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Tomato Basil Cucumber Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Quinoa Tabbouleh is made with fresh tomato basil cucumber and quinoa and it is a delicious salad!  Whether you’re entertaining a big soiree or your immediate family, the barbecue often becomes the focal point of our outdoor meals.  These days we crave salads that are packed with fresh ingredients, healthy goodness, and most of all, lots of flavors!


We love Tabbouleh, (also spelled as Tabouli) which is traditionally made with bulgur wheat, parsley, and tomatoes. 

But here we have made it with quinoa instead and added some additional fresh herbs and even fresh chopped cucumbers.

Tomato Basil Cucumber Quinoa Tabbouleh by

This quinoa tabbouleh salad is loaded with freshly diced cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, garlic, basil, mint, and quinoa.

A refreshing taste in every bite!  This salad is SO good, you’ll go back for more.

Best of all, it is tossed with a lemon vinaigrette that gives it that amazing fresh and tangy taste. 


Tomato Basil Cucumber Quinoa Tabbouleh by


Very light and full of flavor, this Tabbouleh Salad is simple to make and offers a vibrant side dish that will compliment your table!

As you know, quinoa is a gluten-free super grain and we love to incorporate it into our salads and even into our main dishes all year long.

Gluten-free is no longer a “food-fad” – it’s become a lifestyle change!

I have to tell you it turned out fantastic and totally delicious!



Tomato, Basil, Quinoa Tabbouleh by

More Tasty Quinoa Salads!  …try these additional recipes:

         Greek Quinoa Salad


        Quinoa Tuna Salad



Southwest Quinoa Salad by

  Southwest Quinoa Salad



Cucumber and Quinoa Salad b y
     Cucumber and Quinoa Salad



Yield: 6 to 8

Tomato, Basil, Cucumber, Quinoa Tabbouleh

Tomato Basil Cucumber Quinoa Tabbouleh by

Tomato Basil Cucumber Quinoa Tabbouleh is a delicious chilled salad made with fresh ingredients and quinoa and tossed with a lemony vinaigrette for that fresh taste! Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad is a perfect dish to serve all summer long!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 + 1/2 cups water
  • 1 + 1/4 cups quinoa, pre-washed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 2 lemons
  • 20 cherry tomatoes (about 1/2 pint)- diced
  • 1 English cucumber - diced
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the quinoa with water in a 1.5 quarts saucepan. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside for additional 10 minutes, while covered. Stir with a fork to fluff.
  2. Transfer quinoa to a large serving bowl.
  3. In a small measuring cup, stir the olive oil and lemon juice together.
  4. Pour over the quinoa. Add all the rest of the ingredients, and mix until well combined. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Set aside and allow the salad to cool. Then, cover the bowl with clear wrap and refrigerate for about 1 to 2 hours before serving. Toss again just before serving. Serve chilled.
  6. Serves: 6 to 8

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  

Happy and Healthy!  ๐Ÿ™‚

xo Anna and Liz

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  • Reply
    June 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I always love a good fresh salad with my bbq! This sounds perfect!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    June 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    i think i like the greek version of yours the best! They all look delicious though. I am officially on the quinoa wave!

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      July 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I think you may be right. We love any salad with feta on top, and that's what really gets us, I guess!

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    June 25, 2014 at 1:55 am

    This looks so fresh, and perfect for summer! I always have quinoa in my pantry, and everything else I need as well. Sounds like tomorrow's lunch! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      June 25, 2014 at 2:50 am

      Thank you! This is now our new favorite quinoa salad. It surpassed our expectations totally. Hope you will enjoy it too. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Tricia Buice
    June 25, 2014 at 1:30 am

    A weekend in New York sounds like such fun! I just happen to have a bag of quinoa sitting on my counter top – and a recipe ready to go. This dish sounds great especially with the cucumbers – yum!

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      June 25, 2014 at 2:46 am

      Thanks Tricia, I had a lovely time with the kids. I enjoy them so much every time I go up to NY. And, my sister and I get to catch up as well. It was a lot of fun. xxoo

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    June 24, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I really like quinoa and other grains that have become popular lately because of their healthy properties. A delicious salad!

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      June 25, 2014 at 2:33 am

      Thanks Sue! Have a great week!

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    June 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I love this take on tabouli! I much prefer quinoa. Thanks so much and I bet you had a great weekend!

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      June 25, 2014 at 2:33 am

      Thank you Abbe, Quinoa is our go to food for easy protein for those meatless nights. And, I am back home getting ready for more family to come down next week for the holiday. Have a great week!

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