Aug 29

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa is one of the easiest things I never make.


Maybe it’s not strange enough?

After complaining about the lack of fresh tabbouleh available in restaurants, it was brought to my attention that I could just make my own.  Thank you, Captain Obvious.

Traditional tabbouleh uses bulgur, but I’m not traditional.  I use quinoa for the added protein.  And because that’s what was in my pantry. ;)

I really loved the bright lemon in this.  It compliments the parsley perfectly and helps make this salad last several days in the fridge.  It also nicely complimented the sea bass I ate it with.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad


One of the reasons I had not made tabbouleh before was the overwhelming thought of mincing that much parsley.  Then I remembered my kitchen shears.

Best short cut ever.  In fact, I even cut the onion with them!



This dish is a fantastic way to get more parsley in your diet.  Why should you eat more?  I’ll tell you…

Parsley Benefits:

  • Rich in many Vitamin C,  B 12, K and A (good for immune system, bones, and nervous system)
  • Acts as a diuretic, helping flush out excess fluid
  • Can help control your blood pressure due to the folic acid content
  • Rich in luteolin, which eradicates free radicals, promotes carbohydrate metabolism,  and is an anti-inflammatory
  • May impede growth of cancerous tumors.


Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

  • 1 C cooked quinoa
  • 1 large bunch fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 C red onion, diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground garlic


In a large bowl, toss together parsley, chopped tomato, cucumber, onion, lemon juice, and seasonings.

Add chilled quinoa to bowl and mix together.  Adjust seasoning to taste.

Makes 4 servings.


It’s also a great way to use those massive bunches they sell.  Who can eat all that so fast?! 

Do you eat much parsley?  Tabbouleh?

What’s your favorite herb?  Keep it legal (in most states ;) )…



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  1. Running Hutch

    Parsley! I should eat more. I hear if you have parsley and cilantro combo is a great cleanser.

    1. Laura

      And who doesn’t love a good cleanse?! ;)

  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I love parsley! Its the one been that goes with anything and everything. But I also love dill, it has such a fresh flavor.

    1. Laura

      Dill is a great one that I NEVER remember to use! Must change that.

  3. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Using quinoa for tabbouleh is a brilliant idea! I love it but never make it, because you know, bulgur?

    I’ve heard another benefit for parsley, but I’m not quite sure how to say this in a classy way. It is supposed to make you, um, taste good. You know. Both men and women. Not to mention it freshens your breath and puts pretty greens sparkles between your teeth!

    1. Laura

      We tweeted, but have to say it again… this new knowledge made me day. ;)

  4. courtstar @ starsystemz

    I love this salad its my all time favorite and I loved that you used quinoa! Great idea!! I am in love with mint right now its complementing all of my green juices quite well! Thanks for sharing, hope you have a great week! Love + Shine Courtstar

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… I bet this would be good with mint too!

  5. lucie@swissfitchick

    i eat parsley every day, because…..I eat onion and garlic everyday. if you mix it with parsley, you eliminate the stinking part :-) True!
    I LOVE tabouleh and I love the idea to prepare it with quinoa! I love the tricolor quinoa and if I don’t use it in salad, I eat it sweet with shredded apple, cinnamon, stevia and cacao powder. Of course.

    1. Laura

      Girllll… I don’t know about that. I smelled delicious after eating this. LOL!

  6. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Our neighbours growing up were Lebanese and they would bring vats of tabbouleh over so it was bountiful. However, the reason I detested it was good old parsley! I just find the taste off-putting! Although that recipe sounds good, I’ll just have to omit ;)

    1. Laura

      My mom doesn’t like parsley either. I wonder if it’s a thing like with cilantro?

  7. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    I make quinoa all the time. It helps that it cooks quickly!

  8. Linz @ Itz Linz

    i had no idea about the benefits of parsley!

  9. Pamela Hernandez

    I love tabbouleh! And I love basil. I by a bunch at the farmers market. Then I put it in a vase with water. It makes my kitchen smell amazing. It also sprouts roots and lasts forever that way.

    1. Laura

      I do that too! Smells delish and it’s beautiful!

  10. lindsay

    i love parsley! My parents are growing it in their garden. I’m like a rabbit and go steal it, then eat it fresh. Is that weird?

    1. Laura

      Sounds perfectly reasonable to me! ;)

  11. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    I LOVE parsley and I strangely don’t eat it enough. Quinoa tabbouleh is one of my favorites and I rarely make it. Not sure why? I can’t choose a favorite herb. My favorites are rosemary, basil, cilantro, sage and parsley.

  12. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Is it tabbouleh if I leave out the cucumber?? LOL We use parsley all the time – have it growing in our garden. And I love using quinoa b/c it’s just so fast and easy to prepare.

    1. Laura

      Sure! There are no rules in salad-making. :)

  13. Lee

    Growing up, my mom used to make tabbouleh from a box like every night (the near east brand) and I always thought it tasted like sand. It wasn’t until many years later when I tasted real tabbouleh and realized that it was good!

    1. Laura

      It comes in a box???

  14. RavieNomNoms

    I really love quinoa! I always have it in my pantry. I end up making a large batch of it at the beginning of the week and then during the week using it for lunches and dinners, and even breakfast sometimes. It is SO easy to make and goes with so many different things.

    We love parsley in my house. My bunny and I eat it often. He thinks it is the best thing ever, whenever he eats it it looks like he is eating spaghetti, because I give him the stems too. Who would have thought that parsley would be such a treat for a rabbit!

    1. Laura

      I want to see a video of that!!!

  15. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    I need me some kitchen shears!
    So far, I have only had store bought Tabbouleh… I do use a good bit of parsley and cilantro – which are two of my fav herbs – AND totally legal!

    Love your version of Tabbouleh with quinoa!

    1. Laura

      Have you ever confused the parsley with cilantro? Such a sad moment…

  16. Jess @ JessieBear


  17. Tamara

    Thanks so much for this post Laura!
    You know, I have a garden full of parsley, and I never know what to do with it other than garnish things!
    And I ADORE quinoa so win-win!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! Please let me know if you try it. :)

  18. Autumn

    Hey, Laura! I sent you an email a couple days ago asking a few questions, just fyi! Wondered if you might be able to find the time to reply back? Thanks a ton!

  19. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    I love fresh tabbouleh, but it is hard to find. I like the idea of making this with quinoa, I have a huge Costco bag of it and love finding new ways to use it.

  20. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    I LOVE fresh tabbouleh! Heading on a road trip tomorrow and this recipe would be perfect for the long car ride!

    1. Laura

      Just be sure to bring mints!! ;)

  21. Allie

    Mmmm, I love tabbouleh! I had never thought to make it with quinoa, though! SO smart! I’m just like you… I love quinoa, but I never make it for some reason?!

    1. Laura

      You need to make quinoa COOKIES!!! ;)

  22. Hannah

    I love that you spend your weekends doing massive amounts of food prep, but mincing parsley seems like too much effort.

    You better be making the most of your week off, m’dear. I want to hear tales of relaxation and SHENANIGANS. xo

    1. Laura

      I am fully aware I make on logical sense. And I embrace it.

  23. Jody - Fit at 55

    I only eat parsley if it is in something someone else makes! :) OK, you can hit me now! ;)

    1. Laura

      Jody!!! I swear… ;)

  24. CCU

    This looks absolutely beautiful, I would love to devour this salad this weekend :D


  25. Jamie

    I have a ton of parsley in my garden and have been needing something to do with it. Perfect!

    1. Laura

      I wish I had a garden! Let me know if you try it. :)

  26. Fran@BCDC

    I love tabbouleh and I have made it before. Never thought of making it with quinoa but that’s a great idea. I just realized I have bulgur in the cupboard AND Ralph mentioned we haven’t had it in awhile. Maybe I’ll make it both ways and see which he likes better. Thanks, Laura!

    1. Laura

      Ralph is a lucky man! I just may show up at your door if you are doing a taste test. ;)

  27. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Dammit I just froze a bunch of parsley. I should have made Tabbouleh. Eh, who am I kidding. I was too tired, and I knew the parsley wouldn’t last long enough so I froze it instead. Maybe I’ll make Tabbouleh in the winter time and be like, “what’s up now!”
    I have to check out the kitchen shears. I have a pair of herb scissors and they work like a dream. If you don’t have a pair, I’d recommend them considering the amount of fresh herbs you use.

    1. Laura

      Do I need them if I have the shears though? SO many things in my kitchen. I need a second home.

      1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

        I’d actually say yes because you use fresh herbs all the time. Here’s a link to a pair, although this isn’t the same brand as mine. You get five cuts for every one with the shears.

          1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

            Doh! http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/stainless-steel-herb-scissors/1014670874?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_none_&gclid=CJvG_-3_qrkCFcN_Qgod0VsAHQ
            There’s the link….although based on that bad ass herb mill, you’d probably don’t need it. That thing looks awesome. Have a great Sunday.

          2. Laura

            Yeah… it actually works really well. If I use it.

  28. Kait @ ChickadeeSays

    Oh yum! I love Tabbouleh (btw that word sucks to spell, my poor dyslexic brain hates it) however I have never had it with quinoa! I really need to eat parsley more, I use is as a garnish but it rarely makes it the main bit!

    xx Kait

  29. Karen

    Made this tonight. Was YUM. I did add a teeny bit of extra virgin olive oil. I know. I hate when I read people modifying recipes. Will definitely make it again :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you for trying it out and letting me know! I LOVE to hear how people modify recipes. We learn from each other. :)

  30. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I always think Tabbouleh has too much parsley, but I guess making your own you can choose how much needs to be in there. :)

    1. Laura

      Ummmm… tabbouleh basically is parsley. ;)

  31. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    I’ve been wanting to make tabbouleh for MONTHS! Ever since I bought that ginormous bunch of parsley when I made my blueberry coleslaw! I was actually surprised by how long that shit survived in the crisper drawer, but sadly, it did not make it through last weekend. Looks like I’ll have to go buy some more! That will give me a good reason to bust into some of my grain stash since I announced my mission on the blog the other day to clear some of it out before the end of the year…it’s kinda sad how long I’ve had some of that stuff!

    Favorite herb = BASILLLLLLLLLLL!

    1. Laura

      I’ve been trying to clear out too. I’m down to my last jar of PB, but my flour collection is still out of control. *sigh*

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