(about 4 servings)
This flavourful and exotic salad is a great choice for potlucks as it travels really well. I used to make this with couscous and added olive oil. The quinoa makes a great substitute and I don't miss the oil at all in this version.
I love this combination of spices; cumin, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon with a pleasant kick from the Harissa.
2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup quinoa
juice from 1/2 lemon, or more to taste
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp (or more to taste) Harissa
1 large carrot, shredded
1/4 cup dried currants
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
salt, if needed
Heat the chicken broth in a saucepan and add the cumin, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Stir in the quinoa (check the package to see if it needs to be rinsed in water first). Simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat when most of the liquid has been absorbed into the quinoa. Allow to cool.
Combine the lemon juice, honey and Harissa in a bowl. Stir in the cooled quinoa, shredded, carrot, currants, green onion and cilantro.
Check and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.