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Detox Your Body With This Amazing Broccoli Quinoa Tabbouleh!

Not only is this Tabbouleh full of flavor and delicious, but it is filled with ingredients that help to detox your body! 

If you’ve heard that “detoxing is a myth”, then you have to read this post where I share the science behind detoxing. The truth is that our bodies are working overtime every day to process all of the substances that come in and to expel toxins – but they are being pushed to the brink. When our organs are overtaxed and overburdened with toxins, symptoms can creep up such as fatigue, digestion problems, bloating, weight gain and muscle aches. When these symptoms go unchecked and our bodies are not able to detox optimally, we are at risk for greater health problems down the road.

Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D. (a member of my advisory counsel and a trusted mentor) says that detoxification starts in the diet. Dr. Hyman is a huge advocate of supporting the natural detoxification processes in the body with specific foods, such as lemons, garlic, and cruciferous vegetables. 

Here’s how these specific ingredients in this recipe helps your body detox:

  • Scallions and broccoli are both high in sulfur, which is a compound that helps your body detox and can prevent kidney damage from exposure to heavy metals.


Food Babe's Broccoli Quinoa Tabbouleh
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Serves: 2
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1½ cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, more as needed
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup chopped mint
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  1. Place the broccoli in a food processor and pulse until a rice like consistency has formed. Pour into a bowl along with the remaining ingredients. Mix to combine.
  2. To serve, place half on the tabbouleh on a plate and top with half of the pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!
**Please choose all organic ingredients if possible.**


Share this recipe with all of your friends and family who need a tasty recipe and a little detoxing in their life!



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30 responses to “Detox Your Body With This Amazing Broccoli Quinoa Tabbouleh!

  1. Do you cook the broccoli or is it raw? I’m thinking it’s raw to get it rice like. I’ve never used a food processor. I’m thinking the cooking time for recipe is for the quinoa.

      1. Love your addition of broccoli and pumpkin seeds to the Body Ecology Quinoa Tabouli! So many great variations to this awesome Quinoa Salad!

  2. Use it raw. The recipe would specify if it was cooked I would think and it is a salad.

  3. Guys… Look again at the recipe, there is a cook time.

    I think you are supposed to cook broccoli.

  4. No…you don’t cook the broccoli! You cook the quinoa!!!!! The broccoli would be mush if you tried to rice it after cooking it for 15 MINUTES!!!

  5. Greetings..

    This detoxing is a very timely topic and vital life style to live by.
    Everyone I hope is becoming more aware of just how toxic our environment truly is. The government s not doing its job and the politics behind the scenes regarding the food industry is totally out of control; at the expense of the American people. It is paramount to fully understand the current health disasters this country is facing. Long story short is//are people must learn how to protect themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The viable answer is to eat organic, drink half your weight in ounces of water daily. Read, read and read more. The name of the game is education. Once you have figured out what needs to be done to safeguard yourself and family, you can reach out to the community and help others. Know this about detoxing the body etc. .
    Eating organic chelates toxins. Drinking enough water daily detoxes the body. Getting enough sleeping detoxes the body. Ongoing development of a De-stressing Life Style detoxes the body. Exercise detoxes the body. The way to really protect yourself is to detox daily. Cutting out two meals (evenings) each week will help detox the body. A healthy life style is not an accident. It is a art and a skill that you can develop over time. Eat well. Be well and God Bless!!!

  6. What is the other raw green veggie pictured in this dish? It looks like cucumber or zucchini, but neither is in the recipe. Also, what is the 15 min cook time for?

  7. This recipe looks quite interesting as well as delicious, however I find it to be misleading – it should be called ‘quinoa salad with broccoli and zesty vinaigrette’ as the only imgredients of this ‘tabouleh’ remotely similar to that of actual traditional tabouleh are parsley, lemon, mint, olive oil and salt. At least refer to it as revamped or non traditional

    1. Sara I’m gathering from your comment that you are somewhat of a verbatim person and yes we have all acknowledged there is no couscous in the recipe; there are hundreds of recipes in the world that are varied without being precise to the title. Yeesh.

  8. I am going to try this soon, looks delicious! This is not related to the recipe but, I am wondering if the cruciferous vegetables still have their detoxifying effects when they are made into a krout?

  9. Made a variation of this for lunch today and it was wonderful. We had everything on hand except the scallions, so we skipped the scallions and added chopped grape tomatoes and chopped cucumber as a nod to the traditional tabbouleh recipes.

  10. Ive tried 3 times to just print the receipe but i GET other pages. Tried putting in
    “printing” 2 3 or 4 and can’t get it. The recepies should be ease to print out!

    1. Did you click on the PRINT button just below the button? It should then allow you to print just the recipe.

  11. I made this for my sister-in-law as a surprise while she was working hard planting 30 fruit trees. She absolutely loved it and asked for the recipe.
    I tweaked it a little to suit our tastes: doubled the broccoli (to calm the parsley a bit), increased the oil and lemon juice (since the amount of veggies was increased), and used fresh pressed garlic instead of chili powder. I also soaked the quinoa overnight. It was very yummy. Definitely a keeper! Thanks Food Babe!

  12. Hi Guys,.
    I do this recipe in my non Teflon rice cooker.
    Raw Quinoa 1 cup and 2 cups of water or free range chicken stock
    mushroom,s onions, scallions and raw broccoli one lemon juice
    a tbls spoon of real butter (all added at once). Then I turn it on, its done it 15 20 min.
    If you like your broccoli less done add it later.
    This is good with thinly sliced jalapenos and an organic almond butter sauce.
    although I like food babes idea of the nuts. Prob put in last so they are crunchy.
    Then the best part fresh avocados.

  13. I need this and it was fantastic!!! No need to bother with a food processor for the broccoli though, I just chopped it very fine with a knife and it was perfect. I also used basil and parsley and left out the mint. Also added some chopped avocado. This one is a keeper!

  14. I just made this dish, it was absolutely delicious and so healthy tasting – I slightly roasted the sunflower seeds and also added some basil — so good 🙂

  15. I made this for lunch and really enjoyed it. I added in some Persian cucumber, and left out the chili powder. I sprinkled Sea Love Sriracha Sea Salt (from Wrightsville Beach, NC) on top. As another person commented, I didn’t bother with a food processor; chopping the broccoli was quick and easy. I’d make this dish again.

  16. This is so darned delicious and super easy to make. This is going on heavy rotation.

  17. I had just finished listening to a module on ways to detox the body earlier in the day, so this was the perfect timing in making this recipe. Plus, recently, I had something similar to this recipe for the first time a few weeks ago, in a new Vegetarian restaurant and enjoyed it.. Plus, I Love your knowledge, advice, many of your recipes & especially quite a few of your products. Gosh it keeps going with good stuff. The Bonus discovery, that I find out that Dr. Mark Hyman is part of your advisory council. Love that guy.

    Ok Back to the recipe. I used broccoli stalks for that’s what I had on hand and they turned out just as well as small texture in the food processor. I used dry parsley & dry mint also for what I had on hand, but in much lower amounts, not using the typical fresh to dry ratios, just in case. 1 used 1 tblsp dry parsley / 1 tsp dry mint. can you use more to adjust for taste, I was just being cautious to start out. Thanks for the recipe. Enjoyed:)

  18. Love this recipe! Filled me up more than I thought it would and I feel good afterwards! Recently discovered this website and definitely going to try out more recipes. 🙂

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