Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Salad
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Moroccan Chickpea Salad

Yield: 3 –4 servings, about 9 1/2 cups
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Moroccan Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Quinoa, and Feta. This light, bright, healthy salad recipe is filled with Moroccan spices, exotic flavors, and fresh ingredients!

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

  1. In a medium saucepan, cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Recipe 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.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: Chickpea Salad Recipe, Healthy Side Dish, Moroccan Chickpea Salad

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 4), about 2 1/3 cups) — Calories: 534, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 879mg, Carbohydrates: 74g, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 14g, Protein: 24g

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