October Recipe Series – Quinoa Tabbouleh

Published on: October 13, 2023

Do you love tabbouleh? This Middle Eastern delight is undeniably one of the most flavorful salads around. The harmonious blend of fresh parsley, zesty lemon, and the crunch of tomatoes and cucumber is simply enchanting.
In this recipe series, we will guide you through the process of making Quinoa Tabbouleh with palm oil to bring you bursting flavor and amazing health benefits.


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons sustainably sourced palm oil
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil for a richer texture


1. Cooking the Quinoa:
a. In a medium saucepan, bring the 2 cups of water or vegetable broth to a boil.
b. Add the quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked through and the water is absorbed.
c. Remove from heat and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Allow it to cool.
2. Preparing the Dressing:
a. In a small bowl, whisk together the palm oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. You can add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil if desired for a richer texture.
3. Assembling the Tabbouleh:
a. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, parsley, mint, tomatoes, cucumber, and green onions.
b. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture.
c. Toss everything together until well combined.
4. Rest and Serve:
a. Let the tabbouleh sit for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld.
b. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Tropical Twist: Add 1/2 cup diced mango or pineapple for a fruity flavor.
Crunchy Nuts: Mix in 1/4 cup of roasted chopped almonds or walnuts for added crunch and nuttiness.
Spicy Version: Include 1 finely chopped jalapeño or red chili pepper for a spicy kick.
Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. Combined with the antioxidants from palm oil and the freshness of the herbs and vegetables, this dish is as nutritious as it is delicious!

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