Quinoa Tabbouleh Stuffed Bell Peppers

I had some of my bridesmaids over for a lovely tea cocktail party, and we of course needed nibblies. The morning of the party, I was preparing all of my dips, spreads, gluten-free crackers, and cocktail ingredients. I then hopped in the shower and had a brainwave! I had mini bell peppers in the fridge, and some already cooked quinoa!  So I turned the quinoa into a quinoa tabbouleh, and popped it into the cute peppers.  Perfect!

I love all the lemon in this recipe.  It makes for really bright & wonderful flavours!  And the crunchy peppers are just irresistible!  If you can’t find mini bell peppers, you could do this with regular-sized bell peppers too.  You can even make the tabbouleh ahead of time, and pop it in the fridge.  It will get a little extra garlicky and delicious.

And if you don’t have bell peppers?  You could just make the quinoa tabbouleh as a salad… I love this as a cold grain salad, and eat it quite happily out of the fridge with a fork — straight from the container.  If you have someone who’s gluten-free or a vegan (or both!) coming over for dinner and you don’t know what to make them… serve them this.  And they will thank you.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Stuffed Bell Peppers
Serves 8

  • 8 mini bell peppers (or 4 full-sized bell peppers)
  • 2 c. cooked quinoa
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. pistachios
  • 1/4 c. pumpkin seeds
  • 2 small cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/4 c. fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Slice each bell pepper in half and place on a serving tray.

In a large bowl, combine quinoa & remaining ingredients.  Mix well to combine.

Stuff each bell pepper half with the quinoa taboulleh, and serve cold or at room temperature.

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Categories: Appetizer, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian


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2 Comments on “Quinoa Tabbouleh Stuffed Bell Peppers”

  1. Monika Stegmann
    October 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Sounds delish! I’m inspired to head to the kitchen right now! Monika ps. CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement. ________________________________

    • October 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      Thanks Monika!!! I hope you’re well!!

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