Healthy Red Quinoa Tabouli Recipe

I love grain-based salads! Here’s my take on a classic tabouli salad recipe. Traditional tabouli – also spelled tabbouleh – is made of bulgur wheat. I made this one with red quinoa. Instead of red quinoa salad, you can make white quinoa tabouli or tricolor quinoa tabouli, or you can use any favorite grain including traditional bulgur wheat.

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Enjoy this healthy red quinoa salad as a side dish or add some protein to make it a meal.

When I have more time, I will dice the tomatoes and cucumbers more finely. That makes the tabouli more traditional, but I don’t mind the bigger pieces to save some time chopping. I do like to use as much parsley as I have available, so if it’s convenient, I might use as much as 3 cups tightly packed, finely chopped parsley. It sounds like a lot, but it’s really not too much as long as you chop it finely.

Going to a potluck? This red quinoa tabouli recipe is a perfect contribution. So are veggie-packed potato salad and bean and barley salad.

quinoa tabouli salad in a wooden bowl

This healthy quinoa salad recipe makes a huge bowl. It’s perfect for a party or potluck. Feel free to cut the recipe in half if you don’t need the full 10 cups.

Enjoy this refreshing Mediterranean-style salad as a side dish with hot or cold foods, or make it into a meal with the addition of kabobs, chickpeas, chicken or salmon.

healthy quinoa tabouli salad in white bowls

Sometimes I’ll squeeze a little extra lemon on my tabouli just before serving.

Healthy Red Quinoa Tabouli

Use this healthy tabouli recipe as a blueprint to create an infinite number of variations. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables and herbs.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Middle Eastern or Mediterranean
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Jill Weisenberger MS, RDN, CDE, FAND



  • 1 cup red quinoa cooked according to package directions with salt omitted (about 3 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups tightly packed finely chopped fresh parsley (about 3.5 ounces) Use more as desired.
  • 1/2 tightly packed cup finely chopped fresh mint (about 3/4 ounce)
  • 2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes (about 13 ounces)
  • cups diced cucumber (about 8 ounces)
  • ½ cup diced scallions (about 1.25 ounces)


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse pepper


  • Allow the quinoa to cool in a large bowl. Toss the vegetables and herbs with the quinoa.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Add the dressing to the quinoa mixture. Toss to mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Chill.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 200mg | Fiber: 2.5g

If you need a healthy gluten-free recipe, make a quinoa salad. Otherwise, you can make this tabouli recipe with bulgur, farro or any of your other favorite grains. It doesn’t matter what base you use or if you spell it tabouli or tabbouleh, it’s a delicious and nutritious dish.

Jill Weisenberger

I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.

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