Tabbouleh or Tabouli is one of my favorite Mediterranean salads.  Coming from the Eastern Mediterranean (Lebanon and Syria), tabbouleh cools the senses and is a brilliant complement to spicy  or strong flavored foods.  It is wonderful as a lunch with grape leaves, olives and roasted red peppers.  I also love to eat it with falafel and tahini sauce or Moroccan spiced meatballs.  Tabbouleh is a burst of flavor that is a fantastic opener for a grilled fish or baked chicken dinner.


Quinoa Tabbouleh is a Superfood

Quinoa tabbouleh can be a complete meal on its own.  Quinoa is gluten free and high in protein.  There aren’t many dishes that have the amount of fresh parsley and mint that tabbouleh has.  They are both loaded with antioxidants and combined they create a nutritional powerhouse that can decrease heart disease risk, improve your brain function, relieve indigestion and reduce symptoms of a cold as well as improve your blood sugar.  Add in the cancer fighting components of lemon juice, the anti-inflammatory benefits of extra virgin olive oil and the cholesterol reducing benefits of garlic and you have a recipe that makes a true impact.  Besides the incredible flavor, the heath benefits make tabbouleh a treasure of the Mediterranean.

Quinoa Tabbouleh


Additions to the original

Some things shouldn’t be messed with and Quinoa Tabbouleh seems like one of those foods, but I do make additions on occasion.  Sometimes, I add feta and Kalamata olives.  I often serve the tabbouleh on a bed of lettuce surrounded by grape leaves.

Easiest way to make Quinoa Tabbouleh

In the kitchen of today, there are almost always methods to quicken the process of making a recipe.  For example, you can hand chop the herbs and vegetables in this recipe or you can chop them in a food processor.  You can make a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and just simply mix the already cooked quinoa into your salad.

Quinoa Tabouli

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Bill Bradlley
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people
Calories 236 kcal


  • 2 bunches parsley, washed and de-stemmed
  • 1 bunch mint, washed and de-stemmed
  • 4 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Make quinoa according to package directions.
  • Add parsley, mint, green onions, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice to a food processor (or chop by hand).  Chop until herbs are very fine.
  • In a bowl, add herb mixture, diced tomatoes and cucumbers and quinoa.  Mix well.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Drizzle olive oil on top.


Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 67mgPotassium: 361mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1791IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg
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A few more Lebanese recipes:

Lebanese Fattoush Salad

Lebanese Fattoush Salad


tabouli recipe

Traditional Tabouli Salad (with bulgur)


Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Lebanese Hummus

Lebanese Hummus


Plus, check out Bill’s Video on making Food Truck Falafel

About the Author: Bill Bradley, R.D.
Bill’s passion is to live and teach the principles of good food, generosity, and how to open our hearts while we take care of ourselves and others. More →
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