Moroccan Quinoa Salad

Moroccan Quinoa Salad | almost getting it together

I’ve had a couple of weeks to put it lightly. As in, the past few weeks have been a little stressful. I have discovered that when I don’t want to do something, I completely shut down. Basically, I don’t want to do anything. I was having one of those days a few weeks ago. Most girls would unwind with a glass of wine (which trust me, I wanted to) but instead, I turned to “therapeutic quinoa making”.

Moroccan Quinoa Salad | almost getting it together

Therapeutic Quinoa Making.

Moroccan Quinoa Salad | almost getting it together

Honey + Za’atar.

I texted Davida asking her expertise on whether all of these things (apples, carrots, mint, lemon, honey and za’atar) would taste good together and she assured me they sounded yummy. Boy was she right. This salad was AMAZE. I incorporated it into ever meal for a week until I ran out and I lamented on my lack of fresh mint. What I’m trying to say is – I am now a fan of the grain salad.

Moroccan Quinoa Salad | almost getting it together

Moroccan Quinoa Salad

This is gluten free (obvi) and can be made vegan simply by subbing maple syrup for the honey. If you don’t have fancy fig-inflused balsamic or lemon-infused olive oil, you can use whatever you have on hand.

Moroccan Quinoa Salad | almost getting it together

Eat it with whatever proteins and extra veggies you have on hand!

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Moroccan Quinoa Salad
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 10
Ingredients
Quinoa
  • 1½ cups uncooked quinoa
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • ⅓ cup raisins
Dressing
  • ⅓ cup fig infused balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp lemon infused olive oil
  • 1 tbsp za'atar
  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse quinoa in cold water.
  2. Add quinoa and water to sauce pan. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid is cooked off. Once the liquid is mostly cooked off, place a paper towel between the lid of the pan and the pan and turn heat off. This produces really fluffy quinoa.
  3. While quinoa is cooking, add all dressing ingredients to a food processor or high powered blender and blend well. Put in dish and place to side.
  4. Add apple and carrot to food processor and shred. Place to side.
  5. Once quinoa is finished cooking, let cool slightly then add carrots and apples and mix well.
  6. Add dressing to entire mixture and mix well.
  7. Fold in raisins.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste as desired. Eat warm or serve cold!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 175 Fat: 3.8 g Saturated fat: 0.6 g Carbohydrates: 31.8 g Sugar: 12.8 g Fiber: 3.8 g Protein: 3.7 g

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45 comments on “Moroccan Quinoa Salad

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Jessie on July 30, 2014 6:04 am

Besides this dish sounding delicious, your photos look fantastic Cassie! I’m actually very impressed how far your photography has come since I first began reading your blog. Dealing with a stressful day is usually resolved by a chick flick with take out
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:57 pm

Jessie, thank you so much you seriously don’t know how much that means to me!!! xoxoxo

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Nicole on July 30, 2014 7:15 am

This looks delicious! I have Zatar seasoning and never really know what to do with it!
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:57 pm

It’s so great for everything… pork, chicken, veggies… I’m obsessed!

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Tina Muir on July 30, 2014 7:25 am

I am definitely the same Cassie. When I get stressed and overwhelmed my mum always trys to tell me to leave the cooking for now, have some easy dinners and just leave it, but I get frustrated as she doesn’t understand that I enjoy that part of my life, and yes, like you it helps me feel better. I much prefer baking during these times, but when I was living alone that was a BAAADDD idea hahaha! Here for you if you need to vent, but in the meantime that looks delicious :) I made something similar once, added some cashews on the top for crunch…mmm
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:56 pm

Ah should have added nuts… I thought about that after. Especially since I’m having a love affair with raw cashews right now…

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Susie @ Suzlyfe on July 30, 2014 7:32 am

That sounds amazing. I love Moroccan flavors, especially Za’atar. I tend to cook when I am happy rather than stressed. When stressed, I either buckle down and work it out or I shut off and vege. Which then stresses me out more.
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:55 pm

I shut off and vege. <--- same. We are the same person, seriously!

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } on July 30, 2014 7:43 am

This looks so delicious! I’ve never cooked with Za’atar but I love trying out new flavors.

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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:55 pm

It’s so great for fish, chicken, pork, veggies, random grains… basically anything!

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on July 30, 2014 10:12 am

therapeutic quinoa making. I think you’re onto something. We can become certified cooking counsellors and have counsel people through all of their issues by mixing za’atar and quinoa. That is your genius business plan right there.
In other news, I would like to eat this. AND guess who has MANGO infused olive oil?! I went a litttttle crazy in this amazing store called Vom Fass in Jackson!
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:55 pm

YOU HAVE MANGO INFUSED OLIVE OIL? BRB BUYING A PLANE TICKET TO TORONTO XOXO

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on July 30, 2014 12:27 pm

This looks incredible – love the flavors you paired together. I am having a hard week at work and definitely need some therapeutic quinoa making tonight – I was planning on popping open a bottle of wine… can I still do that too? xo hope you’re back on track.
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:54 pm

YOU CAN DO BOTH!!! Why is work the worst? xo

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere on July 30, 2014 1:16 pm

Sounds delicious! I love the combo of flavors!
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Erin @ The Almond Eater on July 30, 2014 1:32 pm

I de-stress with a little yoga which then turns into an hour of yoga which then turns into a totally unproductive day/night. But it’s so worth it sometimes.
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:54 pm

I hope the bit of yoga you snuck in today helped :) xo

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Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living on July 30, 2014 2:38 pm

Love the za’atar in this quinoa salad, along with the apples, carrots and fig balsamic vinegar for sweetness.
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:53 pm

Thank you!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on July 30, 2014 3:34 pm

Um what is za’tar. I feel so unfancy. Luhh you.
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:53 pm

Don’t feel unfancy, I learned about it from Davs… must be a Canadian thing!

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate on July 30, 2014 4:40 pm

This sounds so amazing. I am packing and found 10 bags of brown rice (I wish I was kidding) so I may give it a whirl with that since my quinoa supply is dwindling.
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:53 pm

I bet this would be totally yummy with brown rice… good luck with the move, xo!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on July 30, 2014 6:55 pm

Ooo that -does- sound like an amazing combo! Sorry to hear about the crazy couple of weeks, lady. I’ve been dealing with a few of those myself, and yeah… not fun. But at least you get delicious recipes out of it! Me? I turn to chocolate and video games :lol:
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:52 pm

I also seem to turn to shopping when I’m stressed haha! Hope it calms down for both of us :) xo

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on July 30, 2014 8:10 pm

Oh yum!

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GiGi Eats on July 30, 2014 8:20 pm

Girl! I have been wanting to go to Morocco for so long, and you HAVE ONLY INTENSIFIED MY DESIRE!

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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:52 pm

Um Morocco is only at the top of my travel list…

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on July 31, 2014 5:26 am

……..Dearest Cass,

This looks delicious. Hope you’re doing okay, kid. Big love.

Love, the Big Maple Bear.

Epic photos by the way!
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:52 pm

Thanks boo! xoxo

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Lindsay on July 31, 2014 3:58 pm

you made this recipe for me, right/? I adore all thing Moroccan!!!
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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables on July 31, 2014 10:34 pm

I am craving this now… at 10:30 at night!
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:39 pm

I may have had it for dessert a few nights!

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Emily@WhateverFloatsYourOats on August 1, 2014 9:43 am

This looks delicious! I love quinoa and am looking for new ways to use it. Thanks for sharing!
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:37 pm

I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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Montana on August 1, 2014 5:26 pm

This looks yummy- I’ve recently gone on a quinoa kick! I usually wind down with your earliest suggestion- a glass of wine. Add to mine a long hot bath and I’m good to go. (Not really, because I’ll obsess over whatever it is in the bath, but it sounds good). Thanks for linking up!

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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:31 pm

Wine is really the best way to go…

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Farrah on August 1, 2014 5:45 pm

I’ve never heard of za’atar, but I’m gonna have to try to find it somewhere. This looks so good! Thanks for joining in on our Foodie Friday linkup! :]
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Cassie on August 1, 2014 10:23 pm

I found mine at Whole Foods!

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Kierston on August 2, 2014 8:31 am

Looks great! Thanks for linking up to #RECIPEFRIDAY :)
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Cassie on August 3, 2014 9:47 pm

Thanks for hosting!

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Tash on August 3, 2014 3:09 am

This looks delicious. Morocco brings together some of my most favourite foods + flavours. I would love to top this with barrel of hummus :) Thank for sharing the great pics!
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Cassie on August 3, 2014 9:50 pm

Yum, I should totally try adding hummus next time…

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Liz on June 17, 2015 1:55 am

Love quinoa! Same as with my salads, I can get into a rut with it. So looking forward to trying this! Noted: fresh mint is the key! ;)

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