Nutty Brown-Rice Tabbouleh
© Michael Turek

Nutty Brown-Rice Tabbouleh

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 10

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern salad typically made with bulgur (dried and ground or crushed wheat berries that are parboiled). Here, warm brown rice takes bulgur's place.


  1. 2 cups short-grain brown rice
  2. 1/2 cup dried apricots
  3. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  4. 1/4 cup pine nuts
  5. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  7. 2 cups chopped parsley
  8. 1 cup chopped cilantro
  9. 1/2 cup chopped mint
  10. 1/4 cup salted toasted sunflower seeds
  11. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  12. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. In a saucepan, bring the rice and 1 quart of water to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 50 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Let stand for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork.
  2. In a bowl, cover the apricots with hot water. Let stand for 10 minutes. Drain and chop.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds and pine nuts on a baking sheet and toast until golden, about 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the oil with the lemon juice. Add the rice, apricots, almonds, pine nuts, parsley, cilantro, mint, sunflower seeds and tomatoes to the dressing. Toss well, season with salt and pepper and serve.