Couscous is staple dish in Moroccan cuisine. Although it appears to be a grain, it is actually a small pasta made of semolina. Couscous is often dressed up with different add-ins, such as dried fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts, legumes, and spices. I cannot eat couscous since it contains gluten, but I was very interested in creating a similar type of dish that I could enjoy.
After looking around at a bunch of recipes, it became clear that I could easily create my own couscous-inspired dish with quinoa as the main component and add in whatever I desired. I can't say for sure if this tastes just like a Moroccan couscous dish. But, I can tell you that it is a lightly spiced and very delicious gluten-free alternative filled with hearty chickpeas, sweet raisins, and crunchy pistachios. And I can also tell you that I enjoyed it immensely.
Moroccan Chickpea & Quinoa Salad
-1 cup quinoa(I used red)
-2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 16oz can, rinsed and drained)
-1/4 cup pistachios
-1/4 cup raisins
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp cumin
-1/4 tsp paprika
Rinse quinoa and cook according to package (or make it the way I do). When the quinoa is finish cooking, add in the cinnamon, cumin, and paprika, and mix until the spices are evenly dispersed. Add chickpeas, pistachios, and raisins, and mix thoroughly. Serve immediately.
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