A bowl of tabbouleh with cilantro, lime, and grilled shrimp.

Orange-Lime Tabbouleh with Grilled Shrimp

  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


This is adapted from this more traditional Tabbouleh recipe.

Use the recipe as a guide: Typically I use lemon with tabbouleh, but I was looking for a change, and I thought orange and lime sounded nice with the addition of grilled shrimp.

Other ideas that might be nice here: a minced jalapeño or other bell pepper, avocado, raw corn … so many things.

Bulgur: If you have never tried extra-coarse bulgur, I encourage you to make the effort to get your hands on some — the texture is so nice. You can find it at Greek and other international markets. I almost always order it (Duru Extra-Coarse Bulgur) because I have a hard time finding it.

Shrimp: I’m using Wild American Shrimp (15-20 count) here, which I bought from Hooked in Latham. Hooked always sources fish from sustainable fisheries and if you are looking for more information on sustainable sources of shrimp, check out Seafood Watch.


  • 1 cup bulgur, extra-coarse* if possible, see notes above
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced to yield a cup or more to taste
  • 1 English cucumber or 3 Persian cucumbers, finely diced
  • 1 to 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 to 6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and light green parts
  • 1 small bunch of chives, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro or parsley, finely minced to yield a heaping cup
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the shrimp
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. 15-20 count (large-ish) shrimp, devained and butterflied


  1. Place bulgur in a large bowl. Cover with cold water. Let stand for one to two hours. Drain through a fine-meshed sieve. Place in a large bowl. (Note: If you are not using this extra-coarse bulgur, cook bulgur according to package instructions.)
  2. Heat a gas grill to high or prepare a charcoal grill for high heat (guidance here if needed: Grilling 101).
  3. Add the onions, cucumber, tomatoes, and salt to the bowl of bulgur. Toss. Add the scallions, chives, and cilantro or parsley, and toss again.
  4. Combine the orange and lime juice. You should have at least 1/2 cup of juice. If you don’t, juice another lime. Pour 1/2 cup of juice into the bowl of bulgur and vegetables. Add the olive oil. Season with pepper to taste. Toss. Let sit for 10 minutes before adjusting the flavor — the salt draws out the moisture in the vegetables, and you may not need additional juice/oil. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary with more salt, lime, olive oil, or pepper as needed. Set salad aside.
  5. Place shrimp in a large bowl and season all over with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil or neutral oil and toss to coat. When grill is hot, dump the shrimp on top of the grates. Let cook for about a minute. Flip. By the time you finish flipping, the shrimp likely will be nearly done. (If your grill is very hot, the shrimp should take 3-4 minutes to cook.) Transfer the shrimp to a clean bowl, piling the hot shrimp on top of one another. I like to err on the side of taking the shrimp off the grill when they might not look completely cooked and allowing the residual heat of the heap of shrimp to finish the cooking of the shrimp. Let the cooked shrimp sit in their bowl for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add shrimp and their juices to tabbouleh bowl. Toss and serve.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: shrimp, grilled, tabbouleh, summer, salad