This quinoa tabbouleh salad is one of my favorite weeknight salads. It’s light, fresh and perfect with any meal!Tabbouleh is a very popular Middle Eastern dish. Traditionally, it is made with a generous amount of fresh parsley, some fresh mint, a bit of bulgur wheat and tomatoes, and it is seasoned lightly with lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Because tabbouleh is primarily a parsley salad, if you order it at a restaurant, the salad will look much more green than what you see in my photos.
Personally, I find there’s a bit too much parsley in traditional tabbouleh. In my version, I bumped up the amount of grains and tomatoes to balance out the flavors more. Instead of using bulgur, I chose quinoa to make the salad gluten free. The quinoa works very well here, and it has slightly more protein per serving than bulgur.
Whenever I’m making this quinoa tabbouleh salad, I don’t actually follow a recipe. I usually eyeball the salad to see if it needs a more greens or tomatoes. As you make this recipe, you definitely want to taste as you go, adjusting the seasonings to whatever suits your taste. Over time, you’ll probably cook this quinoa tabbouleh salad without looking at the recipe, too!
MASTER MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES
- Soak red onions in lemon juice: The acid in the lemon juice helps take out the raw bite in the onions. Whenever I eat raw onions, there’s a strong aftertaste in my mouth that I don’t like. Soaking the onions in acid like lemon juice or vinegar helps neutralize the flavor.
- Optional Seasonings: In my quinoa salad, I also added some granulated garlic, sumac (for more lemony flavor), and paprika. Feel free to add whatever dried herbs and seasonings you have on hand!
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