Vegan Gluten-Free Tabbouleh Salad

With the addition of the mint and cilantro, this vegan, gluten-free and paleo salad will make your senses soar, regardless of whether or not you use the grains and chickpeas. So flavourful, it’s hard to believe it is so low in fat and salt! Serves: 6-8.


  • 2 cups chopped parsley, firmly packed
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro, firmly packed
  • ½ cup chopped mint, firmly packed
  • 3 cups diced cucumbers
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, loosely packed
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely diced or microplaned, or to taste
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cold-pressed flax or hemp oil or more extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼–½ tsp Himalayan salt, to taste
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked and cooled quinoa, quinoa-rice (half-quinoa/half-rice), or cooked and cooled millet (or Cauliflower Rice*, for a completely raw and grain-free variation)
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas, rinsed (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients except the grains in a very large bowl and toss together.
  2. Add quinoa, quinoa-rice, millet, or Cauliflower Rice along with the chickpeas (if using) and toss to completely combine.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate to enjoy later.
* Cauliflower Rice is a wonderful staple in raw food circles, where you simply cut a cauliflower head into florets, saving the core and stem for other recipes. Then, pulse the florets in a food processor until they achieve a rice-like texture, scraping the sides frequently to ensure even processing. You can use cauliflower rice as a grain-free alternative in many of your other favourite rice recipes.

Tabbouleh with Mint & Cilantro


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*Photos & recipe excerpted and adapted from award-winning YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet (2015) by Dr. Theresa Nicassio. All rights reserved.

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