Gluten-Free Favorites: Quinoa Tabbouleh

December 11, 2013

Tabbouleh salad is a mediterranean classic with cucumber, onion, herbs, lemon juice and bulgur wheat as its stars. This user-submitted gluten-free recipe uses quinoa as a flavorful substitute for the bulgur, which also adds healthy protein!

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
Submitted by When You Whisk Upon a Star


1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
4 green onions, chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/2 large cucumber, diced
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint, finely minced
1/8 cup fresh parsley, finely minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice, or less (to taste- I like a lot!)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa and stir. Cover and reduce heat. Allow quinoa to simmer on medium-low heat until all water is cooked off, about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Be careful not to burn your quinoa. Allow to cool.

Place cooled quinoa into a large bowl (preferably something with an airtight lid).

Add all remaining ingredients and gently stir until very well-mixed. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Stir again before serving.

Can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for two or three days. But it's best on the first day, when the veggies are still fresh and crisp!