Quinoa Tabbouleh

Get ready to dive into the world of health and taste with this exceptional Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe. This traditional Middle Eastern salad gets a wholesome upgrade with the addition of quinoa, the superfood that packs a nutritional punch. Bright, fresh, and filled with crisp veggies, this dish is the perfect fusion of health and zest.

The refreshing blend of citrusy lemon, zesty parsley, ripe tomatoes, and fluffy quinoa offers a quick and easy salad solution that is both nourishing and delicious. It's an ideal choice for lunch, dinner, or as a filling snack for those on the go.

Why This Recipe Works

Quinoa Tabbouleh ticks all the boxes for a fantastic recipe. First, it is a powerhouse of nutrition. Quinoa, the star ingredient, is packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients like iron and magnesium. The vibrant mix of fresh vegetables adds a wealth of vitamins and antioxidants, making this dish incredibly healthy. Plus, this tabbouleh is a gluten-free alternative to traditional versions that use bulgur wheat, making it suitable for those with specific dietary needs or preferences.

Moreover, the beauty of this recipe lies in its versatility and simplicity. You can whip it up with minimal ingredients, most of which are probably already in your pantry. The process is straightforward and quick, making it an excellent choice for a last-minute meal. The salad can be served immediately or stored in the refrigerator for later use, making it perfect for meal prep. The earthy quinoa beautifully balances the tangy lemon and fresh herbs, resulting in a flavor profile that is sure to excite your palate. Quinoa Tabbouleh is not just a meal; it's a celebration of health, taste, and simplicity.


Quinoa - A complete protein, rich in fiber and gluten-free grain. If quinoa is not available, bulgur wheat is a traditional substitute, although this will change the dish from gluten-free.

Fresh Parsley - Gives a vibrant color and refreshing flavor. If parsley isn't available, fresh coriander or cilantro can be a good alternative.

Fresh Mint - Adds a unique, aromatic touch to the dish. Dried mint can be used as a substitute if fresh isn't at hand.

Tomatoes - A juicy element in the salad. Cherry tomatoes can also be used. In a pinch, rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes can substitute.

Lemon - Offers a tangy freshness. In its absence, lime or even a splash of white wine vinegar can work.


  • Ensure you rinse the quinoa well before cooking to remove its natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy.
  • To maximize flavor, cook your quinoa in vegetable broth instead of water.
  • Chop your herbs and tomatoes while the quinoa is cooking to save time.
  • Toss the salad while the quinoa is still slightly warm - it will absorb flavors better.
  • The salad tastes best after it's been allowed to sit for a little while, so consider making it ahead of time.

How to serve

Tabbouleh serves well as a fresh, vibrant side dish, perfect for summer gatherings, picnics, or barbecue events. Its refreshing flavors are a wonderful complement to grilled meats or fish, providing a light balance to heavier main dishes

  • Serve it alongside grilled chicken or fish for a protein-packed, balanced meal.
  • Pair it with pita bread and hummus for a delightful Mediterranean snack or appetizer.
  • Include it as part of a mezze platter with other dips like baba ganoush, tzatziki, and falafel for a feast of Middle Eastern flavors.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Enjoy this refreshing, protein-rich Quinoa Tabbouleh salad. Perfect for summer picnics or as a vibrant side dish for grilled meats or fish.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: fresh mint, Quinoa
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups fresh parsley finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely diced
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Rinse quinoa under cold water until water runs clear.
  • Cook quinoa as per package instructions, set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, chopped parsley, mint, and diced tomatoes.
  • Squeeze in the juice of two lemons, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix well and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving to allow flavors to meld together.


Calories: 685kcal Carbohydrates: 120g Protein: 28g Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Sodium: 83mg Potassium: 1750mg Fiber: 18g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 11088IU Vitamin C: 167mg Calcium: 300mg Iron: 16mg
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