Moroccan Orange Salad with Quinoa

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Moroccan salad of oranges and kalamata olives dressed in a spicy vinaigrette. Add peppery arugula and quinoa for a vegetarian main dish.

Moroccan Orange Salad

The topic for this month’s Bloghop is Citrus, which is a perfect theme for this time of year for two big reasons.

First, because I’m ready for lots of fruits and veggies after the holidays. I should add, that doesn’t mean I won’t be posting some citrus desserts this month, just that I’m not starting with one.

And second, because citrus is at it’s peak all over the country right now. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes are the most common, and are at their sweetest, juiciest, and most nutritious this time of year. Best of all, now we also see mandarin oranges, tangerines, kumquats, Buddha’s hand, Meyer lemons, pomelos (a citrus fruit bearing a sweet, mild grapefruit flavor), and tangelos (a cross between a tangerine and a pomelo) popping up at the stores. If you’ve been aching to experiment with citrus, this is the time to strike the match of citrus creativity.

Nutrition Note: We all know citrus is loaded with vitamin C and other nutrients that are good for you, but here’s something you might not know: when adding citrus to nutritious greens, the citrus makes the good stuff from the greens more bioavailable. It’s one of those magical food combinations of 1 + 1 = 3.  So anytime you’re choosing some kale, swiss chard, or collards, think about adding some citrus to the mix.


Moroccan Orange Salad

Cook’s Notes:

  • Moroccan Orange Salad is a spicy salad that typically stars oranges and kalamata olives. But since I wanted to use this as a main dish, I included some greens and a grain. I chose fresh arugula, which goes great with the spicy flavors of this salad. And I used some cooked quinoa that I had in my refrigerator, which is a great match for anything citrus. I consider cooked grains to be one of my Pantry Items I keep in the refrigerator, making it easy to add to salads or veggie dishes for some protein.
  • Navel oranges are great in this salad as they’re seedless, but you can use other seedless citrus in the same family.
  • Since cooked quinoa is part of My Pantry, I have linked this ingredient to the recipe I use for cooking quinoa grain in My Pantry tab.
  • There are two ways to serve this healthy salad: cut the oranges into bite-sized pieces and add to the salad; or slice into 1/4″ slabs. Lay the slabs on a plate and drizzle with some of the dressing. Heap the dressed salad on top of the orange slices.


  • 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika (I use Pimenton de la Vera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large navel oranges
  • 4 handfuls arugula (enough for two servings)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and slivered
  • 20 kalamata olives, halved
  • 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • zest of 1 large lime
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Making It…

  1. Make the dressing by whisking together the sherry wine vinegar, orange juice and spices until spices are dissolved. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. Set aside.
  2. Slice off the top and bottom of the oranges. Setting them on their flat bottoms, carefully slice away the peel and pith, leaving the fruit completely intact. Slice the whole, peeled, oranges horizontally in 1/4″ slices. Slice into bite-sized pieces if desired.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the arugula, cooked quinoa, olives, shallot, mint leaves and lime zest. Add the orange slices and drizzle 1/2 the dressing over the mixture. Toss and add remaining dressing as desired.
  4. Heap on a plate and top with the feta cheese.

As I mentioned in my opener, I’m part of bloghop, where the food blog community connects with other blogs to share recipes and spread the love. This month, January is #citruslove month!

You’re more than welcome to join us in #citruslove fun by simply adding your recipe at the end of this bloghop!  Be sure to link back to this post, so that your readers know to stop by the #citruslove event!  The twitter hashtag is #citruslove. Here are my co-hosts for this bloghop this month! Go check out what they’re cooking citrus!

Astig Vegan ~ Richgail ~ @AstigVegan
Oh Cake ~ Jessica ~ @jesshose


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  1. Rosemary January 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    This photo makes my mouth water! Moroccan Orange Salad will be on my table this week for sure!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Thanks Rosemary! It’s really one of my favorite salads this time of year. I hope you like it too! Bought beets yesterday to make your beet salad I found on your blog. Can’t wait!

      • Rosemary January 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

        I really did make your salad last week! Love the olives with orange and quinoa.
        As soon as I have time I’ll try to post a citruslove recipe.

        • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

          Hey – I’m so glad you liked it! I keep making it here for lunch – it just so easy. I would love to see a citruslove recipe from you on the panel!!

  2. LiztheChef January 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Oh gosh, I am planning to enter – guess I should have signed up to host…Susan, your recipe and photos absolutely sparkle. Brava re the new camera – I need a big nudge to order mine! Lovely post.

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      You are the Meyer Lemon Queen!!!! You HAVE to post something, girlfriend! Really looking forward to seeing what you post!!

  3. Georgie January 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    WOW, your salad looks incredibly refreshing and so good! Happy New Year & enjoy the #citruslove!

  4. EA-The Spicy RD January 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    This is a gorgeous salad, and I love how you turned it into a main dish with quinoa and arugala! I’m imagining cara cara oranges in the salad…fabulous :-) So happy to be hosting another lovely bloghop with you!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Cara cara oranges would be wonderful in this!! Thanks for stopping by – #citruslove back to you too!!

  5. Carol Sacks January 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Susan, this recipe looks so fresh and tasty. Such a thoughtful mix of flavors and textures — and I’m grain-crazy these days. I look forward to trying it soon.

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      Hey thanks, Carol! Me too – I’m loving grains and greens this time of year. I think it’s driving my husband a little crazy, but he’s mostly ok with it as long as I throw down a beautiful steak on his plate :-)

  6. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more January 9, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    Looks great!

  7. Soni January 9, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    Lovely recipe!Such a coincidence that we along with Lisa had similar ideas.Great fun to be hosting this with you :)Happy Citruslove!

  8. foodwanderings January 9, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    Wow I;ve got all the ingredients I might make this salad for meatless mondays today. looks delicious and nice meeting yout hrough the blog hop

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 9:52 am #

      This would be perfect for a meatless monday dish! Hope you like it too. And lots of #citruslove back to you!

  9. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 9, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    The flavors combination here is so unique – I can’t wait to try it! Sweet and spicy is my favorite profile.

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks so much, Laura. I love that flavor combo too. I hope you like it – I’m making it again today. I just felt so good all day after having it :-)

  10. Rita Held January 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Yumm, Susan. This will make me dig out a recipe I developed years ago: Moroccan Orange & Date Salad. Has some classic North African ingredients. In addition to oranges, there’s dates, pistachios and a dressing laced with ground cumin. Our recipes are perfect for this time of year!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      Dates!! How perfect. And if I weren’t allergic to nuts, I would hop on the pistachios too. I’ve got some dates and will add them to the salad I make today! Thanks, Rita – and you’re right, these are the flavors that really work this time of year! I’ll be looking for your recipe on your blog now! Thanks for stopping by :-)

  11. juniakk @ mis pensamientos January 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    i LOVE the idea of tossing quinoa with orange! i was going to do a grapefruit quinoa salad but changed my mind. i love clean, healthy meals! j

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Thanks juniakk! This time of year, I crave salads almost more than I do in the summer, especially salads with grains. I would love to see your quinoa salad with grapefruit sometime. I did one a few years ago with grapefruit and oranges and I just loved it!

  12. Richgail January 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I’ve got to try more quinoa in my recipes, maybe I should start with this one. Thanks for sharing!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      I feel the same way, and have found quinoa to be an easy thing to add to a salad to make it a main event instead of a side salad. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Laura @ The Art of Cooking Real Food January 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    This looks so fantastic! I love everything in it, but I never would have thought to put them all together in one dish – can’t wait to try it!

  14. Bevi January 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I stayed in Southern California this past week, and a Meyer lemon tree was in our backyard. Needless to say, every dish had a Meyer lemon in it – from Shrimp a la Bittman, to a tuna salad we ate for lunch every day! The first recipe I posted on food52 is chicken baked in citrus juices. This is so exciting!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

      I love citrus, and how wonderful to have a Meyer lemon tree in your backyard – even if it was only for this past week – LiztheChef has one and I’m just green with envy! Hope to hook up at FFS!

  15. Richa@HobbyandMore January 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    i love everything about this salad, the olives, the spice, quinoa, mint and fresh citrusy goodness! colorfully gorgeous!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      Thanks so much Richa!! I hope you have a chance to try it – and really hope you like it as much as we did :-)

  16. Cindy January 12, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Coming back to visit this recipe again, love it! Following you on FB. Thanks for dropping by the other day!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      Wonderful!! Thanks so much. I loved going through your blog – there are so many things of yours I’d love to try. Hope you have a chance to try it soon :-)

  17. Sharyn Dimmick January 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    So many things I like in this salad: arugula, oranges, mint, feta, olives. Salads of oranges and greens are so refreshing in January.

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      Thanks Sharyn!! It’s so perfect after all the heavier fare and desserts of the holidays, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by!!

  18. Lisa January 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    I love sweet, salty and savory in a salad. It’s gorgeous, and the addition of quinoa makes it even better and so healthy! Nice to meet your blog and c-host #citruslove with you!

  19. bakingaddict January 13, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    This looks delicious and healthy! Love the vibrant colours too :) its been fun co-hosting #citruslove with you :)

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 13, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      Thanks and thanks for stopping by! I love your lemon whoopie pies!!! Very fun co-hosting #citruslove with you too :-)

  20. Terra January 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Love the addition of the kalamata olives, that is so unique! My husband and I just watched a cooking show where they incorporated the quinoa in a lovely salad, sounds so healthy, and delicous! your salad looks wonderful! Hugs, Terra

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      Thanks so much Terra! I really appreciate it. I like to keep some cooked quinoa or cooked farro in the refrigerator so that it’s easy to add to various dishes for a little protein :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  21. mjskit January 19, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I love everything about this salad! It is definitely a healthy full meal and sounds extremely tasty! I didn’t know that moroccan orange salad was oranges and Kalamatas. Interesting because I love that combination! Thanks for co-hosting the citrus hop!

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      Paula Wolffert has some great recipes in her Moroccan food portfolio that you might want to check out! I love this combination too. Thanks so much for stopping by!! Sending you #citruslove!


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