Quinoa tabbouleh

Quinoa tabbouleh

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(10 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus standing


Serves 4
A superhealthy and substantial salad, quinoa makes a nutritious alternative to pasta and rice

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal310
  • fat18g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.02g
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  • 200g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped seeds (although more similarly treated like grains) with a little tail…

  • juice 1-2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • small bunch mint, chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • bunch spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • ½ cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • handful walnuts, chopped



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…


  1. Rinse the quinoa well and place in a pan with about double the volume of water. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce the heat and gently simmer for 10 mins or until the grain unwraps itself. Turn off the heat and leave to cool slightly, then drain any remaining water.

  2. Season the quinoa, stir in the lemon juice and oil and leave to cool fully. Stir in the other ingredients, then serve.

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Saize's picture
25th Nov, 2018
We had this dish with Fragrant chicken curry with chick peas and Quinoa tabbouleh on side with rice. Everyone loved it. Including my 11 year old. Asked me to make more...
30th Dec, 2014
I added some sunflower seeds, and reduced the amount of oil and added a drizzle of balsamic. Also chopped up a quarter of a red pepper and added. Tasted lovely. I love recipes like this that you can alter and change according to what you already have in the cupboards at home.
4th Jul, 2014
Decided to vary it and add courgette and shallots, with toasted pine nuts instead of walnuts.
15th Jun, 2014
Delish. Very fresh-tasting, perfect for summer lunches. I was not too fond of the taste of the oil in the background, next time I will leave it out. I also left out the walnuts as I don't like nuts, I imagine that the extra crunch would add a nice dimension to the dish.
25th Mar, 2014
Simple and delicious. For a more fluffy result for the quinoa, simply simmer for 10 mins then stand for 10 mins. Good easy-cook quinoa method here www.lovequinoarecipes.com.
20th Jun, 2012
Nice combination. I find with quinoa though it goes a bit goey- any one got any suggestions how to get it more light and fluffy for salads??
25th Mar, 2014
For a more fluffy result for the quinoa, simply simmer for 10 mins then stand for 10 mins. Good easy-cook quinoa method here www.lovequinoarecipes.com.
4th Oct, 2010
I cooked the quinoa in chicken stock to make it tastier and added some cooked chicken. My daughter loved it in school for lunch. Used pine nuts instead of walnuts.
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