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Fast and Easy Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe

Your New Side-Dish Staple: This Vegetable Quinoa Tabbouleh

The following post was originally featured on The Whole Tara and written by Tara Milhem, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Latina.

Everyone talks about it, but by the time it comes down to actually making it, I can't find one good recipe. Except this one. This easy-peasy quinoa tabbouleh is basic enough to make with your eyes closed. I made it three different times yesterday. And not for any reason other than the fact that it's insanely delicious and my friends kept wanting more after our workout. If I have the patience to make this three times in a row, then you can make it once (or twice). This is a great dish to keep in the fridge and serve with lunch or dinner.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

From The Whole Tara


This is a Mediterranean-inspired recipe healthified with the use of quinoa instead of bulgur wheat or couscous, and jazzed up with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and vine-ripened tomatoes. You don’t even need to have experience in making quinoa to put this together. Just be sure to purchase prerinsed quinoa, or to rinse your quinoa thoroughly before boiling to release all of the saponins that make the quinoa bitter. Another good trick is to salt the water before boiling to speed up the process and add flavor to your quinoa. For more, just double or triple the recipe.

Fast and Easy Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe


  1. 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
    1 lemon, squeezed
    1 garlic clove, minced
    ½ cup olive oil
    2 Persian cucumbers (or other crunchy kind)
    1 pint cherry tomatos, halved
    ⅔ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
    2 scallions, thinly sliced
    Sea salt and pepper


  1. Bring quinoa, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 1¼ cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice and garlic in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add cucumber, tomatoes, herbs, and scallions to bowl with quinoa; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle remaining dressing over.
  4. If serving later, wait to pour dressing over and store in the refrigerator separately.
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