Fair Trade Quinoa Tabouli

Nettie's Fair Trade Quinoa Tabouli I recently had the opportunity to participate in Eat To The Beat, a charity event that brings together 60 female chefs in support of Willow Breast Cancer Support, that was held at Roy Thompson Hall. I felt honoured to be a part of this very important event because the money raised will be used to council and support women diagnosed with breast cancer. My Fair Trade Quinoa Tabouli was well received and enjoyed by everyone who attended so I decided to share the recipe here. Try making this recipe for yourself at home because it’s easy, fast and delicious. It’s also gluten free and dairy free.

Prep time: 15min
Cooking time: 15min
Makes: 4-6 servings


⅓ cup sunflower seeds
⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
2 cups vegetable stock or water
1-½tsp salt – divided
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup lemon juice
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cilantro, chopped
½ cup chives, thinly sliced
½ small red onion, diced
⅓ cup radish, diced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium sized carrot, grated
½ cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 375⁰F.
  2. Spread the seeds on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8 minutes, or until golden brown. Pour them into the bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. In a saucepan over high heat, bring stock or water and ½ tsp of salt to a boil. Add the quinoa. When the water returns to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all of the water has been absorbed. Transfer cooked quinoa to a large bowl.
  4. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the lime and lemon juice, oil, cilantro, chives, and 1 tsp salt. Whisk well. Pour on top of quinoa. Stir.
  5. Add the toasted seeds, red onion, radish, red pepper, carrots, and dried cranberries to the quinoa salad. Mix well and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  6. Taste for seasonings and add more salt if needed.

Oxfam Quinoa

For this recipe I used, Fair Trade quinoa. You can tell when a product is Fair Trade because it will always have the Fair Trade mark. Supporting Fair Trade is important because it helps to ensure the farmers and artisans behind products get a safe & sustainable working environment and more meaningful trading relationships. For consumers and businesses, it’s also about information. Fair Trade is a way for all of us to identify products that meet our values so we can make choices that have a positive impact on the world.

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