Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa is a wonderfully versatile “grain” that can be used as the base to a variety of ingredients. And though it looks and tastes like a grain, it is actually a leafy green that falls somewhere between spinach and swiss chard – really! One of our favorite Raleigh restaurants is Neomonde, a Lebanese cafe that serves tabbouleh, among other Mediterranean fare.

This healthy tabbouleh salad (though not Neomonde’s) is one you can easily make at home and tastes great.

Quinoa Tabbouleh


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 bunch curly parsley, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped English cucumber
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


  • 1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer to a bowl to cool slightly.
  • 2. Mix remaining ingredients in a large serving bowl. Add quinoa and stir gently to combine. Serve with grilled lamb or beef kebabs, if you like.
  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Recipe via Sunset


** Image Credits: Michelle Smith

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