Light and Healthy Rainbow Quinoa "Tabouleh"

Light and Healthy Rainbow Quinoa "Tabouleh"

If you like parsley, lemon, and the zesty flavors of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, you're going to love tabouleh if you haven't tried it before. Tabouleh is a Middle Eastern dish that is traditionally made with bulgar wheat, but this recipe uses quinoa and adds a hefty dose of veggies—so it's by no means traditional, but it's inspired by the original and loaded with extra nutritional goodness. It's one of our go-to summer dishes when we're craving a light, good-for-you lunch or dinner, and it is seriously easy to make. It can be served cold or room temperature and holds up great in the fridge for leftovers.


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, chopped
  • Rainbow assortment of veggies, chopped - our favorites to use are cherry tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, cucumber, onion, kalamata olives, and marinated artichokes
  • 1 lemon
  • high-quality extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions and let cool to room temperature
  2. Wash, dry, and chop all vegetables
  3. Place quinoa, parsley, and veggies in a large mixing, drizzle with olive oil and all the juice you can squeeze out of the lemon, and toss until well mixed and coated with the dressing
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Done and done! This dish is so simple, yet so flavorful and good for you. We hope you love it as much as we do. If you want to make this dish a little heartier, we recommend topping with a creamy tahini dressing to keep it vegan (we blend tahini with a little boiling water, lemon juice, and salt), or you could try tossing in some feta or serving alongside some balsamic grilled chicken or falafel and hummus. What are some of your favorite summer dishes? Let us know in comments!

Jenna is a writer, educator, wife, and mama living in Colorado with her husband and two children. She founded American Ingenue as a personal blog in 2008 after losing her mother to breast cancer, using the forum as a reminder to live life to the fullest. Jenna loves cooking, dreaming, and adventuring with her family. She has been inspired to share her experiences with others as she navigates this crazy life and strives to have "it all."