Quinoa Tabouli with Fresh Herbs

Jul 30

Quinoa Tabouli with Fresh Herbs

Quinoa Tabouli with Fresh Herbs

This gluten-free version of classic middle eastern salad is a favorite in out home. Unfortunately, some people are not able to digest or eat wheat so the classic recipe that uses bulgur wheat needs to be adapted. We find this to be so refreshing, especially in the summer when the fresh herbs are so so abundant.  It is wonderful to try different varieties of herbs and ingredients.

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Try This Recipe to Increase Your Fresh Green Herbs

Getting enough leafy greens can be challenging. Especially when it comes to fresh herbs. There are not always everyone’s favorite flavor owing to their bitterness. However, they have so many health benefits that I think it is wonderful to find recipes where you can eat them regularly. Tabouli is a great option.

If you have the ability, having a small window or patio garden can be a great way to grow these herbs affordably. Each year when they go to seed, there are literally hundreds of new plants that can come from one plant. Plus, they add such a wonderful quality of flavor and nutrients.

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Fresh Tabouli Can Have Recipe Variations

There are so other flavor combinations that could be explored…

Basil + lemon zest

Mint + pomegranate

Thyme + black pepper

Dill + scallion

Parsley + basil

….. or a combination of all of them that appeal to you.

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Quinoa Tabouli with Fresh Herbs


  • 2 cups organic quinoa cooked and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups bunches of Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic mint
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil (can use less)
  • 1 cup cucumbers diced with seeds removed
  • 1 green onion chopped finely (can omit)
  • Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt to taste ground pepper to taste


  1. Rinse 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and combine with 2 cups of water. Bring to boil and cover for 3-5 minutes. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered until quinoa is tender which will take around 10-15 minutes.
  2. Finely chops the herbs and mix in a bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Dice the cucumbers and mix them with the other ingredients. Mix quinoa in and let sit fir few minutes prior to eating.
  3. As an aside, I do prefer to let the quinoa cool prior to mixing as then it does not heat up the fresh herbs.

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Dr. Khalsa has had a life-long interest in mindful living as the basis for long-term vitality of mind, body, and spirit. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The Mayo Clinic in 2005 and is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine and Hospice/Palliative Medicine. Dr. Khalsa has deepened her studies on health and healing by becoming a Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and participating in a 2-year full-time program on Ayurveda at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque and India.

Serving as an Integrative Medicine PCP, an instructor at the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine fellowship for physicians, and consultant to other medical practices, she has dedicated her career to promoting an increased understanding in clinical medicine of the link between long term vitality and the daily choices we make. She is currently focusing her energy to support physicians who want to expand their personal understanding of new ways of healing through an experiential process utilizing techniques in Ayurveda, yoga, mindfulness, and plant-based nutrition. Study Ayurveda with Dr. Khalsa.

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