Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe

Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe
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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Will Heap

Quinoa Tabbouleh

This spin on the classic Middle Eastern salad, "tabbouleh," swaps traditionally used bulgur wheat (which you could also use) for nutritional, superstar quinoa, which is high in "complete protein," meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Serve it as a dinner side dish or store it covered in the refrigerator for a healthy and filling go-to snack.

Click here to see Quinoa: The Heart-Healthy Food with a Quirky Name.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup seeded and finely diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup peeled and diced cucumber
  • 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ cup minced scallions, white and green parts
  • 3 tablespoons slivered fresh mint leaves, plus whole leaves for garnish

Directions

In a small bowl or cup, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

In a serving bowl, toss together the quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, scallions and mint. Add the dressing, toss until evenly coated, and serve.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Shopping Tip

Middle Eastern cuisine relies on some fragrant and expensive spices and seasonings such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, coriander, turmeric, and sumac. If possible, buy and store them whole; whole spices have a stronger aroma and flavor.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Cooking Tip

For a stronger flavor and aroma, toast spices before grinding them, and only grind the amount that you need for the recipe. Keeping spices whole until needed extends their shelf life.