quinoa tabbouleh (vegan & gluten free)

i dreamt up this recipe and made it for lunch yesterday...it was fresh, healthy and delicious! Tabbouleh or Tabouli is a middle eastern grain salad dish usually made with bulgar wheat and parsley. i decided i wanted to try a gluten free version using red quinoa. it's quick and easy and quinoa is really good for you, it is a whole grain that has a lot of protein and fiber. parsley is one of those superfoods that boosts immune function, is anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer! heck yes!

Quinoa Tabbouleh (vegan & gluten free)

What You Need:

  • 2 cups of quinoa - serves 4 - i used the red quinoa from Trader Joe's
  • bundle of italian parsley
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • 1 avocado for garnish
  • salt
  • optional: sub the veggies or add more like cucumber, tomato and a little fresh mint
Do It:
  1. cook your quinoa per the instructions on the package - usually 2 cups of water per 1 cup of quinoa, boil, then simmer on low for 10 to 15 minutes. fluff and cool - so it's not a warm salad!
  2. using a small food processor or a knife and your arm muscles, chop a nice bunch of parsley leaves - i used around 1.5 cups but you can add or subtract depending on how much you want in your dish - but you need parsley, that's what makes it tabbouleh!
  3. chop your celery, pepper and other veggies and add them all in a salad bowl with your quinoa.
  4. dress with olive oil, lemon juice (i used the whole lemon for a nice acidity), and some salt - toss and taste as you go.
  5. garnish with some avocado and a sprig of parsley and you're in healthy business! … this will keep in your fridge for a couple days and just get's tastier!

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