Quinoa Tabbouleh


I used to love eating tabbouleh. It is fresh and a perfect side dish for summer. The only problem is that since becoming gluten intolerant, I can’t eat cous cous, which is one of the main ingredients in tabbouleh. For years I have had to say no to the delicious mix of tomato, onion and parsley. But a while ago I saw the idea of using quinoa as a substitute… Whilst I always have quinoa in my kitchen, I never tried this recipe… Until recently.

My street has a regular Christmas street party BBQ and we all bring along some meat and a side dish. I wanted to bring along a dish of something that was different, but fresh and delicious summer dish. Quinoa tabbouleh seemed like the perfect dish to bring!

It is a little time consuming to make, but I thought it was well worth the preparation.


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 4 tomatoes (I used 3 large Roma tomatoes and one medium sized Truss tomato)
  • 1/2 Spanish onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (approx 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: lemon wedges and parsley leaves to garnish


1. Rinse quinoa under cool water before cooking. Cook in boiling water until quinoa is light and fluffy. Rinse and set aside to cool. Stir quinoa with fork to keep fluffy and speed up cooling process.

2. Dice onion. Place onion into a small bowl. Cover onion with water and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. This will soften the onion and make it more pleasant to eat.

3. Dice tomatoes and place in large bowl. Mince garlic clove and finely chop parsley, and place in bowl. Once quinoa is cooled, add to bowl as well. Drain onion from water and also add to large bowl.

4. In another small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Add oil and lemon mixture to large bowl with all other ingredients and stir thoroughly. 

5. Allow tabbouleh mixture to sit for a hour or two in the fridge. There may be some excess moisture from the oil and lemon juice – this will eventually be soaked up by the mixture.

6. After an hour or so, season with salt and pepper. Stir again before serving and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley leaves. Serve as a side for barbecued meat. This tabbouleh mixture will keep for a few days in the fridge.

You can also add a tablespoon of finely chopped mint leaves to this mixture to give it an extra freshness kick! I didn’t have any mint so I decided not to use it and I think it turned out great without the mint, but other people may find that the mint gives it the little extra something it needs.

What do you think of my Quinoa Tabbouleh? Do you have a similar recipe or a recipe for Tabbouleh? Share your thoughts and links in the comments section!

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Vintage Barbie xoxo

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Summer Makeup Looks

Summer is here in Australia! Well, with this terrible, cold and stormy weather we are experiencing on the east coast, you would think we’ve gone back to winter! Nonetheless, it’s party season – Christmas parties, end of year functions, weddings, New Years, and plenty of summer BBQs. Trips to the beach/pool/lake/cool water spot are on the agenda as well, so you’ll need to have yourself ready for all these fun events you’ll be attending. Here’s my top 5 summer looks that I’ll be wearing over the summer months:

Beach to Bar

Whatever water spot you visit during the day, you’ll want to keep your makeup light and fresh. BB cream is the best item to use as it also provides sun protection. Just remember that you’ll need to reapply your BB cream or put sunscreen on every couple of hours to ensure your skin is protected against the harsh sun. Waterproof mascara and lip balm are the other other beauty products you’ll need during the day.

Summer Makeup Looks Beach to Bar

When it’s time to head to the bar, use a makeup wipe to refresh you face. Reapply the BBQ cream and some bronzer on your cheeks. Top up your mascara and lightly dust a light shimmery shade on your eyelids. Finish with a coral coloured lip balm to give your pout a pretty glow.

Summer Glow

Celebrate summer with gold and pink! This look is great for weddings or other important functions that start in the day and end later at night. It is best begin by doing your eye makeup so you can prevent eyeshadow from falling on your cheeks and ruining your foundation. Start with your eyebrows and ensure they are tidy and filled in. Use a light brown as a base and cover all of the eyelid area. Use a lighter colour to highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of yr eyes. Use a golden brown in the crease and use a shimmery gold colour in the middle of the lid. Take a darker brown and blend this in from the corner of your eyes and into the crease.

Some eyeliner and mascara will complete the eyes. Wipe away any excess eyeshadow colour that may have fallen on your cheeks. Then apply primer, foundation and concealer. Dust some bronzer on your cheekbones. Make sure that you use a lip liner to line the lips, then apply a gorgeous light pink colour to the lips with a lip brush. Now you’re ready to enjoy whatever function you are attending!

After Dark

A lot of people will be needing to go from their job to after work drinks – whether this is for an end of year function or for catch ups with friends, you still want to look fabulous. Often it’s hard to look fabulous when you’ve been working hard all day. But if you throw together a little makeup kit in your handbag, you’ll be ready to go in 5 minutes!

When getting ready in the morning, apply a light base of primer, foundation and concealer. When you finish work, you’ll need to do a quick touch up of your skin and foundation. Use a coral based blush. Then start your eye makeup. Cover the entire lid with a light brown eyeshadow colour. In the outer corners of your eyes, apply a smal amount of charcoal eyeshadow in a V shape. Next, use a medium brown colour to blend the dark colour in towards the centre of your eye. Put a small amount of medium brown eyeshadow underneath your lower lashes. Dab a small amount of white eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eyes and blend this towards the darker shadow. Use black mascara to finish off the eyes. Apply a nude or almost nude-pink lipstick and you’re ready to go!

Christmas Kisses

When you think of Christmas, you instantly think of red. Going with that theme, red lipstick is a must for Christmas parties. First apply your foundation and concealer to trouble spots. Use a light pink based blush to give your cheeks a lovely fresh look. Keep your eye makeup simple by using a light, neutral colour over the lid. Then use liquid eyeliner on the top lips to give your eyes a nice polished look. Line the eye waterline with black eyeliner. Finish the eyes with black mascara. Don’t forget to tidy brows and fill in with an eyebrow pencil.

To create perfect lips, put some concealer on your lips – this will ensure the red colour doesn’t run. Use a lipliner pencil to draw the outline of your lips, then colour in the middle. Use a brush to apply your lipstick – this ensures the lipstick stays on and you don’t overdo the amount of lipstick required. That means avoiding the embarrassing lipstick on the teeth!

Party Eyes

Whether you’re attending a music festival or it’s New Year’s Eve, you want something fun and a little bit different. And most likely you’ll be keen on the sparkle! If you’re going to be dancing the night away or you’re going to be the centre of many photos, make sure you start with a good base. Prime your skin and use a long wearing foundation. Give your cheeks a pretty pink blush and warm your skin with some bronzer. Use highlighter on the top of your cheekbone.

This is where the fun begins! You can go as dark or as light as you want, or go as sparkle and shimmery as you want! The choices are endless. Don’t forget to add some fake lashes for that amazing look. Finish off the look with some small dimontes placed near the outer corner of your eyes. Your eye makeup will determine your lipstick colour, but it’s the season to be colourful, so I would choose a lovely warm light pink colour.   Which one is your favourite look? What look are you going to try this season?

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