Vegetarian Quinoa Tabouleh

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water or vegetable broth
1 large or two medium tomatoes, chopped small
1 cucumber, chopped (optional)
4 scallions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

In a medium pot, cover quinoa in water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a slow simmer, cover, and allow to cook about 15 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, garlic, fresh mint and fresh parsley. Add cooked quinoa, olive oil,lemon juice and salt, tossing gently to combine well. Season with salt, to taste.

Chill for at least one hour before serving, preferably overnight, to allow flavors to mingle.



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