Happy Monday! I have a fresh, healthy recipe for Moroccan Chickpea Salad for you. It takes everyday ingredient favorites like quinoa, carrots, and feta to new and faraway places. Spices that once seemed standard—chili powder, cinnamon—taste exotic and unexpected. It’s light, lovely, and makes me feel centered and goddess-y in that way I so crave at the start of a new week.

Moroccan Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Quinoa, and Feta. This light, bright, healthy salad recipe is filled with Moroccan spices and fresh ingredients!

If you’ve been looking for a new salad to liven up your weekly lunch routine, I hope you try this Moroccan-spiced chickpea salad. In addition to being filling and a refreshing change of pace from my standard lunch fare, it gives me a super satisfying healthy meal afterglow.

Healthy Meal Afterglow: The affirming feeling of complete adult life domination that follows eating a meal that is both ridiculously delicious and ridiculously good for you.

Polish off the plate, then give yourself a high five!

Easy Moroccan Chickpea Salad. Light, bright, and healthy, this salad is packed with carrots, quinoa, and arugula. Great for meal prep and weekday lunches!

The Magical Simplicity of Moroccan Chickpea Salad

When taken separately, the ingredients in this Moroccan Chickpea Salad are nothing out of the ordinary. Once combined, however, they become a meal that could make a salad believer out of even the staunchest skeptic.

The stealth flavor-makers in this easy chickpea salad recipe are the chili powder and cinnamon in the dressing. These two spices are a classic pairing in Moroccan cuisine and, happily for our salad purposes, taste outstanding paired with carrots and chickpeas.

This brightly flavored Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Salad is also mighty filling. Both quinoa and chickpeas are high in protein and fiber, meaning a serving of this salad can sustain you through a long afternoon (as can a serving of this equally hearty Crock Pot Moroccan Chicken).

Healthy Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Salad. Great for meal prep and lunches! Warm spices make this make-ahead version of Moroccan salad recipes easy and delicious.

The remaining ingredients play supporting but still critical roles in making this Moroccan Chickpea Salad something you can honestly say you crave.

For sweetness and pleasant chewiness, golden raisins are in the building, erm, bowl. (They’re also stellar in this Moroccan Couscous.)

For creaminess and saltiness, feta is on scene.

For warmth and crunch, toasted nuts represent.

Healthy Moroccan Chickpea Salad with Carrot and Feta

Each component adds a layer of complexity and texture that makes the Moroccan Chickpea Salad taste like a true meal, not simply a pile of vegetables that you eat because you feel like you should.

If you don’t have these exact ingredients on hand, you can certainly play around with the recipe based on what you do have and achieve the same OMG WHY CAN I NOT STOP EATING THIS CHICKPEA SALAD effect.

My advice is to make sure that you have each component well represented. For example, you could swap dates for golden raisins (sweet and chewy? check!), goat cheese for feta (creaminess accounted for!), or pumpkin seeds for pistachios (warmth and crunch? YEP!).

Moroccan Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Quinoa, and Feta. Bright and healthy! Perfect for meal prep, lunches, or a light dinner, this Moroccan spiced chickpea salad will have you coming back for seconds.

My final ingredient mention is arugula. I selected this green because its bold, peppery flavor can hold its own with the other ingredient players.

If you’d like your Moroccan Chickpea Salad to be more mild-mannered (or don’t share my affinity for mass amounts of greens), feel free to use a lesser amount or do a blend of arugula and spinach. You can also check out this recipe for Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, which uses chopped vegetables instead of greens, or this Chickpea Tuna Salad.

To Make Ahead

  • If you’ll be enjoying this salad over the course of a few meals, I recommend storing the chickpea, quinoa, and carrot mixture separately from the arugula so that the arugula doesn’t become sad and wilty.
  • Stir in the arugula serving by serving as you go. (It will be fine in mixed in a container for a few hours if you’d like to pack it in the morning for lunch.)

More Easy Salad Recipes

Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Salad

Moroccan Chickpea Salad

4.87 from 15 votes
Moroccan Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Quinoa, and Feta. This light, bright, healthy salad recipe is filled with Moroccan spices, exotic flavors, and fresh ingredients!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins

Servings: 3 –4 servings, about 9 1/2 cups

Ingredients
  

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cans reduced-sodium chickpeas (15 ounce cans), rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups grated carrots pregrated or freshly grated from about 4 large/medium carrots, about 10 ounces
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 1/3 cup toasted pistachios almonds, or pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta omit to make vegan
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins or chopped dried dates
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1 small lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  • While the quinoa cooks, place the chickpeas and carrots in a large serving bowl. In a small bowl or measuring cup (my favorite for easy pouring), whisk together the dressing ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon, maple syrup, chili powder, salt, and cinnamon. Taste and adjust as desired.
  • Once the quinoa has finished cooking, fluff with a fork, then add to the serving bowl. Pour the dressing over the top, just until it is moistened, then stir to combine. Add the arugula (see recipe note if not eating all of the salad within a day or so) and stir again, adding a bit more dressing as desired. Sprinkle with the pistachios, feta, raisins, and mint. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

  • This salad is great for meal prep lunches! Since the arugula can wilt, if you’d like to enjoy it over multiple days, I recommend waiting to add the arugula only to the portion you will be eating that day as you go along versus mixing in the entire amount. Salad WITH arugula is best enjoyed within 24 hours. Salad WITHOUT arugula can last up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4), about 2 1/3 cupsCalories: 534kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 24gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 879mgFiber: 14gSugar: 14g

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  1. I almost always have these ingredients in my pantry and fridge. So this is like my perfect salad! 

  2. I made this last night for my meal prep, and oh my god, what a perfect treat for the end of a long Monday! While I initially was scared off by the possible flavor combo (lemon and cinnamon?? what?) I decided to give it a go and it was AMAZING! 100% out of my comfort zone, but 100% worth the risk. I immediately shared the recipe with all of my girlfriends. It’s 9:30am and I’m considering taking an early lunch to gobble it down…5 stars

    1. YAY Savannah, I’m so glad to hear this was a winner! Thank you so much for giving it a try. :) And I so appreciate your taking the time to leave this wonderful review too.

  3. Ah, this reminds me of a salad I used to make on repeat about a year ago. Unfortunately, I did end up tiring of that salad, but hello Moroccan chickpea salad, because you look divine and just like my next salad obsession.

  4. This recipe was perfect for meal prep lunches! I added a tablespoon of Ras El Hanout seasoning to the dressing and it was just perfect (but would have been yummy even without this extra ingredient)!5 stars

    1. YAY! I am so so happy to hear that Chappell. Thank you for letting me know and taking time to leave this wonderful review! It really means a lot.

  5. Erin, This was absolutely delicious!!! Super easy to make and very flavorful! Thanks for another great recipe! I really like the idea of being able to swap similar items depending on what you have around or feel like eating!5 stars

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Tracy! Thank you so much for giving it a try and taking the time to report back!

  6. This is an AMAZING salad… I dbl’d the raisins, used walnuts instead, half the salt and went w the maple syrup. I also used “fresh” chickpeas, I find canned one to be “too soggy” and omitted the feta… I’ve now eaten it for breakfast lunch and dinner… It’s gets better the longer it sits… I’m in love!5 stars

  7. I made this salad with cilantro instead of mint and it was DIVINE!! what an incredible recipe! i love how all the ingredients compliment eachother. Especially the raisins and the pistachios. The dressing is TO DIE FOR! I will be making this again! Thank you for this wonderful recipe5 stars

  8. I changed this so much that it’s probably not right for me to review it. We liked it, though, so I’ll offer my two cents. I was making this for a group that included a kid, so I didn’t go the Moroccan route. I used half of the chickpeas and used spinach mix instead of arugula. For the dressing, I used just lemon juice (with the zest), olive oil, salt and pepper. It was still great–plenty flavorful with a nice mix of textures. I will try this again with the full flavor profile.4 stars

    1. Hi Hazel! I’ve never tried this recipe with prunes, but you could experiment. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  9. Love this recipe so much – the dressing is delicious and so unique to prior veggie salads I’ve made – this became my go to last summer!!!5 stars

  10. I’ve made this a couple of times.  I prep the ingredients, and each day for lunch, I assemble an individual  salad.  It’s so fresh tasting and the flavors are incredible.  Truly “Healthy Meal Afterglow” !5 stars

  11. Hi Erin,

    This looks wonderful and I’m eager to try it. Just to confirm that the chili powder called for is the “cayenne pepper” type of chili powder, and not the chili pepper made with cumin, such as is use for making Tex-Mex, or bowls of “American Chili,” etc? I am assuming the “cayenne pepper” type of chili. Thank you!

    1. Hi Mary! It is in fact the chili powder used for Tex-Mex and American chili (It’s labeled “chili powder,” as the recipe states). It’s great in more than Tex-Mex. Cayenne is VERY hot, so I would not swap it here.

      1. Hi Erin, thanks so much for your response. I made the recipe for supper tonight. My husband, almost-93-yr-old mom, and I all loved it. I made mine with roasted pumpkin seeds, as I didn’t have pistachios. I added a little more feta, also used brown raisins, which was whaat I had.

        As far as background for my “chili powder” question — Having lived in Tunisia in the 1970’s, I also ate a lot of Moroccan food with Moroccan friends. I wasn’t sure about the chili powder in the recipe, because they didn’t have the “American” chili powder when I lived there. Maybe they do now! They had “harissa” (fire) and cayenne pepper (also fire.) Next time I make this recipe, I’ll add a little more cinnamon, use pistachios, and definitely go with cayenne for a little more authentic heat — but as you caution, cayenne must be handled with care! :-0 Thanks for posting the recipe; I’ll definitely make it again.5 stars

        1. Mary, I am so excited by how much you all enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing this note and the background too.

  12. I really like this salad, but i did cut the chickpeas and carrots in half because i was worried that i would have way too much leftovers. I also traded out the raisins for cranberries. but I made everything else pretty much as directed. I really like the dressing, but wish there was a little more. Next time i will add a little more.4 stars

  13. I love how beautiful and healthy this salad is. But I think the recipe needs some love. The mint tastes out of place and doesn’t add anything for me. There’s too much sweetener and not enough acid or flavor in the dressing. Overall, it’s too sweet and bland – not bad, just feels like it’s tiptoeing around what could be great, bold flavor instead of diving in. Next time I will increase the mustard, lemon juice, and chili powder, decrease the maple syrup, and trade out the mint for a different fresh herb.

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and sharing your feedback, Megan! I hope you enjoy it even more next time!

  14. Very yummy and wholesome. I have made this salad 3 times now. Its great for leftovers, I always keep the rocket (arugula) – as we call it in Australia! – separate so it doesn’t go soggy.5 stars

  15. Absolutely fantastic and super healthy! I wasn’t sure about the homemade dressing but it is phenomenal. Added grilled chicken to mine. Winning combo!5 stars