Quinoa Tabouleh Salad

by Jen on June 28, 2011

Tabouleh is a common Middle Eastern salad that consists of parsley, mint, tomato, bulgur, olive oil, and lemon juice.  But, since you all know I have a love affair with quinoa, I thought I would replace the bulgar with quinoa and add a couple of extras!

QUINOA TABOULEH SALAD

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped curly parsley
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
1 Roma tomato, diced
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 cucumber, seeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
juice from 1 lemon
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Combine quinoa and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed.  Remove from heat, fluff, cover, and let stand.

In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients.  Add cooked quinoa and toss.

Serves 5.

I have a small bowl of this salad almost everyday for lunch.  It’s simple, it’s fresh, and it’s healthy.  My 3 must-haves for a salad!

Today is supposed to be pretty warm.  Can you believe, I’m actually wearing a dress?  I NEVER wear dresses.

But this one is so comfy……and no, it’s NOT Lululemon.  I want to get this maxi dress for summer.  Hopefully I can go shopping this weekend 🙂

What is your favorite outfit to wear on warm summer days?

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1 Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy June 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I'm a shorts and t-shirt kind of girl. my hubby really would like me to wear dresses, but it's just so NOT my style. But you look fantastic in that dress… your hubby must be very happy (o:

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2 Annie June 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

cute dress girl!! you look awesome!!

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3 Suzi June 29, 2011 at 12:12 am

I love your dress! I'm actually a total dress girl in the summer, outside of workout clothes I only have one pair of shorts and one pair of capri pants – everything else is skirts and dresses!

And I nearly bought that maxi dress a few weeks ago!

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4 Jen Riley June 29, 2011 at 2:41 am

Love the dress!! And I'm gonna have to try quinoa here one day…that salad looks delish!

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5 Maple Leaf Mommy June 29, 2011 at 3:55 am

Yum. Love the recipe. I've got the kids and myself hooked on deli Tabouleh. Need to try making it at home, and I like the quinoa twist.

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6 Suzanne @WorkoutNirvana September 8, 2011 at 2:46 am

Yums! I always get the tabouleh at Garbonzos Mediterranean Grill, and now I can make it myself! The dress is gorgeous (and you in it). I never wear dresses either but will don a skirt here and there.

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