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Quinoa tabbouleh
5 from 4 votes

Quinoa Tabbouleh

A more nourishing version of the traditional version, this gluten-free Quinoa Tabbouleh is so delicious. I hope you love it as much as I do. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 4


  • 170 g quinoa (1 cup) or approximately 3 cups cooked
  • 1 red onion/s (small) finely diced
  • ½ bunch/s fresh parsley leaves -finely diced
  • ¼ bunch/s fresh mint leaves -finely diced
  • 2 red capsicum/s -diced
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber (small) diced (none in this photo as I can't stand it)


  • 1 clove/s garlic -finely diced or crushed
  • 1 lemon/s -zest and juice (approx. ¼ cup juice)
  • 120 ml olive oil (½ cup) extra virgin
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper -to taste


  • Firstly rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve really well for at least 1 minute (this removes the bitter saponins from the quinoa). If you have time to soak the quinoa in water with a splash of apple cider vinegar (for up to 12 hours) this will improve its digestibility.
    Cook the quinoa by placing it into a pot with 2 cups of water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat a bit to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook uncovered until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes. This step gives the quinoa time to pop open and the little white spiral to appear. After 5 minutes, remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Allow to cool.
  • Mix it together with all of the other ingredients.
  • To make the dressing, combine all of the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well until combined (it looks almost creamy).

Thermomix method

  • Rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve really well for at least 1 minute. Add 700g water to TMX bowl. Tip quinoa into steamer basket and cook for 15 minutes, Varoma temp, speed 4, MC on, or until cooked.
  • Use your TMX spatula to remove the steaming basket and tip quinoa onto a plate to cool. Tip out remaining steaming water.
  • Chop the parsley and mint in your TMX 5 seconds speed 5.
  • Combine the salad and then make your dressing (without rinsing it).
  • Chop the garlic 5 seconds, speed 8.
  • Add the lemon, zest, olive oil and seasoning and combine 10 seconds, speed 6.


  • You can make quinoa ahead of time, store in the fridge, and then make this salad very quickly!
  • Make ahead but don’t dress until right before serving.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.



Simply omit the onion.


Replace the garlic with ½ teaspoon ground cumin and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Make a meal of it

I love this salad as is, but there are so many ways to make it into a big meal...
  • add any grilled protein such as chicken, fish, lamb, tempeh
  • lovely with toasted nuts or seeds
  • I love this with grilled chorizo and goat or feta cheese
  • have it for breakfast with a poached egg
  • delicious in a wrap with falafel
  • I often use leftovers to fill fresh spring rolls.
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I'd love to hear how you like this twist on the classic. Post a comment or rate this recipe.