Quinoa Tabbouleh

May 7, 2013

Before I get into this quinoa tabbouleh recipe I’m hoping you can help me out with a very important request. I need a good moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher. I am very content using this as my nightly moisturizer and I’ve been using Oil of Olay SPF 15 for years but I’m not loving it anymore and I think I need more than 15. I also can’t do a fragrant lotion. Anyone have recommendations? My skin thanks you.

Now back to tabbouleh. Michael loves it and whenever we go out for Mediterranean food he always eyes mine longingly as it is usually made with bulghur wheat, a big-no no for his celiac. Last time I had it, which I’ll admit was back in November, I promised I’d make him a version with quinoa. I finally got around to it yesterday.quinoa tabbouleh 2

Like all my other quinoa salads, this one is super simple. Just cook some quinoa, add vegetables and mix in the dressing.

It was light and refreshing and the perfect complement to the warming weather. I ate it immediately after making but I think it would taste even better after a few hours in the fridge. It would also be great with some marinated tofu if you want a little extra protein. Try it out at your next BBQ or picnic.

Makes 4 side servings, 2 main course servings

Cook time from start to finish: 25 minutes

Quinoa Tabbouleh (vegan, gluten-free)

Adapted from Bon Appetit

2 cups cooked quinoa

1 cup grape tomatoes, cut into fourths

1/2 hot house cucumber, cut into fourths

2 green onions

1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped

1/4 cup garlic infused olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

Juice of 1 lemon


Cook quinoa with a bit of salt until water is absorbed.

Let quinoa cool then add sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions and parsley to the quinoa.

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Next add olive oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.

Mix thoroughly.

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Place in the fridge and serve quinoa tabbouleh cool for a refreshing spring salad.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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  • Reply cchase7 May 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve been using Mary Kay products for years and love them (call me old-fashioned). They have a Timewise line of creams and moisturizers, some with SPF. Google it and see what might work for you.

    • Reply Lisa May 10, 2013 at 9:57 am

      I’ve actually used a few Mary Kay samples in the past and liked them. I’ll check them out. Thanks Cathy.

  • Reply Nancy May 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Hi, Lisa! First of all, I hope you are having a grand time in Chicago! What great memories you all will have to treasure for a lifetime. I have hesitated to tell you about Clinique since it is costly but it is the only moisturizer my skin has tolerated. I have used it for years along with Cetaphil to cleanse my face. We have been thinking about you in the Windy City and hoping you are successful in your dress search. Best wishes for happy dreams, Nancy

    • Reply Lisa May 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Thank you Nancy. I used Clinique’s daily moisturizer for a long time but never any of their SPF stuff. Maybe it’s time to go back and try them again!

  • Reply Christy Smith June 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I recommend that you check the Environmental Working Group website before selecting skincare. Most of the brands mentioned here are potentially toxic and/or hazardous. Check out Pratima skincare spfs or Badger spfs. Both are good and low toxicity. Eating well is not enough. Everything put onto the skin can enter your bloodstream.

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