Red Quinoa Tabbouleh or Tabouli


There are few things in this world quite as good as fresh tabbouleh or tabouli. The only thing better is, perhaps, a quinoa tabbouleh. That is absolutely perfect because then the tabbouleh is gluten-free and packed with protein. Would you please keep reading for my delicious, crispy red quinoa tabbouleh recipe?

Red quinoa tabbouleh by enrilemoine

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Making tabbouleh in my house is a double-edged sword. I spend half an hour chopping parsley, tomatoes, and onions with all the care of an artisan, and the bowl will be empty as soon as I set it down to be served! Who can blame my eldest boy? Nobody can resist a good tabbouleh…

Green onion to make tabouli byenrilemoine

When my 18-year old Andres Ignacio was 9 months old, I was making tabbouleh in my kitchen in Caracas, and he begged me with his eyes to serve him some. He absolutely loved it! He tasted it, savored every bit with so much joy and fruition that I still treasure that moment.

Parsley to make tabbouleh by enrilemoine

No, my then-only child ate my tabbouleh as if it were baby food. He didn’t care about how acidic the lemon juice was. He didn’t mind the various unknown textures of the ingredients. And 17 years later, this Middle Eastern salad is still a staple in my kitchen and, more importantly, something that Andy and I have in common.

Red quinoa #byenrilemoine

If an 18-year old athlete loves tabbouleh, that only means I need to stock at least 8 portions. Even then, he could eat it all in one sitting! Or two. Growing boys, and especially young adults, are known for their voracious appetites.

Ingredients for tabouli salad #byenrilemoine

The Quinoa Super Powers

But in addition, for a young athlete, this red quinoa taboule, which can also be prepared with white quinoa, has another charm—the protein it provides. One hundred grams of quinoa contain 16 grams of protein, and that is no small thing.

Red quinoa tabbouleh by enrilemoine

How to Make Red Quinoa Tabbouleh

To make this salad, you will need some cooking utensils and ingredients, including:

Red quinoa tabbouleh by enrilemoine

Red Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe

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red quinoa tabbouleh
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Red Quinoa Tabbouleh or Tabouli

This is my gluten free version of the classic Tabbouleh or Tabouli salad.
Prep Time20 minutes
Refrigerate30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 142kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups of red quinoa cooked
  • 4 cups of parsley leaves; washed dried, and finely chopped
  • 2 cups of tomato finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt


  • Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt in a large bowl. Mix well until the vinaigrette forms.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and mix well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Red Quinoa Tabbouleh or Tabouli
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 339mg10%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2902IU58%
Vitamin C 49mg59%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salads
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Gluten free tabbouleh, how to make tabbouleh, how to make tabouli, Red Quinoa Tabbouleh, Red quinoa tabbouleh recipe, Red Quinoa Tabouli
Author: Enri


You can save time by chopping the parsley in a food processor (affiliate link). The only precaution is not to over process it. 

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