can use quinoa, it is very good and it works for P3 too 😉

  • http://Cooking%20with%20a%20Cat%20Blog Alison Wasson

    True–quinoa will work just fine. I do miss the original cous cous made from whole wheat. I don’t know if it’s the texture, taste or both! I’ll have to see if someone carries it in the US. Love your recipes!

    • Eloisa

      Hi Alison, thank you so much for telling me your opinion. Quinoa is good but cous cous is better. Maybe you can try to look for it on Amazon 😉 I hope you find it.