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The Lagasse Girls

Authors of The Gluten Free Table and The Lagasse Girls’ Big Flavor Bold Taste and No Gluten

Warm Moroccan Spiced Quinoa Salad with Apricots

If you like Moroccan spices and cuisine, we think you will fall in love with this heart-healthy salad. We know it will leave you feeling satisfied and happy. We suggest serving it warm, but it is also delicious cold. You should be able to find the Moroccan spice mix ras el hanout in the spice aisle at most local grocery stores. If for some reason you can’t, try your local Whole Foods Market, specialty supermarkets, or Asian markets. You could also order it online; just have a look at our Resources section to see where. It really is a key component to the dish. This quinoa is a deliciously filling vegetarian option, but if you’re not a vegetarian, feel free to add any other form of protein you’d like—or try serving it with our delicious Moroccan Lamb Tagine (page 244).

Makes 4 to 6 Servings


1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, prepared per package instructions

3/4 cup vegetable stock

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons ras el hanout Moroccan seasoning

1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup julienned dried plump apricots (about 12 dried apricots)

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper



  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the cooked quinoa, stock, lemon juice, and ras el hanout seasoning and stir well. Heat the mixture over low heat for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan. Stir well and serve immediately.