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Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad with Quinoa

    A twist on the popular Lebanese dish, Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad is filled with fresh flavors, naturally gluten-free and great for making in advance.

    Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe

    For as long as I can remember, I have always been the party planner of the group. My friends still reminisce about my annual birthday sleepovers that I started hosting at the age of 4. When I decided to study hospitality in college and started working in meeting and event planning in my twenties, no one was surprised. What can I say? I love a good excuse to get together with others.

    Believe me, I know how hard it can be to entertain when you have a busy job and endless family obligations. However, I firmly believe in the value of unplugging and getting together with loved ones in person.

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    After all, life is too short to wait for that perfect opportunity to entertain. And frankly, Michigan summers are too magical to spend indoors checking your Snaps all day. To help give you the nudge, I’ve partnered with La Terra Fina to share 5 tried and true tips for effortless summer entertaining:

    Quinoa Tabbouleh - The Lemon Bowl

    Tried and true tips for effortless summer entertaining

    Prep In Advance: 

    The hour or two before your guests arrive will inevitably be stressful. Plan a menu that can be prepared in advance so that you can spend those last moments primping and greeting your guests. This Quinoa Tabbouleh salad is great for making ahead and can be kept in a refrigerated container for up to 4 days.

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    Your house is perfect enough. Your hair and make-up are done enough. Your kitchen is clean enough. Your outfit is nice enough. You are enough. Now let your friends in already.

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    Smart Short Cuts: 

    I first fell in love with La Terra Fina quiches when I was racing out the door to head to my cousin’s cottage on Lake Michigan. The weather was beautiful and we knew no one would want to spend all day in the kitchen. I grabbed the Spinach & Artichoke Florentine Quiche on my way out the door and popped it in the oven to warm when I arrived. It was ready right as guests were arriving and I didn’t have to mess up the kitchen in the process. Spoiler Alert: It tastes like warm Greek spinach and feta pie, has 10+ grams of protein per serving and is made with all-natural ingredients.

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    Affordable Protein Sources:

    I love a juicy steak just as much as the next gal but when it comes to feeding a crowd, don’t forget about your pantry. Farro, lentils, eggs, quinoa, chickpeas and bulgur are just a few examples of protein-rich foods that are not only easier on the waistline but won’t break the budget.

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    Ask for Help: 

    There’s no need to be a hero. Your friends and family want to help so let them! Have someone pick up a crusty loaf of bread on their way over or bring their favorite bottle of wine. When the party starts to wind down, ask someone to turn on a pot of coffee or help load the dishwasher. Hosting a get together of any size is a group effort so don’t be afraid to enlist help from others.

    What are your best tips for effortless summer entertaining? I would love to hear your ideas!

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    Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe - The Lemon Bowl

    Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad with Quinoa

    4.67 stars average
    A twist on the popular Lebanese dish, Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad is filled with fresh flavors, naturally gluten free and great for making in advance.
    PREP: 5 mins
    TOTAL: 5 mins
    Servings: 4


    • ½ cup leftover cooked quinoa (I used red quinoa but any variety works)
    • 2 cups finely minced fresh parsley
    • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes (or seeded diced roma tomatoes)
    • ½ cup diced cucumbers
    • ¼ cup minced scallions
    • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
    • 1 juice of lemon
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • salt and pepper to taste


    • Place quinoa through mint in a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper; toss well.
    • Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly before serving.


    Turn it into a meal by serving with a slice of La Terra Fina quiche.


    Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 12.4gProtein: 3.2gFat: 7.6gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 1.7g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. Great recipe…..thank you! Cleaning out the fridge – no scallions and not as many tomatoes as called for, but I diced some radishes and red onion and added a bit more cucumber. Packed it up for lunches this week and I am good to go! Next time: more tomatoes, and some scallions…. Easy as can be. Fresh and nutritious and tasty…win/ win / win!

    2. Liz, great post as usual. I love to entertain, too, and om one of few among my friends who still does–and makes most of the food but like yoiu, I know when buying makes more sense. My best friend calls it the “Big Easy” approach. I can relate to the “good enough” tip oh, so well. Someone once told me I was still trying for the A+ when a “gentleman’s C” was all that was needed. I’ve never forgotten that advice, though I have to admit that it doesn’t come easily (which is why I’m still in the pre-launch stages of the blog!). Knowing what’s good enough takes time with a new venture. Love the Quinoa Tabbouleh idea; I may make it as the side for my Rosh Hashanah luncheon next month. I will report back with a rating when I do, though I am sure it is excellent.

    3. These are such handy tips, Liz!! And this salad, I find something like this at my grocery store- but I can’t bring myself to spend $6 a pound to buy it, I’d rather make it!! This is defintiely one I will make and save some dough!

    4. I looovveee entertaining! The menu planning and food making and food sharing is my favorite part. Obviously.

      This tabbouleh is so perfect for a party! Or just for me to eat a whole bowl of for lunch… :P

    5. Lol, I am the party planner too. It’s crazy how it’s become second nature. My aunt would feel so special if I made this salad for her – she would love it! Sending it her way now :)

    6. I’m the party planner, too. And now with the pool, our house is definitely the hot spot…or um, cool spot? this summer. I’m sad it’s coming to an end. But I think I have one more in me, and the salad could make an appearance! Also? Favorite tip: Perfect Enough. YES.

    7. Such great tips – I love shortcuts when entertaining. And I love asking people to bring something – they usually wan to anyways!

      PS: THIS SALAD. You know I love this salad.

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