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Green Quinoa Tabbouleh

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"We're heading straight into grilling season, and for me, tabbouleh is one of the all-time great cold side dishes, since it pairs so perfectly with all those highly-seasoned, smoky meats. Maybe it's the size of quinoa, or the less wheaty flavor, but for me this vibrant, bracing salad is significantly better with quinoa instead of the traditional bulgur wheat. Blanching the herbs keeps this fresh and green for several days."
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3 h servings 402
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Bring water to a boil and prepare a bowl of iced water. Add 1/2 of the parsley, 1/2 of the mint, and 1/2 of the tarragon. Blanch herbs for 5 seconds, then scoop into the iced water. Let cool completely, about 2 minutes. Drain well and squeeze out the water.
  2. Rinse quinoa well. Sprinkle salt into the blanching water. Add the quinoa and simmer on medium heat until just barely tender, about 12 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the remaining herbs into small pieces.
  4. Add garlic to the blender with the blanched herbs. Squeeze in lemon juice and add olive oil. Blend starting on low speed, pulsing on and off, and finishing on high speed, until dressing is smooth and green.
  5. Remove quinoa from heat; place in a strainer set over a bowl and drain for 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Transfer quinoa to a bowl. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Let cool until it is between warm and room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Stir dressing into the quinoa. Continue cooling if salad is not yet at room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes more. Add the chopped herbs and mix to combine. Wrap bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors meld, about 2 hours.
  7. Taste the salad and adjust seasoning as desired. Transfer salad to a serving bowl.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • Whether you make this with quinoa or bulgur, I recommend keeping the salad relatively simple, and then using it as a base for other composed salads.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 402 calories; 22.6 43.4 9.8 0 78 Full nutrition

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my husband LOVED this salad. It was easy and quite good. I did not blanch the herbs as per the recipe and used them raw, the flavor was muted but overall it was a hit. I also added diced tomato,...

I blanched and made the dressing according to his directions, thinking the whole time that this better taste good enough to make it worth the extra effort. It was! Used red quinoa because that...

Loved it, used Cilantro variation, i've added some avocado slices, mmm yum!

I admit, I too thought this better be good for all the effort...and it was! I am always looking for recipes I can use fresh herbs from my garden and this made good use of my herbs. Even Mr. Me...


Very tasty. I didn’t have any fresh herbs so I used dry - 2 tablespoons for 2 bunches; 1 tablespoon for 1 bunch. This worked very well for a tasty side dish when I didn’t feel like potatoes, pas...

This is such a change from regular bulgar wheat recipes. We all loved it to the last grain of quinoa!

I really like it, lots of flavor.