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Quinoa Tabbouleh

When my mom and sister developed several food allergies, we had to modify many recipes. I substituted quinoa for couscous in this tabouleh. Now we make it all the time! —Jennifer Klann, Corbett, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, 12-15 minutes. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork. Transfer to a bowl; cool completely.
  • Add the beans, cucumber, red pepper and parsley. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled.
Editor's Note
Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 159 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Donna
    Dec 2, 2017

    This recipe is very good however Tabbouleh is not the same as couscous, b is made with bulgar wheat and is not a pasta as is couscous.

  • Jenisl
    Aug 16, 2016

    Very good! Definitely will make it again!

  • toolbarsco
    Feb 16, 2016

    very easy and good--I agree with adding additional fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • celestie4
    May 25, 2013

    If it doesn't have quite enough zip, add more lemon juice (I used fresh squeezed). GREAT!

  • ahmom
    Oct 25, 2012

    very good

  • Pinstripes
    Aug 21, 2012

    Love it!

  • Mrs_T
    Jul 24, 2012

    I just tried this recipe for the first time and took it to a potluck at church. People raved over it and several asked for the recipe. I had to leave out the parsley as I had forgotten to buy any (and I'm sure it would have been far better with the parsley included), but it didn't seem to make a difference to people. A very refreshing and healthy salad that I am likely to make again and again!