Quinoa Tabbouleh


Quinoa Parsley Tabbouleh – Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Whole Grain, Plant-Based, Vegan, Salad, Easy Spring Recipe

Medium |  Servings: 4  |  Ready In: 15 minutes |  Yield: 5 cups

Traditional tabbouleh is a classic Lebanese salad combining cracked wheat with fresh parsley.  This gluten-free version uses healthy quinoa. A zing from Middle Eastern spices and Sherry vinegar make the flavors pop.  Serve as a side dish for a plant-based summer party, along with Grilled Asparagus Kalamata Olive Meyer Lemon Salad, Moroccan Chickpea Tagine Stew, and Za’atar Spiced Rainbow Carrots.


How it’s Done

To make the Quinoa Tabbouleh: Place the quinoa and spices (coriander, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper) in a dry pot. Cover and toast over medium heat, stirring often, for about 5-7 minutes. When the quinoa has toasted, add the shallot, garlic, and 2 cups of water.  Cover, and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and cook until quinoa is done, about 10-12 minutes.
When the quinoa is done, remove from heat and fluff to steam off any excess liquid. Transfer to a medium bowl. Let cool for about 10 minutes.  You can speed this up by placing the bowl in the freezer.

While the quinoa cools, chop the parsley and dice the tomatoes.

When the quinoa has cooled, add the Sherry vinegar, parsley, and tomatoes.  Stir well to combine.  Taste to adjust seasoning.  Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature.  Enjoy!

Serve with Grilled Asparagus Kalamata Olive Meyer Lemon Salad, Moroccan Chickpea Tagine Stew, and Za’atar Spiced Rainbow Carrots.

Chef Katie’s Tips: 

Curly vs. Flat-Leaf Parsley: Use curly parsley for this recipe.  It has a milder, slightly sweeter flavor that works well with the nutty flavor of the quinoa.

Sherry Vinegar “Pop”: Sherry vinegar is the secret ingredient in this recipe.  It adds a pop of bright, acidic flavor.  It has a fruitier flavor than red wine vinegar, with a little less sweetness than balsamic.  If you don’t have Sherry vinegar, you can substitute with Champagne vinegar or lemon juice.

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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3 g 4 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 1 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 26 mg 1 %
Potassium 526 mg 15 %
Total Carbohydrate 33 g 11 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 16 %
Sugars 2 g
Protein 7 g 14 %
Vitamin A 23 %
Vitamin C 30 %
Calcium 5 %
Iron 26 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Shopping and Gear List

  • truRoots Organic Quinoa 100%
  • McCormick Gourmet Organic Ground Cumin, 1.5 oz
  • Simply Organic – Coriander – 2.29 oz.
  • Napa Valley Naturals Sherry Vinegar (15 Star), 12.7 Ounces


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