Home > Salads > Moroccan Carrot Salad Moroccan Carrot Salad January 24, 2019 | 8 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Moroccan Carrot Salad is packed with flavor and healthy ingredients. From the roasted seasoned carrots and chickpeas to the garlicky couscous and citrus dressing, every bite is a treat! The chickpeas and couscous make this salad super filling! While this salad can stand on its own as a meal, you can also serve it alongside some Grilled Chicken or Grilled Steak. This salad is simple to make, can be made ahead of time, and stores well (great for meal prep). Right now, I’m not sleeping through the nights super consistently, and I tend to crave sweets constantly! (These Snickerdoodles or Chocolate Muffins come to mind.) To avoid eating sugary treats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, meal prepping is a must for me. And while I don’t mind eating the same thing for three or four lunches in a row, I do need variety from week to week! And what’s more, the meals also need to be quick and easy to make, still taste great by day four, and have generally healthy ingredients. Enter: this Moroccan Carrot Salad. This salad is a meal-prepping dream come true! Or if you’re not into meal prepping, it makes for one heck of a main dish salad! How to make Moroccan Carrot Salad: Make the seasoning mix. Start by combining a few seasonings in a small bowl. This seasoning mix will get used to flavor the vegetables, chickpeas, couscous, and dressing! Roast the carrots and chickpeas. Add the carrots to one tray and chickpeas to another. Toss the carrots and chickpeas with some of the seasoning mix + olive oil, and roast in the oven. Shake together the dressing in a Mason jar. Add some of the seasoning mix, orange juice, lemon juice, and olive oil to a Mason jar. Shake to combine. Make the couscous. Follow package directions to cook the couscous (which is SO fast to make!) and add the last bit of the seasoning mix. Assemble. Either separate ingredients into meal prep containers or add them all in a large salad bowl. Add the salad toppings: roasted almonds, dried currants, and fresh herbs. Enjoy with the dressing! QUICK TIP Be sure to use pearled couscous in this recipe. Pearled couscous is much larger than Moroccan couscous. Moroccan (which you might think would go well with this Moroccan dish!) cooks in just five minutes, whereas pearled couscous takes 20 minutes to simmer. Using the wrong type of couscous will cause problems in this recipe. Once you make this salad, you can serve it right away or meal prep it. How to meal prep this Salad: Assemble four equal-sized meal prep containers and eight small containers for the dressing/salad toppings. You’ll want to store the dressing, almonds, and currants separately to avoid the salad getting soggy. You can buy bulk dressing containers, use dressing-sized plasticware, or use small snack-sized plastic bags. Prep the recipe according to directions. Add couscous to one side of the container, roasted carrots and chickpeas in the center, and the dressing + salad toppings in the small containers in the last part of the meal prep container. Add fresh herbs daily or store them in individual plastic bags. To enjoy each day, add the dressing, almonds, currants, and fresh herbs on top. Stir everything together and eat! Make this salad your own! Moroccan Carrot Salad is quite customizable; you can make it as simple as you want or add additional ingredients as desired: Cauliflower: We’ve tried this salad using about 4 cups cauliflower in place of some of the carrots/chickpeas (still added oil, seasoning, and roasted them) and loved the addition! Honey–roasted almonds: While plain or toasted almonds are delicious, these honey-roasted almonds add SO much to this salad. I’m obsessed with this addition! Yogurt: Add some plain yogurt if you want to add a creamy element to this dish. Greens: The arugula is great in small quantities, but the salad is also delicious without it – take your choice on adding! Same with fresh herbs — add parsley and/or mint (even cilantro if you want) to your desired preference. Currants: I use Zante currants in this Moroccan Carrot Salad (found next to raisins in most grocery stores) but you can use chopped dates. How long does Moroccan Carrot Salad last? This salad will stay good (without dressing added) for up to four days when refrigerated in an airtight container. This salad does not sit well for an extended time period with the dressing on it. Similar recipes to try next: Greek Couscous Salad Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Quinoa Black Bean Salad Cowboy Caviar FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Moroccan Carrot Salad 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe Moroccan Carrot Salad is packed with flavor and healthy ingredients. From the roasted seasoned carrots and chickpeas to the garlicky couscous and citrus dressing, every bite is a treat! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Moroccan Carrot Salad 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Moroccan Carrot Salad is packed with flavor and healthy ingredients. From the roasted seasoned carrots and chickpeas to the garlicky couscous and citrus dressing, every bite is a treat! Course Salad, Vegetarian Cuisine Moroccan, Vegan, Vegetarian Keyword Moroccan Carrot Salad Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Total Time 50 minutes Servings 6 Calories 620kcal Author Chelsea IngredientsSeasoning Mix1 tablespoon EACH: chili powder, ground cumin1 teaspoon EACH: ground turmeric, garam masala, fine sea salt1/8 teaspoon EACH: ground cinnamon, cayenne pepperVeggies, Chickpeas, & Couscous2 cans (15 ounces EACH) chickpeas, drained and rinsed1 and 1/3 pounds large carrots, (~4-6 large carrots) sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds1/4 cup olive oil, separated2 packages (4.7 ounces EACH) Pearled Couscous Mix, I use one made by Near East, Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil flavoredDressing1/4 cup olive oil1 large lemon (1 teaspoon zest, 3 tablespoons juice)1 large orange (1/2 teaspoon zest, 1/4 cup juice)1 and 1/2 tablespoon honeySalad ToppingsHoney roasted almonds, dried currants, and fresh herbs as desired (I like fresh parsley and mint)A few handfuls of fresh arugula, optional InstructionsVeggies, Chickpeas, and CouscousPreheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Position oven racks to the middle two positions. Toss together the seasonings: chili powder, cumin, ground turmeric, garam masala, salt, ground cinnamon, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine.On one large tray, spread out (in an even layer, avoiding overlapping) the drained, rinsed, and completely dried chickpeas. Add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix. Toss to coat.Peel carrots and slice into 1/2-inch rounds (cut large rounds in half to form moons) On another large tray, spread out (in an even layer to avoid overlapping) the cut carrots. Add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix. Toss to coat.Place carrots on the higher oven rack and chickpeas on the rack directly below. Roast for 15 minutes and then remove both trays, stir/flip chickpeas and carrots and return to the oven for another 12-18 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender and chickpeas roasted. Remove and set aside.While veggies are roasting, prepare couscous according to package directions.DressingIn a Mason jar, add in the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, orange zest and juice, honey, and 1 tablespoon seasoning mix. Add any leftover seasoning mix to the cooked couscous. Put the lid on the Mason jar and shake dressing to combine. Taste and add additional salt if needed.To serve: Add couscous to a large bowl. Top with roasted carrots and chickpeas. Toss with dressing(see Note 1), almonds, and currants. Add fresh herbs and/or arugula to desired preference and enjoy!To meal prep: See blog post for meal prepping instructions. Recipe NotesNote 1: Only add dressing, almonds, currants, and fresh herbs to the salad that will be eaten that same day. This salad doesn't sit well after it's been dressed. Nutrition FactsCalories: 620kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 925mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 16982IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 7mg DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.