Turmeric Quinoa Tabbouleh


I eat quinoa pretty frequently because it’s so nutritious and I love how versatile it is.  Quinoa is a complete protein meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine). The standard number of amino acids for humans is 20, but nine are not synthesized by mammals meaning they’re essential in our diet. We can eat them over a few days or reach for complete proteins like quinoa. Sprouted or soaked is ideal to help increase bio-availability of nutrients and absorption. I choose Organic Traditions quinoa and they are kindly offering you a discount (I don’t profit): 20% off with code BRUCESROOTS.

I also try to consume organic turmeric daily for its anti-inflammatory benefits , antioxidant powers and liver loving properties. So naturally, I created a bowl with both ingredients! I’m calling it a turmeric tabouli because with all these fresh herbs, it basically is.

It has that sweet and spicy mix due to the dates and hot sauce. The pistachios add some nice crunch. I didn’t even think it needed salt and pepper, but add if you’d like. This is perfect for meal prep, a potluck picnic or an easy lunch. You can even prep the quinoa in advance and store in the fridge or freezer.


vegan gluten-free


  •  1 cup organic sprouted quinoa

  • 1 tsp organic turmeric

  • 5-7 fresh organic dates

  • bundle of fresh organic mint

  • bundle of fresh organic parsley

  • 1-2 organic garlic cloves (optional)

  • sugar free hot sauce, I love Valentina for it’s smokier flavour

  • pistachios

  • cherry tomatoes, optional


  • rinse quinoa, option to soak first. You won’t need as much water and the cooking time will be shortened  

  • cook quinoa following instructions on package, if it’s not soaked I like to do 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups water, bring to boil then turn way down with lid partially covering

  • if using garlic, press with a knife to remove peel and squish it. leave for a few minutes to let the beneficial compounds allicin come about

  • while quinoa cooks starting chopping dates, parsley, mint. use as much as you like

  • sautee garlic in a little coconut or avocado oil

  • mix warm cooked quinoa, dates, herbs, turmeric

  • top with Valentina hot sauce

  • throw in a small handful of pistachios for crunch

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Jordan, Bruce’s Roots