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10-Minute Spicy Moroccan Quinoa Salad

This healthy 10-Minute Moroccan quinoa salad combines crunchy vegetables, whole grains and a spicy turmeric-tahini dressing. It's also vegan, gluten-free and great for meal prep!

When I first made a recipe for 10-minute quinoa fried rice recipe, you guys LOVED it. So I had to make another fast, delicious and healthy dinner recipe that we can all rely on. This Moroccan quinoa salad is also ready in 10 minutes and features:

  • Fresh greens
  • Crunchy vegetables
  • Sweet dates
  • Tons of satisfying plant-based protein from quinoa, chickpeas and cashews
  • A kick from creamy spicy turmeric-tahini dressing

Ready for this? Let's dive into what you need to know to make a fast and healthy quinoa salad as quickly as possible.

steps to make spicy moroccan quinoa salad

How to Make Moroccan Quinoa Salad

If you already have cooked quinoa on hand, you're well on your way to throwing together this sweet and spicy salad.

Ingredient Notes

  • Carrots. To get the crunchiest bits of carrot that really mix into your grain salad well, I recommend using a mandoline. It cuts veggies incredibly small without all the tricky knife work. You can also shred your carrots on the side of a box grater.
  • Medjool dates. These are the large, meaty dates that add a bit of sweetness to this salad. Look for pitted dates if you can.
  • Quinoa. Read how to cook perfect quinoa every time for the fluffiest grains.
  • Chickpeas. I love this brand of canned chickpeas. They're organic and so tasty.

close up on details of chickpea quiona salad with spinach and dates

Tahini-Turmeric Dressing

It's no secret that I love tahini. Especially in salad dressings and sauces. And this creamy, nutty dressing is just the right amount of sweet, savory, and spicy.

To bring out the delicious Moroccan flavor in this quinoa salad, this dressing is loaded up with warming spices:

  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon

If you like more or less spice, feel free to experiment with the amount of cayenne in the dressing. When you're mixing it, add just enough water to reach a pourable consistency. The quinoa will soak up a lot of the liquid (which is a good thing!) when you mix everything together.

Tip: make a big batch of this dressing and use it on Rainbow Veggie Mason Jar Salads for lunch!

two white bowls of spicy moroccan quinoa salad

Make-Ahead Quinoa Salad

You can easily prep this salad ahead of time. It will stay fresh (undressed) for up to three days in an airtight container. If you're worried about the spinach wilting, you can assemble everything other than the spinach and dressing, then toss the spinach in just before serving.

white bowl of moroccan chickpea and quinoa salad with carrots and dates

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If you make this Moroccan Quinoa Salad with Tahini-Turmeric Dressing, be sure to let me know what you think with a rating & review below!

10-Minute Spicy Moroccan Quinoa Salad

4.7 from 6 votes
This spicy and sweet Moroccan quiona salad includes spinach, dates, cashews, chickpeas and a delicious vegan tahini-turmeric dressing.
author: Alyssa
yield: 2 large or 4 small servings
two white bowls of spicy moroccan quinoa salad
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes


for the salad:

for the dressing


  • Add the spinach to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Prepare your other ingredients, starting with the carrots. Using a mandolin slicer, julienne peeler or a box grater to get long strips (about 1" long). Add these to the bowl.
  • Next, pit and chop the medjool dates into quarters (or a little smaller) and add them to the bowl.
  • Thinly slice the green onions, using both the white and green parts, and add those to the bowl as well.
  • Finally, add the remaining salad ingredients to the mixing bowl and set aside while you whip up the dressing.
  • Combine all dressing ingredients (minus water) into a bowl. Whisk together until incorporated and smooth. The dressing will be too thick here, so add just enough water so that it's pourable - start with 1/2 teaspoon and add in 1/2 teaspoon increments until you get the desired consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Gently toss the salad ingredients together to combine. Pour dressing over salad and toss again until everything is evenly coated.
  • Transfer to serving dishes, garnish with a few more green onions and enjoy!


Nutritional values are based on 2 large servings


Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 1358mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 11015IU | Vitamin C: 27.3mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 7.9mg
cuisine: Moroccan
course: Salad

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19 comments on “10-Minute Spicy Moroccan Quinoa Salad”

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  4. Loving the sound of this dressing & I just happen to have all the ingredients already so will try this dish tonight!

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    Marilyn Fiddis

    I made this and is simply delicous — I added some dried apricots too and all in all I will be making this again and often

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary

    My favorite use of quinoa is in salads and this one looks perfect; can’t wait to try it.

  7. OMG scrumptious. I love that you added dates. They add an incredible amount of flavor to any salad. Plus this is such an easy superfood lunch. Pinning!

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    Manila Spoon

    Love the spicy kick in your quinoa! Your tahini-turmeric dressing sounds heavenly for a lover of spices like me. 🙂

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    Food Done Light

    I love the flavors in this salad especially the salad. This could definitely be a meal all by itself.

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    Kristen (amindfullmom)

    Well you know how much I love quinoa and this dish looks like it will be perfect!