Healthy Moroccan Style Quinoa Salad

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This Moroccan style quinoa salad is a perfect example of how healthy food can be full of taste and flavour, as well as incredibly simple to make.

Quinoa is combined with apricots, almonds, and raisins to make a very tasty salad. The addition of flax oil provides a healthy balance of Omega 3s. Lemon juice and mint round out the yumminess of this salad.

The recipe is inspired by a couscous recipe from a Williams-Sonoma cookbook titled Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking. The book is loaded with delicious recipes from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, The Middle East and North Africa. Such a nice variety. I don’t think the book is available new anymore, but you may be able to find a used copy on amazon or somewhere else.

This Moroccan style salad also makes a great side dish for a north African spiced vegetable stew/tagine. For meat eaters, this is great as a side dish with grilled meats on the bbq this summer.

By replacing the couscous with quinoa it makes the salad gluten-free, and increases the protein content. If you want to make this salad a bit more filling, add some chickpeas. In fact, I think that would be a great idea. It’s not the first time I substitute quinoa in a traditional dish. Check out one of the first recipes ever on Health is Happiness, Quinoa Tabouleh. Don’t mind the extremely amateur photo! Wowzers!

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Healthy Moroccan Style Quinoa Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Moroccan
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Serves: 2-4
 

A moroccan inspired quinoa salad loaded with yummy treats.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted in a pan
  • ⅓ cup dried apricots, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup raisins or currants
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoons flax oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Combine the quinoa in a pot with 2 cups of water. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 10-12 minutes until all the water has evaporated and the quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes or so.
  2. Meanwhile prepare all the rest of your ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa with the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Notes
To toast the almonds, simply place them in a dry pan on medium, and toast for a few minutes, shaking them around several times until they get slightly brown.

 

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One Response to Healthy Moroccan Style Quinoa Salad

  1. Thanks for sharing. Looks and sounds yummy. Passing this along to healthy minded friends and family!

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