Quinoa “Tabbouleh”

This is a simple recipe with a new (to me) grain. I think I saw it on Heather’s blog, but I’d already been itching to try it for a while. It’s now a favorite. Bobby loves quinoa too, and he especially loved this dish. We couldn’t get enough. Quinoa is not a true grain; it’s actually a grass. It’s related to beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds. Did you know its leaves can be eaten as a leafy vegetable? Unfortunately, they’re not widely available.

The Incas actually thought quinoa was sacred; they called it the “mother of all grains”. And it is a wonderful grain: it has high protein content (good for vegans and vegetarians) and includes an array of amino acids, which makes it a complete protein; it’s a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron; it’s even gluten-free and easy to digest.

Nutritionals: in 100 grams there are 370 calories, 64 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams fiber, 6 grams (healthy) fats, 14 grams protein, and a myriad of vitamins: 28% Thiamine, 21% Riboflavin, 38% B6, 46% Folate, 16% E, 37% Iron, 53% magnesium, 65% phosphorus, and 31% Zinc.

I got the secret ingredient from Martha Stewart; I was watching her show while rebounding the other day.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

01 quinoa tabbouleh


  • 1 cup quinoa (dry)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped leeks (raw)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (secret ingredient!)
  • 3/4 cup chopped leafy green (any will do; even lettuce works) OR parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper, to taste (more pepper than salt)


  1. Prepare the quinoa. I used a rice cooker, but you can cook it on the stove as well. The ratio is 2 cups water to 1 cup quinoa. Instructions here.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together. It’s that simple! Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.

02 quinoa tabbouleh

This dish provides a great amalgamation of carbs, fat, and protein. It’s well-balanced meal that’s filling but not heavy; flavorful but not overpowering. Try it! This meal is almost macrobiotic (tomatoes are iffy). Hm, what is Maggie up to now…?

What’s your favorite way to eat quinoa?

(Or have you every wondered what eponymous means?)

11 Comments on Quinoa “Tabbouleh”

  1. Pam
    14 September, 2009 at 10:43 am (7 years ago)

    Looks fresh and yummy!

  2. coco
    14 September, 2009 at 10:45 am (7 years ago)

    looks like a fresh salad!
    I have tried quinoa couple of times and didn’t like the texture much. I’ll give it another try with this recipe! 🙂

  3. Cindy
    14 September, 2009 at 11:02 am (7 years ago)

    oh Quinoa tabouli sounds wonderful
    I’ve read your last couple posts (catching up) and I so hear you!

    sometimes it’s good to hang the rules and follow your heart.

    it’s all good baby cakes!

    and woo hoo on a new piano! We should get one some day.

    Happy Monday

  4. Kimberly
    14 September, 2009 at 1:30 pm (7 years ago)

    i enjoy quinoa, but I find it really difficult to make it nice and fluffy.

  5. Michal
    14 September, 2009 at 2:34 pm (7 years ago)

    that salad looks so fresh and refreshing!

  6. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    14 September, 2009 at 5:35 pm (7 years ago)

    I love blending quinoa with a little water and protein powder and topping with nut butter…just like my oats. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit. 🙂

    Mint – love it, but I never think to buy it. Thanks for the reminder Maggie.

    Macrobiotics…yay. 🙂

  7. Jules
    14 September, 2009 at 6:53 pm (7 years ago)

    Ooh I tried making quinoa tabbouleh once…it wasn’t very flavorful though. I should try using the mint. I think we actually have some quinoa, I should try making this sometime soon.

  8. Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    14 September, 2009 at 8:31 pm (7 years ago)

    I love quinoa! It’s so delicious–and good for us! I usually eat quinoa like I would oats. I’ve also made it as a side dish with more savory recipes.

    That’s a beautiful dish and sounds yum! 😀

  9. Caroline
    14 September, 2009 at 9:10 pm (7 years ago)

    Love quinoa! I love making it into a salad with black beans & avocado.

  10. healthy ashley
    15 September, 2009 at 6:36 am (7 years ago)

    This looks pretty darn good. I’ve been obsessed with quinoa lately!

  11. Jen (Running With Cake)
    15 September, 2009 at 11:13 am (7 years ago)

    I like quinoa made with chicken broth, spinach, grape tomatoes, and feta! So delish!