Moroccan Carrot Noodle Salad with Golden Raisins, Goat Cheese and Harissa

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Moroccan Carrot Noodle Salad with Golden Raisins, Harissa and Goat Cheese

I feel like I’ve been on a bout of straight indulgence. In the last week’s there’s been a hash I ate all by myself for dinner, soft serve dripping with honey, my favorite burger in LA and don’t get me started on last week’s pimento cheese situation, which also transitioned into pimento cheese chilaquiles.

I need a reset button in form of some carrots. And probably a spin class because I mean, it’s been a little reckless over here. Straight reckless livin’.

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Golden Raisins, Harissa and Goat Cheese

I made this salad using my spiralizer, which I’m trying to use on other vegetables besides the traditional zucchini. I have to say that it spiralizes zucchini a bit easier than carrots. This definitely works against its super sharp blades but there was some definite muscling.

I found that if you are using a spiralizer, the thicker the carrot the better; it made it much easier.

If you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t worry about it. You absolutely don’t need it in this instance. A peeler or mandolin will do just fine.

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Golden Raisins, Harissa and Goat Cheese

After the debacle of cutting the carrots, the work is done for you. All of the ingredients (minus the cheese) are mixed together in one big serving bowl and then marinating for a bit.

Right before serving you can sprinkle the last of the almonds on top and drop little dots of goat cheese all over the salad. It’s a good mix of spicy, refreshing, filling (hello garbanzo beans!) and creamy.

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Golden Raisins, Harissa and Goat Cheese

Reset button situation!

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Golden Raisins, Harissa and Goat Cheese

Moroccan Carrot Noodle Salad with Golden Raisins, Goat Cheese and Harissa

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 4 (as an appetizer)

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 large peeled carrots, shaved, thinly sliced or spiralzied
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of garbanzo beans, washed and drained
  • Handful of flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • 5-6 mint leaves, minced
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon harissa (or to taste)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • Salt
  • Small handful of sliced almonds
  • Small handful of golden raisins
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Cut the carrots any way you like: using a box grater, a mandolin or a spiralizer. I used the spiralizer and it worked out great, but it's definitely not a must.
  2. I was a little psychotic and shucked the garbanzo beans and discarded the skins. I personally like garbanzo beans this way but feel free to skip this step completely. If you want to be psycho, proceed with shucking every single bean. It'll take you about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, add the carrots, garbanzo beans, flat-leaf parsley, mint leaves, juice from 2 lemons, harissa, garlic clove and a few pinches of salt; toss the entire salad together and allow to sit to marinate for 15 minutes. During this time the carrots will soften slightly. Give it a taste and adjust the salt to taste. I added an extra teaspoon of salt.
  4. Right before serving, mix in the almonds and golden raisins. Garnish the salad with extra sliced almonds on top and a dots of goat cheese.
http://acozykitchen.com/moroccan-carrot-noodle-salad/

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Marie @ Little Kitchie July 21, 2014 at 4:28 am

First of all, pimento cheese chilaquiles?! Mind. blown. But I would happily gobble up this salad instead… love the sound of these flavors!

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Adrianna Adarme July 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

I know, they were mind-blowing.

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molly yeh July 21, 2014 at 5:39 am

ooh i love the flavors happening here!! harissa = love. i’ve been looking for other veggies to spiralize, too! i’ve been making cucumber noodles like every day. yay, carrot noodles!

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Adrianna Adarme July 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

Oh! I need to try cucumbers. Have only done it with zucchini up until now. I bet cucumber is awesome.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan July 21, 2014 at 5:58 am

Super into this, all that goodness in one bowl!

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Todd July 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

Wow, I need to be hanging out with you!! Chilaquiles are my steeeeeez! And this salad… :)

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Meredith July 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

you make me wanna spiralize

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Adrianna Adarme July 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

That’s the nicest compliment. ;)

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Eileen July 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Hooray for salad! I love the contrast between the sweet, crunchy carrot and tart goat cheese. NOM.

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Thalia @ butter and brioche July 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm

this is a seriously good looking salad, love the carrot noodles. definitely something i will be trying.. love it!

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Hilary July 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

okay, so you blew my dessert mind with the ice cream. I was served recently ice cream with Baklava crushed on top, so NOW i’m thinking:
Phyllo Bowl.
Vanilla ice cream with that walnut deliciousness mixed into it
Topped with honey…
*droooooool*
(:

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) July 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

Love harissa! Love this! :)

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Stephanie July 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

Lovely!! I could use a re-set too after a bunch of dim sum, steak dinners, and brownie madness.

Spiralizing carrots makes me crazy unless I can find the really thick ones. I find I end up standing around eating the little core piece that comes out instead of working and lamenting my lack of spiralizing skills. haha

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