- 1 cup water
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup quinoa
- 2 tomatoes, deseeded and cut into ¼-inch chunks
- 1 shallot, minced
- 3 bunches flat-leaf parsley leaves and soft stems, sliced thin
- 1 bunch fresh mint leaves, sliced thin
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Stir water and ¼ teaspoon sea salt together in a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid; bring to a boil. Stir the quinoa into the boiling water, cover the saucepan, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the water is completely absorbed and the quinoa is soft, about 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, but leave covered for 10 minutes more. Fluff quinoa with a fork and transfer to a plate to cool completely.
- Toss quinoa, tomatoes, shallot, parsley, and mint together in a large bowl.
- Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, allspice, and cinnamon together in a bowl until dressing is smooth; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the quinoa mixture and stir to coat.
Substitute quinoa in other recipes using less nutritious grains such as rice. The nutritional profile will be increased and no other grain can compete as far as protein goes since quinoa is a complete protein. Try the different colors of quinoa too. There is white, red, or black. You can also find all three together, in a tri-colored version at Trader Joe's.
What others are saying
Jen the Mighty says:
Delicious and so easy to prepare. Quinoa, when done right, is a hit. This is one of those times, and the allspice and cinnamon in the dressing add a really unique touch.
Jessica Scott says:
This tabbouleh with quinoa was really delicious. I served it with pita chips, super simple! I added a little extra salt and lemon for flavor, but other than that this was easy and impressive in regards to the flavors.