Quinoa Tabbouleh

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For those of you who are not familiar with Tabouleh, let me tell you first what it is before we go any further. I myself do not know Tabouleh until I moved here in Canada. I am not saying that it is a Canadian thing, but because Canada is so diverse that there are a lot of cuisines available to us.

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern vegetarian dish traditionally made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur, and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. It has a very light and fresh taste to it which makes it great as side dish. I love it especially with grilled meat.

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It has a slight sour taste from the lemon, but sour in a good way, and the mint gave it a fresh taste. This can be made without Quinoa, often times when I order this in a restaurant, they do not have Quinoa in it. I tried the Quinoa Tabouleh from the one sold in Costco, and I immediately fell in love with it. It looks so simple, and it is simple. So, I decided to made this at home. I’m glad I did. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup Quinoa (measured while uncooked)
  • 2 tbsp Chopped fresh Mint
  • 1/3 cup Cherry Tomato (around 9-10 pieces)
  • 1/3 cup Diced Cucumber
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Onion or Shallots
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice – can be substituted with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1/8 tsp Chilli Pepper (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cook quinoa as per package instructions.
  2. Chop and dice ingredients.
  3. Mix everything in a bowl. Adjust seasoning according to your taste.
  4. Set aside for at least 1 hour, better yet leave over night. This will make the salad absorb more the lemon juice and spices.

Serves 3

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Try it and let me know how it goes. Feel free to share this recipe and let’s get the community baking!♥

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