Moroccan Quinoa Salad
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”.
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.
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.
- 1½ cups uncooked quinoa
- 3 cups filtered water
- 2 apples
- 1 cup baby carrots
- ⅓ cup raisins
- 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
- Rinse quinoa in cold water.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add apple and carrot to food processor and shred. Place to side.
- Once quinoa is finished cooking, let cool slightly then add carrots and apples and mix well.
- Add dressing to entire mixture and mix well.
- Fold in raisins.
- Add salt and pepper to taste as desired. Eat warm or serve cold!
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