Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

quinoa tabbouleh

5 from 3 reviews

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad is refreshing Middle Eastern salad with protein packed and gluten free quinoa, crunchy and juicy vegetables, fresh herbs and zesty lemon juice. It is a healthy party of flavours on your plate!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Cook + Chop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • 1 cup quinoa, dry
  • 1 + 1/4 cup water
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded & diced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • 1 large bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 large green onion sprigs, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 large lemon, juice of
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Cook quinoa on the stove: In a small pot, combine quinoa, water and a pinch of salt. Cover, bring to a boil on high heat, reduce heat to low and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from heat, let stand for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork.
  2. Or cook quinoa in Instant Pot. You can also use leftovers.
  3. Transfer quinoa to a large mixing bowl and add tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, mint, onion, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Gently stir salad with large spoon to combine.
  5. Serve cold.

Store: Refrigerate leftovers covered for up to 24 hours.

Make ahead: Add quinoa and all veggies to a large bowl and cover tightly. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cover. Refrigerate for up to 2 days. Warm up dressing (to melt olive oil) on a counter for a few hours or in a bowl with hot water for a few minutes. Combine before serving.


  • I know most quinoa packages say the ratio for cooking quinoa is 1:2 = 1 cup of dry quinoa: 2 cups of water. I cook quinoa for salads using 1:1.25 ratio. This way it turns out al dente.
  • Chop parsley finely using a food processor – saves a lot of time.
  • If you don’t have mint, feel free to add small grated garlic clove. It is not part of original tabbouleh salad but tastes so good. Or just add it in any case.
  • I do not rinse quinoa as it comes pre-washed. It is hard to remove the seeds from a colander. We do not find any saponin taste that we do not like.

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