Moroccan Salad Bowl

by Danielle Valdez

Quick. Easy. A bit adventurous. This recipe is great to spice up your one-bowl meals with a little savory-sweet combo.
Here’s my take on Joanne’s¬†Moroccan style pilaf:

Ingredients

For the grains

  • 1/2 cup red quinoa
  • 1/2 cup bulgur (exclude and double quinoa for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup water

For the topping

*Measurements for 1 serving, easily doubled

  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • handful sliced raw almonds
  • handful dried black currants
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp raw honey (maple syrup for vegan)

For the salad

  • 1-2 handful(s) mixed greens

Instructions

  1. Place quinoa, bulgur and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Heat grapeseed oil in a medium pan over medium/low heat. Add shallots and garlic, cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally (If using onions instead of shallots, let them cook until golden brown before adding garlic). Add almonds and currants. Cook for 1-2 minutes, careful not to overcook currants as they will get hard and chewy. Stir in cinnamon until evenly coated. Stir in honey and remove from heat.
  3. Combine about 1/3 of the grain blend, the mixed greens, and the topping in a bowl. Let the heat from the grains wilt the greens as you mix them together.
  4. Serve warm.
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