Gluten free tabbouleh

Amaranth is used instead of couscous in this gluten free tabbouleh recipe.

I love Lebanese tabbouleh, light and fresh, miles away from the awful, oily pre packaged ones from supermarkets. When was on the candida diet and had to stay awy from foods containing gluten, I imagined this recipe where the couscous is replaced with amaranth, a nutritious, tiny seed! As the experiment was a success, I have decided to share this recipe with you.Amaranth is a Mexican plant. It is reknown for its nutritional value: it cantains lysine, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Yes, all in this goodness in such a tiny seed! With the antioxidants from tomatoes and green onions and the iron and vitamin K from parsley, you have all the elements for a fresh and nourishing dish.

Serves 2

  • 4 tbsp amaranth
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 30 gr parsley
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cumin


  1. Cook amaranth seeds for 25 minutes in  boiling water. Drain thoroughly.
  2. Chop the tomatoes into small dices, chop green onions and parsley leaves.
  3. In a bowl, mix amaranth, tomatoes, onions, crushed garlic and parsley.
  4. Season with 1/2 lemon juice, olive oil, cumin and salt. Mix well.



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Joëlle says:

    This recipe is just perfect for me: I have a bag of amaranth seeds back at home which I was wondering how to use. By the way, do you know if amaranth flour is readily available in the U.S.? I use it regularly in France where we currently live but my daughter over here tells me she has not seen it anywhere in the stores she goes to.

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    1. Eleonora says:

      Hi Joëlle! Glad to hear you found a way to use your amaranth bag 🙂 Sadly I cannot tell you about amaranth flour availability in the US: I leave in Switzerland and buy most of my food in France, as the organic stores business is much more developped there.

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      1. Joëlle says:

        Hi there! Switching to the French side of your blog I realized you lived in Switzerland… It seems to me that amaranth should be available in the States, I mean, if it is originally from Mexico, it doesn’t have that far to travel… Oh well.

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      2. Eleonora says:

        I agree with you, if amaranth flour made its way to Europe it should be available in the US as well… I am sure you daughter should be able to buy it online 🙂

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