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Quinoa Tabouleh

February 1, 2012

Last night, Ryan and I split dinner duty: he got to choose the main dish, while I chose a side.  His main dish choice? Hamburgers.  My side? Quinoa tabouleh.

See? I haven’t abandoned my Newlywed, Newly Veg roots entirely.  Although I will say, the hamburgers were pretty tasty.   But there will be more on that in Ryan’s post…right now: tabouleh!

When I worked at a vegetarian restaurant during the summer in high school and college, I was given a t-shirt that read “Tabouleh or not tabouleh: that is the question.”  You gotta love vegetarian humor. 

Tabouleh is typically made with bulgar, but this recipe uses quinoa instead for an extra kick of protein.  This is a great side-dish as is, or you could top it with shrimp, chicken, or chickpeas for an easy main dish salad.  It would also be a great take-along for a picnic…you know, because we’re all going on so many picnics right now.  Whatever—summer will be here before we know it!

Actually, by the time summer rolls around, I should have a two-month old baby in the house…and that’s just scary.  So summer is far away.  Very, very far away.

Let’s just focus on the tabouleh.

Quinoa Tabouleh


1 cup quinoa

2 cups water or broth

2 cups flat-leaf parsley

1 cup fresh mint

1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

1/4 cup minced red onion

juice from 1 lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

garlic salt to taste


In a pot, combine quinoa and liquid.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for about 15 minutes, until all liquid has been absorbed. 

While quinoa is cooking, chop herbs until finely minced.  Combine herbs with tomatoes, cucumber and red onion.  Once quinoa has cooked, add to herbs and veggies.  Top with lemon juice and olive oil, and mix well.  Season to taste with garlic salt.

This recipe really couldn’t be easier!






All together now…



Hope you have a great Wednesday!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2012 3:45 pm

    *drool* one of my all-time faves!

  2. February 1, 2012 4:07 pm

    I actually prefer quinoa tabouli to the bulgar variety. I was in charge of making tabouli when I worked a the food shop in college. It’s one of my all time favorites! Since quinoa is a complete protein, that makes it even better for tabouli in my book! Sounds like a great dinner Anna!

  3. February 1, 2012 4:32 pm

    I love getting tabouleh out, but I’ve never made it at home! Your version looks awesome- so fresh!

  4. February 1, 2012 4:39 pm

    This looks fresh and perfect as a dinner side!

  5. February 1, 2012 5:02 pm

    Looks fantastic (as always). Just love the pictures!

  6. February 1, 2012 5:03 pm

    Sold! I’ll definitely be making this one as well.

  7. February 1, 2012 5:23 pm

    Never had Tabouleh before! This looks good though and I need to use up some quinoa!

  8. February 1, 2012 5:59 pm

    I’ve never had tabouleh before! Those pictures are awesome – they make me want to eat some right now 😀

  9. February 1, 2012 7:11 pm

    Love tabouleh! It definitely reminds me of summer, but then again anything with mint does that. 🙂

  10. Emo permalink
    February 1, 2012 8:48 pm

    A mom told me today that being a third-year law student is like being in your third trimester: you’re ready to not be in school/pregnant anymore, but you are totally not ready to be a lawyer/parent. So, yes, summer (aka the bar exam/two month old) is very far away.

  11. February 1, 2012 9:57 pm

    I love quinoa tabouleh…better than the original!

  12. February 1, 2012 10:55 pm

    Yum, this looks wonderful!

  13. February 2, 2012 2:40 am

    I made something similar for dinner tonight, only with couscous and without fresh herbs because I am too lazy to chop them.

  14. February 2, 2012 2:52 am

    I would choose your half of the meal. Burgers are a take’em or leave’em food for me…but quinoa tabouleh!? YUM!

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