Sep 27

Strange But Good: Tofu Tabbouleh Salad

Sometimes the strange is right in front of you.


If you live in a city, it’s right in front of you more often than not.

For this week’s meal prep, I had all the ingredients to make my Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad again.  Except the quinoa.  I swear, between the plumbing, burning food, and general forgetfulness… there is some sort of black cloud over my kitchen this week!



That cloud lifted when I had a strange (but good) idea for a substitute.  Better yet, it’s high in protein… tofu!

It’s a bit different texturally speaking, but the soft tofu works against the hearty, crunchy parsley.  I loved the way the lemon juice and spices soaked into this making it even more flavorful!

Tofu Tabbouleh Salad recipe


I followed the original recipe almost exactly, but as an afterthought added a tablespoon of nutritional yeast.  Vegan cheesy tabbouleh… why not?  I already jacked up the traditional version. ;)

My tofu sub and the “cheese” add worked like a charm.  And then I did what Tiggers do best.



Tofu Tabbouleh Salad

Tofu Tabbouleh Salad

  • 12 oz firm tofu, crumbled
  • 1 large bunch fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 C red onion, diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground garlic


In a large bowl, toss together parsley, chopped tomato, cucumber, onion, lemon juice, and seasonings.

Add the tofu crumbles to bowl and mix together.  Adjust seasoning to taste.

Makes 4 servings.

Note: This stores well in the fridge for 3-4 days.  It is even better on day 2 when the flavors have time to marry.


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I love this idea! I like tabbouleh, but sometimes it is too parsley-ey. I bet the tofu smooths it out.

    1. Laura

      Given the benefits, isn’t it worth the extra parsley? ;)

      (Yes, I crack myself up.)

  2. Lisa

    Oh yum! This looks great! I’m down with anything that adds some nutritional yeast to it – I’m a sucker for the flavor.
    And I just have to add how much I love that you added an Eeyore picture to your post, since he was totally my favorite Winnie the Pooh character as a kid;)

    1. Laura

      Nooch and hot sauce. I put that shit on everything. ;)

  3. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    Great idea- love tabbouleh and have some extra tofu from Costco that I need to use up!

  4. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I love how your #strangebutgood link up posts fit perfectly with my Friday lunch break! I had lunch with some friends last week and one of them ordered tabbouleh as their side and I tried some to see if maybe my tastes had changed but no. Parsley and me do not match. Can’t believe you’ve been blogging for 3 years! Congrats- that is a HUGE milestone and you’ve achieved so much. Making people feel less strange, one dish at a time. (That should be your new motto ;) :p)

    1. Laura

      Our time zones coincide so nicely. :)

      Totally stealing that tag line…

  5. STUFT Mama

    I’ve never had tabbouleh. I just need to come visit so you can teach me your ways. :) 3 years??? You go friend. Happy Friday!

    1. Laura

      Only if you make me a green dessert! ;)

      Thank you!

  6. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I love tabbouleh but I prefer to make it myself in a nontraditional way. Not a huge parsley fan. Is it still tabbouleh if there isn’t parsley in it?? Brilliant idea on the tofu!

    1. Laura

      I think it would be great as any sort of salad! Spinach would work just fine. :)

  7. lindsay

    i am doing the tiggers dance with you! get that cloud lifted. You’re kitchen needs to be shining bright now!!
    p.s. totally linked up to SBG in order to help decided a healthy bite flavor. yes, guilty.

  8. lindsay

    p.p.s 3 years of blogging happy dance too. and giveaways!

  9. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    What a great substitute! I love when this come together like that. And nooch was a great last minute addition! PS – I am so tired this morning, it’s one of those days i question my morning workout sanity! :)

    1. Laura

      I do the same sanity questioning, but as I’m jogging to the gym at 730pm. If it were easy everyone would do it!

  10. Lee

    Sounds good (and not that strange) to me!

  11. janet @ the taste space

    Interesting recipe, Laura. I linked up my fun recipe from yesterday :)

    1. Laura

      Awesome! I love when you come play. :)

  12. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    If you lived nearby, I would have shared some quinoa with you. Used it last night when I started prepping tofu not at all as I had intended. I lost my mind but at least dinner turned out edible LOL. Love adding nutritional yeast flakes to just about anything.

  13. Kierston @candyfit

    Looks savoury my friend! Yum!

  14. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Congrats on three years! And this is yet another reminder that I still have to try nutritional yeast :-p

    1. Laura

      Whaaat?! I need to come force feed you some then!

  15. Kait @ ChickadeeSays

    Mmm… Tabbouleh! Between you and Heather I have seen SO many great sounding tofu recipes that I might just have to change my stance on it being gross! *Musters up the courage to try it again*

    xx Kait

    1. Laura

      Doooooo it! Try the tofu dressing – you’d never know it was in there!

  16. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I’m a huge fan of tabbouleh, great idea to add tofu! Have a great weekend, Laura!

  17. Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    I can’t remember the last time I had tofu :( that seriously needs to change!!!!!!!!! congrats on getting strange but good friday SO BIG!

    1. Laura

      Thanks, Lovie! :)

  18. Allie

    I’ve only had tabbouleh a few times, but loved it. And I love tofu. So I think this recipe is a win :)

  19. Hannah

    I added nutritional yeast to my lunchtime chocolate soaked tvp today. Beat that.

    1. Laura

      Dude. Did you see my Oatmeal Cookie Shake? Nooch all the way –> http://www.sprint2thetable.com/2012/07/oatmeal-cookie-dough/

  20. Jody - Fit at 55

    I am wondering if the new job & all the new stuff & different schedule is just leading to some of this – maybe takes some time to get used to all the new stuff & maybe more hectic & longer hours.. sometimes leads to you acting like an older person like me! ;)

    1. Laura

      I think it’s just that time to make repairs in my condo. And the drama of that lead to distractions… alllll better now. Thank god.

  21. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Woo hoo! A week of giveaways, huh? Making up for forgetting the poor little bloggy’s birthday last year, huh? ;) Seriously though, can’t wait to see what you’ve got lined up! And I’m SO excited to see how big the link up is getting! Yay for spreading the strannnnnnge! Lol

    PS, thanks for linking me up chickie!

    1. Laura

      Seriously. My little bloggy way so pissed at me for forgetting.

      I’m just storing up favors for when I can’t get to WIAW to link. Bwhahahaha!

  22. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Three year blogiversary…now’s that’s impressive. Kudos to you my friend.

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