Vegetarian Quinoa Tabouli Salad

Quinoa tabouli salad
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
298 Calories
15g Fat
38g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 298
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 673mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 7g
Calcium 116mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This gluten-free and vegan quinoa tabouli salad (also spelled tabouleh or tabbouleh) salad is made with whole grain, gluten-free quinoa instead of the bulgur wheat which is traditionally used in tabouli recipes. It's really a two-in-one: you get a quinoa salad as well as a traditional Middle Eastern tabouli, and all of the ingredients are vegetarian and vegan as well, so it's perfect for just about any diet or food sensitivity. 

If you like quinoa, you might want to branch out and try some other whole grains, too, such as kaniwa, millet, and teff. Whole grains such as these are versatile, and, if you buy them in bulk, they're a bargain.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes (chopped small)
  • Optional: 1 cucumber (chopped)
  • 4 scallions (green onions, chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons mint (fresh, chopped)
  • 1/2 cup parsley (chopped fresh)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste, sea salt or kosher salt is best in this recipe)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium pot, cover the quinoa in water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a slow simmer, cover, and allow the quinoa to cook for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Fluff a few times with a fork to allow the last bits of steam to escape. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, while the quinoa is either cooking or cooling, in a large bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, scallions, garlic, fresh mint, and fresh parsley.

  3. Once the quinoa has mostly cooled (it can be warm still, but it shouldn't be hot) add the cooked quinoa, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt, tossing gently to combine well. Season with sea salt or kosher salt, to taste.

  4. Chill your quinoa tabouli salad for at least 1 hour before serving, preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to mingle and fully develop. Lightly toss it all together again just before serving. 

  5. Give this quinoa salad recipe an extra squeeze of fresh lemon and a dusting of sea salt again just before serving for an extra burst of flavor.

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