Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa is a great base for a variety of lunches and dinners.  It’s healthy and filling, and since it doesn’t have a super strong flavor, it can be used in so many different dishes.  This quinoa tabbouleh is incredibly refreshing, flavorful, and healthy.  I made this for dinner on Sunday and was craving it by 9:30AM Monday morning!  I kept my leftovers in the refrigerator and packed it for lunch for the entire week.

Serving Size:  6-8 people (or you + lunches for the week!)

Time: 20-30 minutes


1 cup quinoa

2 cups chicken stock (or water if you want it to be vegetarian)

1 box of cherry tomatoes – halved (or about 2 cups of any other tomato – chopped)

1 cucumber

1 bunch of parsley

1 medium sized red onion

1 lemon

salt and pepper

Start by cooking your quinoa on the stove.  I always use chicken stock instead of water as my base when I make savory quinoa, because it gives it a nice flavor.  While the quinoa is cooking, chop your tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and parsley into small pieces.  I used to get frustrated cutting a lot of herbs like parsley or cilantro until I got these herb scissors for Christmas from my brother and sister-in-law.  Thanks, guys–they are a game-changer!

Mix the cut tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and parsley in a medium bowl and squeeze in the juice of one lemon.  Salt and pepper to taste.  (Remember the quinoa will have a little bit of salt from the chicken stock too, so don’t over-salt!)   Once the quinoa is cooked and fluffy, let it cool for a little bit and then mix it into the bowl.  The more the dish gets a chance to sit and mix together, the better the flavor, so don’t be afraid to make this and then give it some time to rest!

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Photos by Tawni Bannister.

2 responses to “Quinoa Tabbouleh

  1. I make a very similar version of this often, but also add a rinsed and drained can of chickpeas – more fiber, more protein, more filing!

    1. Great idea, Carolyn! I’m definitely trying your chickpea trick the next time I make this dish! Thanks for the recommendation :-)

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