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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

A trendy variation on the classic Middle Eastern dish

  • This fresh and nutritious version of tabbouleh makes a nice change of pace as an entree or a side salad. Michelle Riley/HSUS

Serves 6 as a side dish

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Bring the quinoa, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender (about 10 minutes).

Remove the quinoa from the heat and let it stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Then fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork, and spread it out on a large rimmed baking sheet to cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and garlic, then gradually whisk in the olive oil. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the cooled quinoa into a large bowl and mix in 1/4 cup of the dressing.

Add the chopped cucumber, tomatoes, herbs, and scallions and toss together. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and drizzle any remaining dressing over the mixture.

Tip: This recipe can be made one day ahead of time. Cover the remaining dressing and quinoa separately and chill before combining and serving.

Recipe slightly adapted from BonAppetit.com.


All figures are per serving (assumes six servings).

Calories: 236
Fat: 13 g
Carbs: 25 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 5 g
Sodium: 207 mg

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