Tomato, Basil, Cucumber, Quinoa Tabbouleh

Whether your entertaining a big soiree or your immediate family, the barbecue often becomes the focal point of our outdoor meals. These days we crave for salads that are packed with goodness, flavor and freshness.

We love Tabbouleh, (also spelled as Tabouli) which is traditionally made with bulgur wheat, but here we made it with quinoa instead.  It's a Tabbouleh salad loaded with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh parsley, garlic, fresh basil, mint and quinoa, tossed in a fresh lemon vinaigrette.  And, we have to tell you it was fantastic and delicious!

Light and fresh tasting salad and while it's vibrant and delicious, it was a perfect addition to our BBQ.

As you know, quinoa is a gluten-free super grain we love to incorporate it into our salads and even main dishes all year long.

Gluten-free is no longer a food fad but a lifestyle change!  Enjoy!

Tomato, Basil, Cucumber, Quinoa Tabbouleh

  • 2 + 1/2 cups water
  • 1 + 1/4 cups quinoa, pre-washed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 2 lemons
  • 20 cherry tomatoes (about 1/2 pint)- diced
  • 1 English cucumber - diced
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
Cook the quinoa with water in a 1.5 quarts saucepan. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove and set aside for 10 minutes more while covered.
Stir with a fork to fluff.  Transfer quinoa to a large serving bowl.

In a small measuring cup, stir the olive oil and lemon juice together.
Pour over the quinoa. Add all the rest of the ingredients,
and mix until well combined.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cover bowl with clear wrap and refrigerate for about 1 to 2 hours before
serving.  Toss again just before serving.

Serves: 6 to 8

Also, try some of our quinoa salads as well:

                                               Greek Quinoa Salad

                                                 Quinoa Tuna Salad

                                         Quinoa and Cucumber Salad

                          Quinoa with Edamame and Fresh Vegetables Salad

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Hope you all had a great weekend.  I spent the weekend with my daughter and grandchildren in New York and we had a ball!  Thank you for stopping by, we love hearing from you every time we post a recipe.  Enjoy!
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  1. I love this take on tabouli! I much prefer quinoa. Thanks so much and I bet you had a great weekend!

    1. Thank you Abbe, Quinoa is our go to food for easy protein for those meatless nights. And, I am back home getting ready for more family to come down next week for the holiday. Have a great week!

  2. I really like quinoa and other grains that have become popular lately because of their healthy properties. A delicious salad!

  3. A weekend in New York sounds like such fun! I just happen to have a bag of quinoa sitting on my counter top - and a recipe ready to go. This dish sounds great especially with the cucumbers - yum!

    1. Thanks Tricia, I had a lovely time with the kids. I enjoy them so much every time I go up to NY. And, my sister and I get to catch up as well. It was a lot of fun. xxoo

  4. This looks so fresh, and perfect for summer! I always have quinoa in my pantry, and everything else I need as well. Sounds like tomorrow's lunch! :)

    1. Thank you! This is now our new favorite quinoa salad. It surpassed our expectations totally. Hope you will enjoy it too. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. i think i like the greek version of yours the best! They all look delicious though. I am officially on the quinoa wave!

    1. I think you may be right. We love any salad with feta on top, and that's what really gets us, I guess!

  6. I always love a good fresh salad with my bbq! This sounds perfect!


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