Middle Eastern Vegan Buckwheat Tabbouleh

Middle Eastern Vegan Buckwheat Tabbouleh (gluten-free)

Middle Eastern Vegan Buckwheat Tabbouleh (gluten-free)

Submitted by Gerry Gospe

I adapted this recipe from the book Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your way to Lasting Health by Sharon Palmer, RDN using an Immunity Spice Mixture I found on Christa Orecchio’s website.


  • 1 cup uncooked buckwheat
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 4 cups chopped fresh parsley, loosely packed
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 1 bunch green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • ½ English cucumber, with peel, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 diced apple, skin on
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 ½ – 2 tsp. Immunity Spice Mixture, recipe follows
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds (optional)
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds (optional)


  1. Make Immunity Spice Mixture: (makes @ 10 tsp.) Stir the following spices together in a small bowl. Place in a spice jar.
  • 3 tsp. Tumeric, 1 ½ tsp. each cumin and coriander,
  • 3 tsp. ground fennel (grind seeds in spice grinder)
  • ½ tsp. each dry ginger and ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. powdered cinnamon
  1. In a pot, combine buckwheat and the water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir. Lower heat to simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off heat, for 5 minutes more. Drain liquid. Transfer to a large salad bowl to cool or refrigerate.
  2. Place garlic, parsley, and mint in a food processor. Pulse until only finely chopped. Pour onto cooled buckwheat.
  3. Add green onions, celery, cucumber and apple. Mix well.
  4. Place 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil in small sauce pan, add 1 ½ -2 tsps Spice Mix. Stir over med-low heat until the spice become fragrant. You’ll be adding this spice mix to the next step.
  5. Whisk together in a small bowl the olive oil, lemon juice, Immunity Spice Mix, Salt and Pepper to taste. Add to the buckwheat mixture to taste. Serve at room temperature.


* Steps 1 and 2 may be done the day before.

Note: If you are eating a low glycemic alkaline diet to reverse disease or cancer, you’ll want to omit the apple.