Monday, May 9, 2011

Quinoa w/ Moroccan Salsa

I feel bad sometimes, with my specific diet, my mom doesn't always know what to cook for dinner, so she usually just, doesn'

But the other day I was pleasantly surprised when she made up this moroccan inspired salsa, vegan, gluten-free and definitely health-freak worthy.

I just put it on top of quinoa and it was very delicieux. She was happy to make dinner for once, and I was happy to eat it :)

All mixta mooxta

  • 3 red peppers, roasted and coarsely chopped
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (fresh, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1/2 tsp (scant) cayenne

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add cumin and cinnamon; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour oil mixture over chopped roasted red peppers. Mix in olives and rest of ingredients. Season salsa with salt and pepper.

Cook quinoa, and top with salsa. Stir in if desired. 


  1. wow- that looks yummy! go mom!

  2. Aw that's sweet of your mom to come up with something!

  3. Ooh, that looks good! I love meals like that :)

  4. My kind of meal. I love quinoa mixes. And I'm sure the olives and raisins really boost this dish with surprises of flavor. Looks great!

  5. This looks great! Love Moroccan flavours. Did you also top with almonds?

  6. That looks really good!
    I feel so bad for my Mom sometimes, she never knows what to make when I come home. I usually end up making dinner for my family:)
    So glad you mom made you a meal you could enjoy!

  7. oh. my. goodness.
    This looks amazing. I need to write down the ingredients so I can make it soon.

  8. That looks great! Definitely going to try this!

  9. Oooh, this looks delicious! Yum! Definitely going to have to give it a try!

  10. Beautiful photos! I'm looking forward to following your blog now that I've found you :)

  11. Love quinoa! I don't eat it as often as I should. Looks delicious!

  12. This looks so simple & elegant. Another great reason to love quinoa ... thanks for sharing!

  13. YUM! Can't wait to try this...I bet it's perfect for a picnic :)

    love, love, LOVE your blog. It gives me tons of inspiration!

    Stay bright, Sarah B

  14. @Sarah B: Thanks! :) we absolutely LOVE your blog as well!

  15. Hi there, just wanted to let you know that I made this dish last night (with green peppers, because the red ones were about 4 times more expensive!). It was delicious, although not quite as pretty as the version with red peppers. Yum! Even my somewhat notoriously picky grandma thought it was fantastic. Thanks for a great recipe. :)

  16. @sara: I'm glad you and your grandma liked it! :) I know red peppers can be pricey, that's clever to use green, I'm sure yellow/orange would work as well.