Moroccan sweet potato, red quinoa & chickpea salad with honey harissa dressing


For honey harissa dressing

  • 1⁄4 cup flaxseed oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp harissa paste
  • 1⁄2 tsp sea salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon

For the salad

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3⁄4″ cubes
  • 1 540-ml can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1⁄2 cup beluga black lentils
  • 1 cup red quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1⁄2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped toasted pecan halves
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves + more for garnish
  • 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1⁄3 cup fresh pomegranate seeds 


1 Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the honey harissa dressing.

Toss 1⁄4 cup of the dressing with the sweet potatoes and spread out onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Toss another 2 tablespoons of the dressing with the chickpeas and spread out onto another parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Place both baking sheets in the oven and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender.

In a small pot, bring the beluga lentils and 4 cups cold water to a simmer. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Drain, rinse and place in a large bowl, along with the roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas.

4 Meanwhile, in another small pot, bring the red quinoa and 4 cups water to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Drain the quinoa and let dry in the sieve for 2 minutes. Add to the sweet potato mixture.

Stir in the green onions, pumpkin seeds, pecans, mint and cranberries. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and toss gently to combine. Place the warm salad on a large serving platter and garnish with the fresh pomegranate seeds and mint leaves. Serve.

Serves 6.

Note: I used regular quinoa, and green lentils, don’t overcook the lentils, they are done sooner than you think. I’d double the dressing too to have extra!!


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