Carrot Quinoa Chickpea Moroccan Salad with Tahini Dressing

Happy New Year guys!!!!!!!

I hope you had a lovely NYE with your family and friends, like I did. I also wish you all have a wonderful 2014, full of good stuff!

Tell me, was last night nice for you all? Did you go out to party or preferred to stay at home? I myself had quite a great night, but I’m going to keep it short here, because oh well, there was too much stuff going on and I don’t want to bore you all hehe. And I want to tell you more about this salad before you get bored and close the tab.

Let’s start by saying that I expected the night to be a massive fail. Why? Two words:


Ruined. Cheesecake.

 

 

*GASP*. If you read often, you know that cheesecake is pretty much my favorite thing ever… so not  having my mousse cheesecake to set up was… devastating, to say the least. I cried, of course… but you know me, I’m like a big baby when it comes to ruining cake and the like.

Luckily, I had made these truffles the day before and they came out terrific (thanks Zainab!). Oh, they were such a hit, best truffles I’ve ever had! And I also made up a recipe for Monster M&M’s Cookies, which I ended up serving as a dessert. Needless to say that they were awesome as well. Obviously, M&M’s anything is always a winner.

Dinner itself included an adaptation of this wonderful Salmon Dip by my friend Kristi, served with crackers and snack bread (yum, my favorite thing on the table!), bacon and cheese puff pastry pinwheels, shrimp, a lovely pomegranate salad with blue cheese dressing and lots of stuff more that I don’t eat because I’m secretly, the most picky of eaters hehe ((aka lamb)).

 

 

I don’t know how you guys celebrate the beginning of the new year. We Spanish people like to go out to party… I mean, they Spanish people like to go out to party. I prefer staying at home to eat all the M&M’s cookies… but that’s just me, I’m so awkward.

In the end… I decided to go out, but, again, if you read often, you’ll know that I really really really dislike booze. Firstly, because it tastes like medicine to me. Secondly, because I’d rather spend all those calories on the aforementioned M&M’s cookies. And last, because I have a race coming up next week and the feeling of crossing the finish line and get a medal makes me more euphorical than the drink itself.

Anyway, going out to party is quite boring if you aren’t drinking anything and the rest of people is. It feels like you are like out of place, so I decided that the best thing to do was to fill an empty whisky bottle with a banana-strawberry smoothie and carrying around all night long. Duh, isn’t it the best choice? ;–)

 

 

So off I went, with my pinky bottle. Oh man, it was the prettiest smoothie that I’d ever seen. 

Though it made me appear even more awkward, since people said it smelled of baby food.

Oh well, who cares. 

End of the story, I just woke up (4 pm). Ate two more cookies (oh, come on, resolutions don’t start until the 2th) and went back to bed in order to write a post about carrot salad.

Because you really need to hear about this carrot salad… otherwise, you bet I’ll be napping instead of laying here writing ;–)

This salad?? 

BESTEST. SALAD. EVER.

 

 

It’s not the kind of lettuce-only-that-makes-you-feel-like-a-rabbit-and-leaves-you-hungry-a-minute-after-you’ve-eaten-it salad. Nope, man. This is a salad that will help you go back on track without having to starve. Complex carbs, protein, fiber, vitamins and healthy fats made this salad a nutrition gem.

Winner? Yeah, winner.

And it’s so delicious, OH GOSH. I tell you that if it happened to be some of this salad left, I’d be eating it instead of the cookies.

Heck no, I’d take both, actually.

Anyway, you guys bookmark this. Make the salad. Eat it. Enjoy it. Thank me later. But, for godness sake: DO NOT ADD THE CILANTRO.

Yes, that’s cilantro in the pictures I’m aware. I’ve never regretted anything in my food-bloggy life as I’ve regretted having add cilantro to this salad. I had never eaten it before and I thought it’d be nice. I mean, a lot of you guys like it so I reckoned it’d be grand.

Man, I was so wrong. It tastes like soap… and I don’t meant the lovely peach scented one. It taste like cheap soap.

(((For the record, I don’t go around tasting soaps, I’m just taking guesses)))

 

 

Moral of the story: use parsley. Parsley is good, parsley is awesome, and parsley doesn’t make you wish you could cut off your tongue.

I had the salad for dinner with parsley and it was heavenly. The cilantro version made me spent lunchtime picking the cilantro bits out of my salad. 

Use what you prefer. Your choice, your risk.

 

Carrot Quinoa Chickpea Moroccan Carrot Salad with Tahini Dressing
Serves 4
Sweet, salty and spicy: this is, without a doubt, the best carrot salad I've ever eaten!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 carrots
  2. 150 grams cooked chickpeas
  3. 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  4. 150 grams potatoes (that's 3-4 small ones)
  5. 180 grams cauliflower
  6. 40 grams dried figs
  7. 1 teaspoon pine nuts
To sautee
  1. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 1 teaspoon cumin
  3. 1/8 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  4. a pinch of spicy paprika
For the dressing
  1. 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 teaspoon tahini (dark one, please)
  3. 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey)
  4. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  5. a handful of parsley
Instructions
  1. Boil potatoes until tender. It's better if you use small potatoes that can be boiled in your microwave under 5 minutes.
  2. Cook quinoa as accorded to package. I used a bit over 1/2 cup water.
  3. Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a pan, add chopped potatoes, cauliflower, chickpeas and cooked quinoa, along with paprika, cumin and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Slice carrots in ribbons with a vegetable peeler.
  5. Cut figs into smaller pieces.
  6. Arrange everything on a bowl and stir in the dressing.
Notes
  1. This salad is gluten free and vegan.
  2. It serves 3 people as a main-course salad, but it can stretch to 4-5 people as a side salad.
  3. Yes, that's cilatro in the pictures. I don't like it, so I recommend you use parlsly instead.
  4. This salad doesn't keep very well. It's best eaten 2 two hours after you've made it, as the flavors meld together.
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One last thing: I took the inspiration from the lovely Joanne who made this awesome salad which had me dreaming about it for weeks after I saw it. Doesn’t it look awesome? ((It does)) So, if you want fancy delicious salads other than the kind you’d feed your rabbit with… check out her blog, she’s got you covered!

No no no, wait: one last thing more. This is my post number #100 (!!!). Yay, it’s not quite like an anniversary, I’ve still got almost 6 months left until my blog is one year old… but still, I wanted to celebrate it with you all. Thanks for all your support and kind comments… Honey & Figs wouldn’t be the same without you all. Or more like, “Honey & Figs wouldn’t be at all, without you all”.

Thank you thank you thank you. I’m sending big hugs your way, guys.

Cheers to a wonderful 2014!!

 

77 Comments

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Oh my gosh Consuelo – these photos are literally JUMPING off the page – so so so so so beautiful! Absolutely GORGEOUS. And, I have to tell you – this recipe looks absolutely divine! What a great new recipe to share with us in the New Year. Much much success to you this year darling! Hugs!!!

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Aww thank you very much Kristi! ^^ You too have a wonderful year yourself :–) x

  • Reply Dolega January 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    ¡Feliz año, hermosa!
    Las fotos cada vez mejores, pero carga un poquito lenta. Mírala a ver.
    Besazo dooooble 😀

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:51 am

      ¡Igualmente!
      Aw muchas gracias ^^ Ahora lo miro, a ver qué puede ser.
      Besos.

  • Reply Trisha January 1, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Pinned! These are the kind of salad recipes I need to start off the new year healthy!

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

      Thanks Trisha! x

  • Reply Rural Baby Project January 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Mi marido, que ha vivido en Marruecos 4 años, dice que allí nunca ha visto que le echen cilantro a la ensalada. Perejil sí. Aún así, dice que no suelen tomar muchas ensalada.
    Hope it helps!

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

      Mmm ok, muchas gracias por la información. Besos :)

  • Reply Vicky and Ruth - May I Have That Recipe? January 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    We stayed home on New Year’s Eve, but I do remember all my nights our when I was living in Barcelona. I just have to stay that Spanish people do know how to party! This is a lovely and super healthy salad. I love it!. You made me laugh about the cilantro, you either love it or hate it, I don’t think there is an in between with cilantro. I happen to love it, so I will add it to this salad when I make it . Happy New Year! I hope you have a very successful year!

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:49 am

      Oh we do indeed. Ok maybe not me, but the rest of us do ;–)
      Thank you very much! Same to you <3

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen January 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Nom! Your healthy salad looks very satisfying, Consuelo! Sorry you experienced yucky cilantro. My taste buds love it and I don’t detect any ‘soap’ flavor, but that is exactly what people say when they don’t like it. “It tastes like soap”, LOL! We stayed home this year for NYE, but like to rotate going out and staying home for the best of both worlds. Wishing you all the best in the New Year, my friend! xo

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:49 am

      Hahaha it’s soapy for me indeed ;–) Thank you very much Stacy! Your comments make my day! And Happy New Year to you too ;–)

  • Reply Ashley January 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    haha okay I absolutely love that you filled an empty bottle with a smoothie and walked around with it! We went to a friend’s house to celebrate – it was perfect – fun but low key : ) And this salad sounds absolutely delicious! I love chickpeas!

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Yay, I’m glad to see you had fun ;–) Thank you! x

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker January 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I NEED this super healthy, delicious salad to set me off on the right foot for 2014. Happy New Year!

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:47 am

      Thanks Jo! Happy New Year to you too :–)

  • Reply Mary Frances January 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Haha! The smoothie – genius and hilarious! We just stayed up and watched a football game; it was fun! I’m all about salads that are meals and this one is a winner, especially with those chickpeas. Since I have all the ingredients, I’m definitely saving this one for future use. (P.S. Made your greek yogurt cookies and will be posting about them tomorrow. Your recipes are goooood!) Oh, and I’ll make sure to use parsley;)

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Yeah it was haha!
      Did you?? Aww thank you so so much Mary Frances! I’m glad you like them :–) Happy New Year! x

  • Reply Joanne January 1, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Aww I’m sorry you didn’t like the cilantro! There’s actually a set of people in the world who taste cilantro as soap and a set who taste it as delicious…it’s a genetic thing. at least now you know which side you’re on!

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:45 am

      Oooh I’m glad to know it’s not my fault 😉 Anyway, I wish I was on the side of people who likes it!

  • Reply Cindy January 2, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Congratulations on 100 posts! This salad sounds like a wonderful way to commemorate a fantastic blog! Happy New Year!

    • Reply Consuelo January 2, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Thanks Cindy! Happy New Year to you too! x

  • Reply tohercore January 2, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Haha, oh dear thats a shame about the cilantro! I actually love it, but no others that have your dilemma too. This salad sounds lovely – with or without the cilantro – and beautiful photography too!, Oh, and congrats on 100 posts! x

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Thank you very much Dearna! xx

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor January 2, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Haha! I loved reading this post. I didn’t feel like going out and my husband was working, so I curled up on the couch with chocolate, cheese, crackers and my favorite bottle of wine :) I agree with you on most liquor, but I’ve found a few bottles of incredibly sweet wine that I love. I don’t like drinking calories because I would rather eat a cookie or truffle (or two). I’ve been craving chickpeas and this salad looks perfect. Enjoy the rest of your week, Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

      That sounds like a lovely plan! Thank you Ashley! xx

  • Reply Jennifer January 2, 2014 at 2:05 am

    This looks awesome. I love raw carrots and have been looking for new ways to dress them up. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Thank you Jennifer! x

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth January 2, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I would rather stay home and eat M&M cookies too! After some of this salad. It looks so healthy and delicious!! Happy New Year Consuelo! :)

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Sarah! Happy New Year to you too! x

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely January 2, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Ruined cheesecake?! Oh no! The worst! This meal looks delicious, the flavors sound amazing. Happy New Year friend!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Natalie! Happy New Year to you too :-)

  • Reply Tamara Faith January 2, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Sounds deliciously perfect for a healthy 2014 dish!
    http://www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Tamara! x

  • Reply Jerin Marina January 2, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Awesome pictures!!This is such a delicious. I want to make this crisp for a little dinner tomorrow.Happy New Consuelo :)

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Jerin! Happy New Year to you too! xx

  • Reply Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen January 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

    This looks so perfect for the New Year! I am officially on a healthy January kick recipe so the ingrediants for this have been added to my shopping list for next week to have with roast chicken! I do however LOVE cilantro so I will adding it for sure :-) Happy New Year

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Thank you very much Claire! I hope you’ll like this! xx

  • Reply Kelly January 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Hehe, love the smoothie in the empty whisky bottle – so clever :) Hehe, I totally understand the dislike for cilantro. I hated it growing up too but now I adore it especially in salads – I guess it sort of grew on me later on as it goes really well with a lot of asian dishes. This salad looks delicious! Love chickpeas and quinoa and this sounds like just what I need after all the heavy foods I’ve been having :) Happy New Year Consuelo and best wishes to you and your family for 2014 :)

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I hope it grows on me too. I feel like I’m missing out! Thank you very much Kelly!
      Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family! xx

  • Reply BrunchTimeBaker January 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I loveeee Moroccon food! This salad looks delicious! I really have to start eating healthier this year!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Layla! XX

  • Reply Johlene January 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Happy New Year Consuelo!! This recipe looks devine!! Can´t wait to see what recipes you share in 2014 :-) Xx

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Johlene! Happy New Year to you too! x

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen.com January 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Congratulations on 100 posts and Happy New Year Consuelo! This salad looks gorgeous and I love the combination of flavors! I thought cilantro tasted like soap too the first time I tried it but now I love it :)

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thank you very much! I hope I get to like it someday! x

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven January 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Cilantro totally tastes like soap! Serious cilantrophone right here. Congrats on 100 and a very happy New Year to you beautiful lady! A great start to the year with this salad! xo

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

      *highfive* I’m glad to find someone who doesn’t like it either. It feels like every food blogger is mad about it haha.
      Thank you Davida! Happy New Year to you too! x

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com January 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Oooh this salad is making me hungry!
    Quinoa and chickpeas are a fav combo of mine – I love your tahini dressing!
    Happy New Year Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Shashi! Happy New Year to you too! x

  • Reply Cate @ ChezCateyLou January 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Awww, I’m so sorry about your cheesecake! Sooo sad. But – this salad looks like it made up for it! What a delicious combo of flavors – yum!!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

      It did hehe. Thank you! xx

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes January 3, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I really need to start eating healthier!! Love this idea!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Ashley! xx

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker January 3, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Staying low key at home isn’t a bad thing to ring out the New Year. Especially if I can have a big bowl of this salad. :) Happy New Year Consuelo, hope you wonderful holiday! :)

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Yup I agree! Happy New Year to you too :–)

  • Reply Monica January 3, 2014 at 2:47 am

    haha – I love your stories, Consuelo! Thanks for making me smile and laugh a lot! : ) This salad looks great and I would indeed skip the cilantro…I have come to terms with parsley but I have hated cilantro from a child, when my mother put it on everything! Happy New Year (and happy 100th post)!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

      I really really dislike it haha! Thank you so much & Happy New Year to you too my friend! x

  • Reply foxeslovelemons January 3, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Aw, sorry to hear about your cheesecake fail, but let’s just leave that in 2013, right? This is a beautiful, healthy, vibrant salad – a perfect way to kick off a new year. Best wishes to you in 2014!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Ok ; ) Thank you very much Lori! Best wishes to you too! x

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment January 3, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Congratulations on your 100th post! That is such a milestone achievement… This salad looks wonderful- I love anything Moroccan and the combination of flavors here are fantastic. Wishing you all the best in 2014, & good luck with the race!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Thank you very much Allie! All the best to you too : ) x

  • Reply sprinklesandsauce January 3, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Looks very rustic! Like the idea of tahini dressing!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Thanks guys! :–)

  • Reply anecdotesandapples January 3, 2014 at 4:50 am

    OH I’m so sorry about the cheesecake. I totally cry when things like that happen. Haha. Oh well! This salad looks just glorious, my dear! Love the thought of that tahini dressing!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Thank you Monet! xxx

  • Reply blahnikbaker January 3, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Yay!! Happy New Year first of all my dear. I am so glad this is your 100th post!! You have accomplished so much. Your recipes are amazing and these pictures?? Just gorgeous. So funny we both made each others recipes this holiday break and enjoyed them, Your irish cream was a hit with my in-laws and I am requested ti bring more next weekend for Sunday brunch. Love this salad!! Perfect for new healthy eating :)

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Aw thank you so much for the sweet words! They mean a lot!
      Your truffles were loved by everyone here, what a perfect recipe! ^^

  • Reply Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic January 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I’ve totally cried over failed cakes, too! This salad looks beautiful!

    • Reply Consuelo January 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Thank you Bianca! xx

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes January 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th post!! And ah sorry to hear about your cheesecake, it happens to the best of us. At least you had something delicious to substitute it with! :) . This salad looks sooo good (like, everything you photograph and post here makes me want to eat it!)

    • Reply Consuelo January 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Awwh thank you very much Jessica! xx

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  • Reply Lindsey January 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Consuelo, I’m always looking for new ways to use veggies and new salad ideas, so thank you for this inspiration! I love how you incorporated the figs. Cheers!

    • Reply Consuelo January 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you Lindsey! I’m so happy you like this :–)

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  • Reply Tally March 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I would love to start my day out with this!

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