Kale Hemp Tabbouleh

You all (y’all) should know by now my love for salads in all forms and most recently I shared with you one of my favorite summer salads, the Cucumber Salad with Citrus Dill Dressing. Today I have another summer salad to share with you, it’s a gluten free, low carbohydrate, and high protein twist on a traditional tabbouleh dish. Kale Hemp Tabbouleh.

Kale Hemp Tabbouleh | nutritionstripped.com

Do you remember how I said I really like saying the word baba ghanoush, well tabbouleh (tuh-boo-luh or sometimes pronounced tuh-bul-lay in the US) is another word that I add into my “fun to say word” book. What is tabbouleh? Traditional tabbouleh contains bulgar wheat (a gluten containing grain), onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, sea salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, scallions, and mint. This dish is very popular among the Middle Eastern regions and of course, the dish and ingredients vary among regions/cultures. It’s served chilled or room temperature often in many ways (i.e. entree, side, “condiment”). A fun fact about tabbouleh: it holds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records!

Serve with…

  • As a main entree, add more protein and healthy fat to complete the meal (i.e. meats, tofu, tempeh, beans, lentils, avocado, nuts/seeds, etc.)
  • Simply as a side dish
  • Fresh avocado, which you can “mash” into the salad to create a thicker “dressing”.
  • Stuffed into a nori wrapper, for an on-the-go salad wrap similar to my Veggie “Sushi” Rolls.
  • Appetizer alongside with fresh hummus, vegetable sticks, olives, and falafel.

Kale Hemp Tabbouleh | nutritionstripped.com

Kale Hemp Tabbouleh | nutritionstripped.com

The star ingredients in this recipe are kale and hemp seeds. I’ve shared with you all how much I love kale in this recipe here and also the nutrition behind kale. Let’s focus on the not so common household ingredient, hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are one of my favorite seeds (besides pumpkin seeds), they have a wonderful mild and nutty taste and chewy texture quality to them. For example, hemp seeds are very tiny and therefore can be easily blended into dressings or dips (especially non-dairy dressing to give them some body and thickness). They’re great to easily add a boost of nutrients for anyone looking to increase their omega-3 content, protein, or healthy fats due to their size. The serving size is only 3 Tbs. which also makes it perfect for “sneaking” into the little ones oatmeal, salads, or smoothies to boost the nutrition content for them.

Nutrition Stripped nutrient breakdown of HEMP SEEDS |
*per 3 Tbs. which is a serving

  • Healthy fats } omega-3 ALA (3.0g), omega-6 (7.5g)
  • Protein | 10g per 3 Tbs.
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6
  • Vitamin A

Now let’s get into this recipe! As with all my recipes, make your own modifications where need be. If you don’t care for cucumbers add another vegetable instead, if you aren’t a fan of using this much garlic or onion, try a little less. Make it work for you!

Kale Hemp Tabbouleh | nutritionstripped.com

Kale Hemp Tabbouleh
Prep time
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A unique, grain free twist on the traditional Tabbouleh. Kale takes the place of bulgar wheat.
Recipe type: salad
Serves: 8
  • 5 cups organic kale, chopped (you may use Lacinto or regular kale)
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced (about 1 cup total, you can use cherry tomatoes, roma, etc.)
  • 2 cups cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup mint, chopped
  • 1 cup scallions, minced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ cup of hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 Tbs. of lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper, ground (to taste)
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped kale, lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt.
  2. Taking your hands, knead and “massage” the kale (see the Stripped and Massaged Kale Salad recipe), until the kale becomes softened and reduces in volume.
  3. Take the remaining ingredients and add into the large mixing bowl full of massaged kale.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Season to taste (make any adjustments for sea salt, pepper, etc.)
  6. Serve or keep chill in refrigerator.

Where to purchase // If you haven’t come across hemp seeds at your grocery store, that’s common as they’re a newer “superfood” to hit the market in the past couple of years. You can purchase them at your local health food store (here in Nashville Trader Joe’s and Whole Food’s carry it). I normally purchase in bulk due to the affordability and the pure fact that I eat them so often!

Do you like tabbouleh? Have you ever tried hemp seeds? Share below, I love hearing your experiences and comments!

Have a beautiful day,

xo McKel

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  1. says

    Love this salad- truly. I originally saw this recipe on the vega website. I make it but it makes a ton, so I give it away to triathlon friends. LOVE LOVE LOVE. And I always loved regular tabouleh too, but this is better for my stomach.


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