Red & White Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Print Recipe Print Recipe


I’m sorry.

I meant to share this recipe with you WAY back in September. and now it’s December.

Remember when I spoke at the Wife Style Conference? Right. Well, I made this Tabbouleh salad for everyone and it was a hit! I also promised I would share the recipe… 3 months later. Fail.

I know it’s not summer anymore, but this can be enjoyed any time of the year. It’s light, refreshing and absolutely delicious!

The traditional Tabbouleh is made with couscous, which contains gluten. Thank goodness for alternatives, like quinoa, we’ve got options!

It’s also a great option for entertaining. Serve in endive boats or in mini glasses with a mini wooden fork. OR serve as a salad or side for buffet or sit down dinner.

However you decide to serve this, ENJOY because it’s delish!


Red and White Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

[adapted from New York Times]

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  • 1/2 cup white (original) quinoa
  • 1/2 cup red quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice or lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 6-8 scallions, white part and light green sections, finely chopped
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved


Optional – not necessary for all. . .before cooking, rinse the quinoa (white & red) thoroughly.

In a medium saucepan, add quinoa, water and 1-teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. If there’s excess water, drain through a strainer and then spoon the quinoa back into the saucepan. Let sit uncovered or with a paper towel covering for 20 minutes. Use a fork to fluff the quinoa.

To make the dressing, whisk together the lemon (or lime) juice, olive oil, 2 teaspoons of salt, and cumin.

Transfer quinoa to a large bowl, drizzle dressing over and toss until well combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.


*Gluten-free *Dairy-free

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  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Beautiful! Red and green, bowl and napkin…and the contents of the salad. So seasonally color coordinated 🙂

  • Bev Weidner

    Who cares what month it is – this salad is SOOO HOT and will be in my mouth very soon.

  • Kalyn

    I would happily eat this any time of year!

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Mmmm I love tabbouleh and I love quinoa! This is perfect!!

  • Katie

    It is so colorful! Can I pretend it’s still summer while I eat it?

  • Kayla @ Sheriff of the Kitchen

    Pretty colors, they are perfect for the season (red and green). What is the difference between red and white quinoa? Taste, texture, consistency? Or is it purely aesthetic? Did you serve it at room temp, warm or cool? Sorry for all the questions.

  • Jo

    This looks delicious. Would love for you to come and share this with us at

  • Christine

    Hey Lisa, your Tabbouleh is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? Show your foodie love and vote here

  • Rebekah

    TASTY. I doubled the quinoa (but not the salt) and cooked it in chicken stock rather than water.

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