Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad for #SundaySupper

 

I was thinking about how much my kitchen, pantry and I, myself, have changed since I started diving into food blogging. Prior to all of this when I was burning microwave popcorn, eating cereal for dinner (pre-marriage) and for a special night, heating up some Prego and tossing it with some spaghetti, I barely had anything in my fridge or my pantry. And my spice and herb rack was nonexistent. Really it was. I think I had salt, pepper and maybe some garlic salt and that was it. It was very sad to say the least.

 

I’ve come a long way since those days. .  and you can tell just from opening up my refrigerator, looking in my pantry and admiring my spice rack. I’m quite satisfied with it now. And my shopping habits have changed. Now, I get all kinds of giddy when I see pretty plates or cake stands. I love reading recipes and feel really happy and at peace when I’m flipping through Food & Wine or Cooking Light.

 

If I’m ever in a store that sells dishes, placemats, napkins, whatever, I always have to check out their sale items. .  and well, every aisle or display. So, needless to say, I  now own a lot of single plates, place mats and cloth napkins. If I had to set the dining room table for more than 4 people, beyond my standard white everyday use plates, I wouldn’t be able to do it without pulling out some mis-matched plates and placemats. .  wait, would that look cool?

 

And now I kind of know what I’m doing in the kitchen. I’m not burning much and it’s been fun thinking of different ways to enhance or improve recipes and creating some of my own. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner- can you believe it’s already October? What?!- I’m already starting to think about Thanksgiving dinner and trying some recipes. . . because I learned this lesson a while back. .  from my experience, it’s always to test your recipes beforehand and never make something you’ve never made before when you’re having special guests over. .  and God forbid, never ever ever try a recipe for the first time for Thanksgiving dinner. This is just me.

 

So, here’s a fabulous Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad to share. I might be whipping this one up for the big Turkey Day. .  The spices and roasted vegetables, for me, take this salad to a whole other level. This is not a salad. It’s beyond a salad. And I think it’s quite amazing.

 

If you like quinoa, I hope you give this one a try. I’m sharing this one today at #SundaySupper. Hope you enjoy!

 

Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad or Main
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large carrots, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water (for the quinoa)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 ounces mixed salad greens
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups black beans; drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a small bowl, whisk the paprika with the turmeric, cumin, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper if using, cardamom and 1 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper. In a medium bowl, toss the carrots with the sliced onion and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add 1 tablespoon of the spice mix and toss to coat. Spread the vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once, until tender.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa with 2 teaspoons of the spice mix and the vegetable broth (or water) and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 17 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and let cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of the oil with 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and season with salt and black pepper. Add the salad greens and toss to coat. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil with the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and the zest, dijon mustard and 1 teaspoon of the spice mix; season with salt. Add the quinoa, beans, and raisins and toss well.
  4. To plate: Spread the greens on a large platter. Spoon the quinoa salad on top of the greens and then add the roasted carrots and onions. Top with fresh parsley.

 

Recipe adapted from Food and Wine.

 

 

Sunday Supper

This week, Pam from The Meltaways is hosting an All Things Orange #SundaySupper on October 7th.  Just look at all of the fabulous dishes being offered up today!

 

Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)

 

High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)

 

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)

 

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color. All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.

 

Come hungry!

 

 

 

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89 Responses to "Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad for #SundaySupper"

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  1. Pam @ The Meltaways

    October 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Your salad looks amazing and so totally worth making for Thanksgiving – just stunning. Thank you so much for joining in this week!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Pam! :) Thank you for hosting!

      Reply
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  3. Sandi McKenna

    October 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I am always on the lookout for Quinoa recipes! Can’t wait to try this one!!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      I hope you do, Sandi. This one requires a lot of spices but is amazing!

      Reply
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  9. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    October 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I pretty much can relate to your whole post. A big difference this food blogging made in my life. I do have a bag of quinoa that I never used! Wonderful salad for the spring that we are enjoying here. I´m pinning this recipe. Have a great Sunday!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I love hearing people’s stories about how they started blogging and how it’s changed their lives. . Thank you, Paula! I do hope you try this recipe! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday too!

      Reply
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  12. Megan @Irun4Wine

    October 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    What a perfect fall recipe! Love it has quinoa in it!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you, Megan!

      Reply
  13. Patti

    October 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I have tried a few quinoa recipes, but nothing like this! Look delish!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Patti! I hope you give this one a try!

      Reply
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  19. Katie

    October 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This plate of food looks absolutely delicious! I definitely want to try it out…

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you, Katie! I hope you do! This recipe requires a lot of spices but it’s so worth it! Everything really tastes magical together!

      Reply
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  22. Sheila Fretz (@CookUnderwriter)

    October 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    This looks amazing and as long as you buy gluten free Quinoa, it’s gluten free!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Nice add!! Love that! Thank you!

      Reply
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  25. Anne @ Webicurean

    October 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    This sounds yummy! I don’t know what you mean about not testing new recipes on guests–I do that all the time! I think I’ve trained them to expect that now. O:-)

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Anne,
      Thank you! :)
      That was just from my experience. . I have only done that a few times and when I have, it hasn’t worked out well. . I should also add that that was back when my cooking skills weren’t that great so that probably has a lot to do with it!
      I do have friends and of course, my husband, that I test recipes with and cook for. . I guess I just meant for special occasions where you want to ensure everything turns out lovely! :)

      Reply
  26. Bea

    October 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    This looks simply fantastic! I will have to add it to our list :)

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Bea! I do hope you give this one a try!

      Reply
  27. Tara Noland

    October 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    That looks so different and so good. I could go for that right now!!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Tara!

      Reply
  28. Susan

    October 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    A beautiful dish! I love all the colors and seasonings you choose to use.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:33 am

      Thank you so much, Susan!

      Reply
  29. Carla

    October 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Hahahaha I totally share the single dish dilemma! Especially if I take pictures before I serve the food, so then I have 3 regular bowls and one special prop bowl because well why dirty another bowl LOL I had quinoa once. I don’t get the big deal over it, but this one sounds very flavorful with all of the spices and I love roasted carrots!!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:35 am

      Thank you, Carla! Hope you give this one a try! Quinoa, by itself, isn’t so great. . but when it’s mixed with other things. . can be pretty darn good! :)

      Reply
  30. Sarah

    October 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    It looks hearty and super healthy! Now I’m hungry again!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:35 am

      Haha, thank you Sarah!

      Reply
  31. Cindys Recipes

    October 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Love quinoa and this dish looks so pretty!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:36 am

      Thank you so much, Cindy!

      Reply
  32. Dara

    October 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    What a lovely salad! I love red quinoa in everything.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:36 am

      Thank you, Dara! This is the first time I’ve made red quinoa and I loved it! And it’s pretty too! :)

      Reply
  33. Heather @girlichef

    October 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    LOL, I have a plethora of mismatched plates, bowls, cups, and other dishes – and I use them all together. I love it!! I do have a few things that match, but for the most part I love the funkiness of putting them all together to see what I get – a different table setting every time!! ;) This salad sounds perfect for Fall, and the turkey day table!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Thank you, Heather! And yeah, I like the idea of having a table setting with unpredictable style!

      Reply
  34. Brandi @ TheHealthyFlavor.com

    October 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    That looks super delicious and right up my alley! I absolutely live on quinoa and those carrots look divine! Definitely making this!!!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Thank you, Brandi! Let me know how you like it!

      Reply
  35. The Wimpy Vegetarian

    October 8, 2012 at 12:56 am

    This looks amazingly good. I’m pinning it and making it this week. Love it. Also, I totally relate to the one of this and one of that. I have 2 plates of all kinds of colors and sizes, 2 napkins same thing, 2 placements same thing. I started looking at silverware thinking maybe I could get a couple of new fun spoons for photos…

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:40 am

      Awesome! Please let me know how you like it! Hey, 2 of everything is great! Maybe I should start doing that! :) I always tell the sales guy or whoever is ringing me up that I am a food blogger. . b/c otherwise I get looks like “why is she only buying ONE of everything?” :)

      Reply
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  37. Stephanie Zielinski

    October 8, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Huge Quinoa fan!!!! I am looking forward to making this!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:41 am

      Thank you, Stephanie!

      Reply
  38. Hezzi-D

    October 8, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Pretty! This looks wonderful! I love making creative salads.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:41 am

      Thank you so much! I really enjoyed this one!

      Reply
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  42. Kim Bee

    October 8, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I thought I was the only one who had lots of single plates and bowls. Lol. I love going in to stores looking for cute props.

    You’ve really made a beautiful dish here. Love the red quinoa with the carrots. Just looks so fresh and pretty.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 8, 2012 at 4:42 am

      Thank you so much, Kim! :) I really appreciate the comment!

      Reply
  43. Lyn @LovelyPantry

    October 8, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Quinoa is such a versatile grain! I love it! This salad looks quite lovely – certainly something that I would make :-) I have tons of single dishes, cups, bowls…I have a serious food prop problem! But its one that I’m happy to have lol – it makes me smile.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Thank you so much, Lyn! :)

      Reply
  44. Laura @ Family Spice

    October 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I love quinoa! I need to find some red quinoa, though. Your salad looks gorgeous!

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 10, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Thank you, Laura! I got mine from Trader Joe’s.

      Reply
  45. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    October 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    You’ve totally come a long way! I’m in constant awe of the fantastic, intricate, unique recipes you make. You’re a total kitchen rock star. And this salad is gorgeous and full of healthfulness (is that a word? My computer didn’t underline it in red so it must be!). I’ve been meaning to add more salads and healthy foods to my diet to combat all the baking so this is definitely on my must-made list.

    Reply
    • hipfoodiemom

      October 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Thank you so much, Nancy! I hope you like it! It was a little too healthy for the Hubs but he ate it anyway! :P

      Reply
  46. Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal

    October 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Lovely idea. Yeah, I hear you – now I’m more excited to shop for plates and love colors. And yes, sale/ clearance items apply most of the time. :)

    Reply
  47. diabeticFoodie

    October 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Loved hearing your story. I can totally relate to having 1 of everything :) The flavors in this salad are calling my name and I love new ideas for quinoa. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  48. sunithi

    October 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Love this ! So wholesome & healthy. Use quinoa , but never used the red variety. Now am tempted :) Thanks for sharing !

    Reply
  49. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    October 9, 2012 at 1:33 am

    What a great salad. I love quinoa, and am always looking for new ways to use it

    Reply
  50. Faye Leong

    October 9, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Love your roasted carrot and quinoa salad! You are really making full use of all your spices:D

    Reply
  51. Sarah

    October 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I actually wrote about the contents of my pantry in a post once. Like you, I only had salt(the iodized kind yuck!)and pepper in my single days. Now I have so many spices I don’t know where to fit them all. And I have so many mis matched plates and place settings. I couldn’t afford to buy the whole set let alone find a place to put them. I love quinoa but never had red quinoa. I’m putting on my list of foods to try. The salad looks so colorful and nutritious. I’m a dare devil myself and try out new recipes at holiday all the time. hee hee!

    Reply
  52. Audrey's Mamma

    October 11, 2012 at 4:23 am

    That is a beautiful looking dish. I have yet to try quinoa in a green salad and this may be just the recipe to do so.

    Reply
  53. chatteringkitchen

    October 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Have always wanted to try cooking with quinoa, now I know how. Thanks :)

    Reply
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  59. Erika

    January 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    YUM. Pinning right now. This looks so wholesome and yummy and perfect for my non-sugar, whole foods “diet” :)

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