Quinoa Tabbouleh

This tasty vegan quinoa tabbouleh is always a hit and so easy to make! This speedy side dish doubles as an appetizer and snack, and is gloriously vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

I have a weird foodie faux pas to fess up to.

Until fairly recently, I had no clue what bulgur was. Myyyy bad! I’ve been obsessed with Mediterranean food for ages and have eaten my weight in tabbouleh, yet had no flipping clue what I was actually scarfing!

How embarrassing.

I’ve always just assumed it was quinoa or cous cous or some random unidentified balls of garlic in my parsley. I really should pay better attention to what I put in my mouth.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Anywho! I decided that if I purchased bulgur, no matter how versatile a whole grain it is, it would wind up in the back of the pantry with the olives, millet, and the alluring-yet-intimidating black rice I purchased after an article promised it’s basically the best grain ever.

It’s like Narnia back there. I’m pretty sure there’s a secret door behind the cous cous that leads to an alternate dimension. I bet they have a Whole Foods there.

I, unfortunately, don’t have a Whole Foods.

I do, however, have a costco-sized bag of quinoa and a giant pile of parsley.  Let’s party.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Make a little… or a lot! This mediterranean quinoa is quick, easy, and totally delicious!

Quinoa Tabbouleh
5 from 2 votes

Quinoa Tabbouleh

This tasty vegan quinoa tabbouleh is always a hit and so easy to make! This speedy side dish doubles as an appetizer and snack, and is gloriously vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Quinoa Tabbouleh
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 251 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • one bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2-3 vine ripened or roma tomatoes. diced
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, smashed and minced
  • 4 stalks of green onion
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • a hearty drizzle or two of a quality olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. This recipe is as simple as cooking cup a cup of quinoa and chopping up a few herbs and veggies! It's as quick and easy as it is healthy and delicious; gotta love that!
  2. Cook up a small pot of quinoa per package directions or feel free to use this [photo tutorial] to get you started! This should take about 13 minutes.
  3. Once fluffed and ready, combine with finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, onion, garlic, green onion, and lemon juice.
  4. Drizzle liberally with your favorite olive oil and add garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Mix, taste, and add more of your favorites, if desired! That's it!

Recipe Notes

If you happen to have mint on hand then by all means add it in! Traditional tabbouleh makes ample use of it and I can't wait to plant some this spring! It's about time I have the essentials on hand at all times: parsley, mint, dill, basil, and chives. I can't wait!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Tabbouleh
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 30mg1%
Potassium 683mg20%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 3873IU77%
Vitamin C 62mg75%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this Quinoa Tabbouleh, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Tabbouleh is a great way to use up extra parsley if you bought a giant bunch only to use a teeny bit in a recipe and equally a fantastic use for leftover quinoa!

Pair it with fluffy pita bread, pita chips, and/or crackers with creamy hummus!  It also makes a fabulous Greek salad topper and is great in gyros and sandwiches!

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  • Linda Nortje

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe ! We use Bulgur quite often in South-Africa, but I haven’t made anything recently. We love Tabbouleh and will add your recipe to our menu (with Mint!)

  • Dini

    5 stars
    It’s been ages since I’ve had tabbouleh and now that’s all I’m wanting! 😀 I’ve made it with cous cous before but never with quinoa. This looks fantastic!

  • Marjorie

    Funny! I used bulgur for the first time this week to make a salad. I got mine at Publix. I too have the enormous bag of quinoa from Costco…LOL! I actually like quinoa or farro better than bulgur, but I am proud of myself for branching out.

  • Sarah Pie

    YUM! This looks easy and tasty, holding on to this one for the summer 🙂

  • They make these really cool scissors that have 6 or so blades that make chopping herbs a breeze!!!

  • Oh gosh that could be fun! I’m off to check out the recipe, thanks!

  • You need 10lb jars, eh?

  • It’s four pounds of amazingness! I wonder if it can be frozen raw? Off to google!

  • Jackie

    yum! Looks so good! I don’t have a whole foods either but we do have a Costco…. I’ll be looking for quinoa the next time I go!

  • Yay! Parsley is SUPER easy to grow at home — even in a windowsill! it can stand up to neglect too – Mine froze during the winter this year but its slowly starting to regrow and revive itself these past few days!

  • Shashi Charles

    yum yum yum!
    I have me a giant bag of quinoa from Costco too – now if only they sold parsley there!

  • Kim Hoeltje

    Looks awesome! I just love your photos, no matter what the food is, it always looks good 🙂

  • haha shut up! great minds think alike! I had oodles of parsley left over from a salmon cake recipe and couldn’t resist trying my hand at tabbouleh! Love it so!

  • Sprint2theTable

    Haha – I posted almost this exact recipe in August, except I used cucumber. I’d read about how good parsley is for you and ate it like a mad woman.

  • yummm i want this NOW! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Like Narnia huh?! I’m pretty sure that’s where my coconut flour hangs out too. Oh and my fancy red quinoa because gah, it’s red. Imagine how pretty that’ll come out. Actually maybe you can come take the photos for me because it’s sure to be a success then.
    I just finished off my Costco sized bag of oats, and I easily when through two jars of marinated artichokes making my Stuffed Artichoke Soup. Those artichoke jars really aren’t big enough. 🙂

  • Aparna. B.

    Girl, I don’t know what bulgar is either. But I like that you made tabbouleh with quinoa! Hooray keeeeeenwah. This looks great and something I know I’ll definitely be making in the forseeable future 🙂

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    Well quinoa is a fun switch-up! If you do decide to purchase some bulgur…I put some in my vegetarian chili and it’s fab. 🙂

  • Yum, deliciousness. I always get a big plate of tabbouleh when I go to an oriental restaurant and I love taking home the leftovers for healthy snacking or as a side to my lunches. Making it yourself isn’t that hard, I know. But it takes soooo much chopping 😀 though, I think I might do it just to try adding quinoa. Sounds fabulous!

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