Falafel with quinoa tabbouleh


35 mins


Health benefits:

This recipe is full of fibre which is beneficial for gut health. Despite what many people think, quinoa is actually a seed rather than a grain. Quinoa acts as a prebiotic, potentially aiding in enhancing gut microbiome diversity as well as reducing inflammation.

Quinoa is also a complete protein, meaning it provides all nine of the essential amino acids we require, which are the building blocks of proteins. Furthermore, quinoa is gluten-free, so those following a gluten-free diet may enjoy this protein-packed seed. The falafels in this recipe also provide a generous amount of dietary fibre, further improving the diversity of the bacteria within our guts. Finally, using good quality extra virgin olive oil for drizzling provides a nutritious punch of antioxidants. Some studies have also suggested that olive oil may help improve body-fat composition and promote heart health.


  • Falafels of choice
  • 100g of quinoa (dry)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 30g fresh mint
  • 30g fresh parsley
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 pack of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 2 tbsp tahini


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Rinse quinoa thoroughly and boil in water for 15 minutes (per packet instructions)
  3. Place falafels on baking tray and bake in oven for approximately 10 minutes
  4. Chop the red onion, cucumber and tomatoes into small cubes
  5. Chop the fresh mint and parsley
  6. Once the quinoa is cooked, drain and set aside
  7. Mix the chopped onion, cucumber, tomatoes and herbs into the quinoa
  8. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the quinoa mix
  9. Sprinkle the salt over the quinoa mix
  10. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the quinoa mix
  11. Mix altogether again
  12. Remove the falafels from the oven, once cooked
  13. Add the quinoa mix and falafels to your lunchbox
  14. Drizzle generously with tahini, and enjoy

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