Moroccan Carrot & Chickpea Salad

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With fragrant spices, bright colors and savory flavors, this exotic twist on the carrot-raisin salad is a feast for the senses.

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Fragrant spices, bright colors, sweet and savory flavors — this Moroccan salad is a feast for the senses. It’s essentially an exotic twist on the classic carrot-raisin salad, yet you don’t need any exotic ingredients to make it. The magic is made with spices you likely already have in your spice cabinet.

You can serve it with my Grilled Moroccan Chicken, Grilled Moroccan Meatballs or, for a lighter meal, my autumn-spiced Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup. I even like it all by itself, especially on those nights when I’m just cooking for myself and don’t need to worry about a protein and two sides, or who will eat what (picky eaters, you know who you are!).

What you’ll need to make Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad

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The list of ingredients looks long but, as you can see, it’s mostly just a lot of spices. If you have a food processor, this is a good time to use it. If not, you can shred the carrots by hand or buy them already shredded and bagged from the supermarket.

How to make Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad

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Begin by making the dressing. You’ll need the zest and juice of one large lemon. Be sure to zest the lemon before you juice it, otherwise, it will be impossible.

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You’ll also need the juice from one orange. You don’t need a citrus juicer like this one — you can just squeeze the juice out with your hands — but it does make the job a little easier.

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Whisk the lemon zest and citrus juice with the olive oil, honey and spices.

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Set the dressing aside. Next, toast the almonds. Simply place them on a foil-lined baking sheet for easy clean-up and bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly golden.

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Keep a close eye on them; they go from perfectly golden to burnt very quickly!

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Next, add all of the salad ingredients to the bowl with the dressing.

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Toss well, then cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, but preferably several hours. The salad tastes infinitely better cold, especially once the flavors have had a chance to marry.

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Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary, then serve cold. Enjoy!

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Moroccan Carrot & Chickpea Salad

With fragrant spices, bright colors and savory flavors, this exotic twist on the carrot-raisin salad is a feast for the senses.

Servings: 6 (as a side dish)

Ingredients

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 3 tablespoons lemon juice, from one large lemon
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, from one large orange
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Salad

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (see note below)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint or cilantro (or a combination), plus more for serving
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallots, from one large shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl (large enough to mix the entire salad), whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing.
  2. To the dressing, add all of the ingredients for the salad and toss well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to a few hours. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (you might need more salt, lemon or honey, depending on the sweetness of the carrots). Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with more fresh chopped herbs. Serve cold.
  3. Note: To toast the almonds, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the almonds on a foil-lined baking sheet for easy clean-up. Bake for about 5 minutes, until the almonds are golden.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 312
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Sodium: 522mg
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • I made this for my business partner and she has been obsessed with it ever since. So easy to make and bring for potlucks or make ahead for a dinner or lunch party (or just yourself). Love the flavors!

  • Oh my gosh! This salad was delicious! It was the perfect side for my Moroccan themed dinner. For the fresh herb ingredient, I used half cilantro and half mint. Loved the combo. Thanks Jenn!

  • This salad was delicious but next time I’d leave out the cayenne as it was very spicy. I feel it detracts from the other fresh ingredients.

  • Wow, if I had a restaurant, this would be the salad I’d serve. Excellent! This is will be our staple salad.

  • YUM! I made this exactly as written, using mint from the garden, and everyone loved it. This is a great picnic salad.

  • Such a good recipe! Great by itself or with other Moroccan style dishes.

  • Awesome a real crowd pleaser.

  • I love carrots and traditional carrot salads. This beats anything I’ve ever eaten with a raw carrot! No joke–I ate it all week without ever tiring of it. It is perfection. THANK YOU, Jenn!

  • This is quite possibly my favorite salad ever! I’ve made it twice already. The flavor combinations just hit the right spot for me!! Thanks so much for yet another hit, Jen!

  • I skipped the currants & baked the chickpeas till golden brown before adding to the salad (for some extra crunch). Otherwise followed it to a tee. Loved it. So flavoursome. 👍

  • Excellent! So full of flavor! We had this at gourmet group and loved it! I made it myself and made these substitutions:
    Edamame for the chickpeas and used dried cherries for the currants. The family loved it!

    • Can you use pre/shredded carrots and how much would you use to equal the recipe.

      • — Davita on March 2, 2020
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      • Hi Davita, Sure, pre-shredded carrots should work here. You’ll need 16 ounces. Enjoy!

        • — Jenn on March 3, 2020
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  • This salad is so delicious that I couldn’t stop eating it. For the life of me I can’t remember what else we had with it.

  • The first time I made this salad my guests kept eating it till it was gone, all the other food stayed untouched (it was cooked without using Jenn’s recipes (-:

  • Awesome recipe. Easy and tasty. Ka pai.

  • Flavor explosion!! This is hands-down theee best salad I’ve made or eaten this year–and I’m no spring chicken, as they say. I just found your site today, and look forward to more recipes.

  • TASTY ADDITION THAT HELPS ME USE UP ALL OF THOSE CARROTS I BUY! ANOTHER GOOD ONE! THANKS!

  • Such a delicious salad! Simple ingredients, easy to make, and so fresh.

  • This is perfect and better than anything I’ve bought from a cafe or supermarket. I’m also happy to have this as a complete meal by itself.

  • Hi Jenn,

    I love your website and your recipes! Thank you so much. I want to try the Moroccan carrot and chickpea salad, but am allergic to oranges (any citrus but lemon and lime really). Is there something I can substitute for the orange juice? I plan on making the grilled Moroccan chicken, couscous salad with apricot vinaigrette (with quinoa – have gluten intolerance). Sounds totally yummy! Thanks for any ideas you can give me re:orange substitute.
    Caroline in Wilton, CT

    • — Caroline McNeill
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    • Hi Caroline, Can you have pomegranate juice? I think that would work well in place of the orange juice. And you can use the POM bottled juice to make it easy.

      • Thanks, Jenn! Will try and let you know how it goes ;). Caroline

        • — Caroline McNeill
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  • I made this delicious salad to go with moussaka and rice pilaf last Saturday night for a dinner party. It was fabulous and looked beautiful! I can always count on your blog for delicious and reliable recipes. Thank you!!!

    • — Debbie Freschl
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  • This was so fresh and surprising.The cayenne with the sweet warmth of the other spices all carried in a citrus dressing was divine. It’s a winner.

  • Awesomely delicious. Wouldn’t change a thing

    • — Hemanth Jayakumar
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  • Wow this is my new favorite salad. I used fresh mint and cilantro and it is just fabulous.

  • Excellent recipie. Enjoyed every bite. I substituted chickpea with white bean because I did not have chickpea in my pantry. Very delicious!!! Plan to make with chickpea soon.

  • So delicious! I made this exactly as written and wouldn’t change a single thing. It’s a wonderful blend of flavor, color and nutrition. So good with lamb patties or grilled pork tenderloin. I made this in the early afternoon to let the flavors meld. LOVE!

  • What a delicious, healthy salad with complex flavors. My family really enjoyed this and I would make it again. Love your website!

  • Really delicious, healthy and nutritious, a great way to dress up chick peas.

    • May I make this the night before?
      Thanks

      • Hi Dag, I think this is best eaten the day it’s made, but you could probably get away with making it the night before. Please let me know what you think if you make it in advance!

  • I made this last night to go with the grilled Moroccan Chicken. It’s light refreshing and sweet. A winner. I will be making this one again for sure.

  • Very, very good. Have already shared with my 2 daughters and a friend.

    Thanks for sharing I love it.

  • I had an abundance of carrots and searched for a salad to use them in. Boy, am I happy I found this recipe. I took it to my book club dinner and it was gobbled up. All 10 women asked for the recipe! Delicious!!!

  • One of the best salads ever…………will be one of my go-to’s now.
    Thank you!

  • YUM!

  • This had become a regular in my lunch box… have a little jar with the spice mix ready for faster preparation.

  • This was delicious! Lovely flavors and I felt healthier after eating it

  • LOVED this!! Had to tweak due to a cinnamon allergy, but other than that, perfection!!

  • I was about to go to a friends BBQ and was told not to take anything ,but I felt that I should bring something .
    The only thing I had was carrots and chickpeas ,so I decide to do the morrocan carrot and chickpea salad.
    I adapted it to what I had ,so I was unable to use fresh lemon and orange ,instead used the lemon juice already brought and orange juice in a bottle and was missing all spice and scallions ( so I left those out).everything else I had and the salad was delicious .Thankyou for being my saviour and saving the day.

  • I have made this salad many times for family and friends this summer and it is always well received. If you like Indian spices and orange flavor, you will really enjoy this. As a vegetarian, I make this for dinner with a big tossed green salad. The leftovers are great the next day for lunch too!

    • — Christina Maffia
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  • This salad was just perfect. My family enjoyed it.

  • O MY GOSH! This is just amazing!!! I did a few things different:
    I doubled the recipe, and added an extra can of garbonzos (3 cans, instead of 2)
    Added fresh grated ginger instead of powdered ginger.

    This is an absolutely awesome recipe. Very interesting.

    If you ever decide to publish a cookbook, let us know (I’m sure you will). I’ll buy it!!!

  • This was delicious especially after it had a chance to sit in the fridge and the flavors came together. I used golden raisins since I didn’t have currants on hand and it was still gorgeous and tasty. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  • The carrot salad is a flavor EXPLOSION! Quick to prepare and delicious beyond belief. I highly recommend and thank you once again.

  • I have made this salad several times since it is such a crowd pleaser! However be aware it takes some time and muscle to shred all of the carrots – if you are like me and do not have a food processor – but I do it anyway since I like the freshness from the whole carrots. I have used craisins instead of the currants just because I had them on hand and love the taste!

  • This salad was delicious and fresh tasting! My family all enjoyed it very much. I served it with grilled chicken and a couscous salad. Can’t wait to make it for friends!!

  • This is such a fantastic salad I wish I could give it more than 5 stars! Everything about it is wonderful–the perfect combo of taste and texture, spiciness, and sweetness.
    Awesome. My only regret is I took it to my daughter’s house to have dinner there and left her all the leftovers. Luckily it’s easy to make and I’ll have it again soon! Love this!!

  • This recipe deserves 6 stars! I suspected that this recipe would be good (what’s not to love about carrots and chickpeas), but the citrus dressing, the fabulous blend of spices and the currants (I used raisins) and toasted almonds just knock it out of the park! We served this salad with some grilled chicken thighs and your perfect Basmati rice – we love, love, LOVED it! Thank you, Jenn.

  • This is not only delicious but gluten free and great for vegetarians too. It’s going in to regular rotation at our house especially in winter when the usual sumner salad ingredients are not readily available. Great pop of color. Easy to get ingredients.

  • If you’re wondering if you should make this recipe, the answer is YES! Immediately! It was so delicious and incredibly flavorful – each bite had sweetness, spiciness, crunch and nuttiness. Absolutely delicious. I found myself standing at the counter eating bite after bite when I had meant to just taste it before it chilled for a while. I found this salad to be best the day I made it and still very good the next day. After that it may get a little soggy, but still tasted good. I also used orange, purple and white carrots when I made it and the colors were gorgeous together. This one will now be a staple at our house!!!

    • Love the idea for the different color carrots, Christine. Thanks!

  • This is an incredibly flavorful dish…bursting in your mouth.

    • — Christine Byrnes
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  • If it’s anything like your carrot slaw I’m sure this’ll be incredible. I recently made several of your dishes for an anniversary party & the food was a hit. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes! 🙂

  • Is there anything I could substitute for the currants?
    Thanks in advance for your time. We love your recipes at my house!! 🙂

    • Hi Ashlea, You can use any dried fruit that you like or just leave them out.

    • Hi I am in the process of making this recipe and I have a question, is it possible to use 0% Greek yogurt instead of olive oil? I am trying to make it low fat ??

      • — Johanna Faricelli on August 26, 2020
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      • Hi Johanna, I suspect it will work, but it will have a different taste and texture. You may want to add a bit more orange juice to thin out the dressing a little; it will also help to reduce the tartness the yogurt will add. Please LMK how it turns out!

        • — Jenn on August 27, 2020
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