quinoa tabbouleh (vegan & gluten free)


i dreamt up this recipe and made it for lunch yesterday…it was fresh, healthy and delicious! Tabbouleh or Tabouli is a middle eastern grain salad dish usually made with bulgar wheat and parsley. i decided i wanted to try a gluten free version using red quinoa. it’s quick and easy and quinoa is really good for you, it is a whole grain that has a lot of protein and fiber. parsley is one of those superfoods that boosts immune function, is anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer! heck yes!

Quinoa Tabbouleh (vegan & gluten free)

What You Need:

  • 2 cups of quinoa – serves 4 – i used the red quinoa from Trader Joe’s
  • bundle of italian parsley
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • 1 avocado for garnish
  • salt
  • optional: sub the veggies or add more like cucumber, tomato and a little fresh mint

Do It:

  1. cook your quinoa per the instructions on the package – usually 2 cups of water per 1 cup of quinoa, boil, then simmer on low for 10 to 15 minutes. fluff and cool – so it’s not a warm salad!
  2. using a small food processor or a knife and your arm muscles, chop a nice bunch of parsley leaves – i used around 1.5 cups but you can add or subtract depending on how much you want in your dish – but you need parsley, that’s what makes it tabbouleh!
  3. chop your celery, pepper and other veggies and add them all in a salad bowl with your quinoa.
  4. dress with olive oil, lemon juice (i used the whole lemon for a nice acidity), and some salt – toss and taste as you go.
  5. garnish with some avocado and a sprig of parsley and you’re in healthy business! … this will keep in your fridge for a couple days and just get’s tastier!


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Thanks for sharing this gluten-free recipe! I have celiac, and so every gluten-free recipe I find is greatly appreciated :] I'm watching the Nate Show right now---That's how I heard about your blog! You are ADORABLE! Check out my blog, it's a mix of recipes, personal style, interiors, and diy projects!



I've been checking out your site for just a few minutes and I am lovin it!!!!! You had me on the nate show now with vegan recipes I'm over the moon!


Also I need to know about your sparkly nails! What is that screams I am a fun person, which you are!


Has anyone else had any problems with Quinoa? I love the stuff, but find it gives me itchy arms! (Random, I know!). Awesome recipe, I really want to make it (to hell with itchy arms!). 🙂


Are you rinsing the quinoa grains well before you cook them? Quinoa has a coating you clean off...


This recipe is so simple and tasty, ive had it for lunch for two weeks running now!!!!


so glad you like it!


Tabbouleh! I'm glad I'm not the only person who loves to eat this stuff :3 I might try this one day! It looks so good!


I have to say that I brought this to a dinner party @ my dad's last night and it was the biggest hit! Mind you these guests were serious West Indians who love their meat, and by the end I was telling people the recipe. So delicious, simple, and amazing. Thank you!!


FANTASTIC!!! love to hear that! thank you for your comment! xx - kate