What You’re Working With:
– 1 cup quinoa
– 1 can of chickpeas
– handful of italian parsley
– handful of mint
-1/2 cup grape tomatoes
-2 persian cucumbers or 3 mini cucumbers (you want a crisp, easy to bite cucumber!)
-1/4 of a red onion, diced
-1 jalapeno (or 1 small orange or yellow pepper)
-3 stalks of green onion
-2 lemons or 1 large lemon
-olive oil, salt and pepper
STEP 1: Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the bag. (Note, I always rinse my quinoa. I can’t attest to whether or not rinsing makes it less bitter, and my bag didn’t say to rinse it, but it doesn’t hurt if you have a second.)
STEP 2: While the quinoa is cooking dice up all the vegetables and add with chickpeas. Rinse your chickpeas! They have a strange, soapy film when you rinse with water, but this will disappear when thoroughly rinsed. Also make sure to finely chop up the parsley and mint. *Full disclosure, I accidentally bought cilantro instead of mint. Even more honesty, I’ve done this twice. I am convinced the store does this on purpose to trick people into buying the unpopular cilantro, ensuring they must come back for the mint. I ended up having parsley, cilantro AND mint in this batch, and it tasted fine.
STEP 3: Mix the juice of two lemons (or 1 large lemon) with equal part olive oil. (Just eyeball it) Add salt and pepper, and stir.
STEP 4: Combine the quinoa and chopped veggies. Stir the lemon mixture over it. Add more salt and pepper. AND YOU’RE DONE! The tabbouleh does taste slightly better if you let it marinate all together in the fridge for a few hours before serving, but is awesome right away too. And adjust the ingredients to what you like. If I’m making it for my Mom I add more onion, if it’s just for me I add a ton of cucumbers.
My favorite way of eating it: served as a side with hummus and pita chips
My Mom’s favorite way of eating it: Served over salad.
My other favorite way of eating it: take pita bread, spread hummus inside like you would mayo, add some chicken and the tabbouleh. Be filled for hours! So much healthy protein, you’ll never be hungry again.