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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
10 mins
25 mins
35 mins

Tabbouleh salad is often made with cracked wheat. This version uses quinoa, a nutritional powerhouse that isn’t a grain at all but a seed. While it isn’t the Middle Eastern classic, this tabbouleh features the same refreshing spicy flavors as the original. Try it topped with slices of pan-fried halloumi cheese. As Found in The...

Course: Break-Fast Meal, Light Meal, Side Dishes
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Keyword: American, Break-Fast Meal, Light Meal, Middle Eastern, Side Dishes
Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 398 kcal
  • 2 tomatoes large
  • 1 shallot
  • parsley 1 bunch flat-leaf
  • mint fresh, 1 sprig
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper ground, black
  1. Assemble, prepare, and measure ingredients. Dice tomatoes. Mince shallot. Finely chop parsley stalks and leaves, and mint leaves. Juice lemon and measure 3 tablespoons of juice.

  2. Place pine nuts in a small nonstick pan and lightly toast over medium heat for about 2 minutes, until they release their nutty scent. Be careful not to burn them. Remove from heat and let cool in the pan.

  3. Bring 2 cups/500 mL salted water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Add quinoa, cover, turn down heat to low, and simmer for 15–20 minutes, or until quinoa forms little “tails.” Remove from heat. If there is any remaining water, drain quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve. Set aside, uncovered, in saucepan or sieve.

  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together tomatoes and shallots with lemon juice. Sprinkle with allspice. Mix in parsley and mint. Stir in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Stir quinoa into tomato-parsley mixture. Serve topped with toasted pine nuts.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 504mg14%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 512IU10%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.