Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

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Prep Time

8 mins

Cook Time

10 mins

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This protein-packed version of a Mediterranean classic uses quinoa instead of the traditional bulgur. Seasoned with refreshing mint and parsley, it’s a light yet filling side dish — though just as hearty on its own, too.

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Rice & Grains, Vegetables, Cherry Tomatoes, Gluten-free, Vegan, Mediterranean, Deep Dish, Quinoa, whole Rice & Grains, Vegetables

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The Medium Deep Dish


For the quinoa

  • ½ cup (90g) quinoa
  • ¾ cup (180ml) water
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced


  • 1 cup (70g) parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup (90g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Add the quinoa, water, and garlic into the Anyday dish and mix to combine. 
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave at Power Level 8tooltip for 10 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed most of the liquid. Rest covered for 2 minutes.
  3. Strain any excess liquid. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Mix in the remaining ingredients and enjoy slightly warm or cold.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add fire-roasted corn kernels for extra bursts of flavor.
  • Cook the quinoa with some currants for extra flavor.
  • Try adding toasted almonds, cashews, or pistachios for some crunch.

Recipe notes

  • Adjust the power level by 1 as needed — increase if it’s taking longer than expected, or decrease if it’s bubbling over.
  • Red or white quinoa also works in place of the heirloom version, though red will hold its shape better.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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