This flavor-packed Moroccan carrot salad in an avocado bowl is delicious and visually stunning!
Despite our best efforts to extend the weekend, Monday has come around again somehow. Whomp whomp. Unfortunately, this Monday is even less fun for me, since I have to go back to school! In fact, I am probably sitting in school as you read this. I’d rather be at home, cooking — like I was last week! Who else went back to school this week?
While I’m not excited to suffer my crushing workload this year (hello to five AP classes!), I am VERY excited for most of the next three months! I like to call the period between August and November “the Busy Season” because I spend pretty much every waking moment at school, band, cross-country, or my house (doing homework, duh). I typically have the most breakdowns and crying fits during this season (probably due to a combination of sleep deprivation and stress), but they’re all worth it . . . for the most part. My love for/obsession with marching band and cross-country
kind of completely takes over my life during this season.
Since I’m out and about for almost twelve hours a day, five-six days per week, I eat a LOT of food. I’ve been known to carry sweet potatoes with me on the marching field during rehearsal . . . but in my defense, I had rehearsal right after cross-country — I was hungry! My typical day goes something like this: band/school/running/homework/sometimes more band* –> HUNGRY ME –> gets home and eats allllll the food . . . and not just any food — healthy, nourishing food!
*Hooray for after school rehearsals!
A salad, despite popular misconceptions, can be one of the most nourishing meals possible. A bed of greens provides vitamins, and the addition of proteins, carbs, and fats makes it a complete meal. Sure, salads can be boring — but this Moroccan carrot salad in an avocado bowl is anything but!
Ever since I saw this amazing poke bowl by The Avocado Show on Instagram, I knew I had to recreate it at home. The idea of using an avocado as an edible bowl is pure genius! It’s like an avo rose, but it’s a bit more spread-out.
I’m not a poke fan, so I came up with a different flavor profile for this salad. I filled my avocado bowl with Moroccan-spiced carrots, spinach, and dates! As I mentioned in this post, I featured pistachios as a crunchy topping. To finish, I dressed the salad with a spicy orange vinaigrette.
The combination of flavors and textures in this salad is perfect. Personally, I think that a good salad is just as dependent on texture as it is on flavor. The soft carrots pair perfectly with the chewy dates, crunchy pistachios, and creamy avocado. Then, while you’re chewing up the delicious (nourishing) vegetables, the spicy-sweet orange chili vinaigrette hits your tastebuds with a big punch of flavor! The fragrant, harissa-coated carrots mishmash perfectly with the crunchy/chewy toppings and the tangy vinaigrette. OH YEAH, and it’s all encased in a gorgeous, healthy bowl made of avocado. AVOCADO!!!Try serving your salad in an AVOCADO BOWL today! It's #paleo and #vegan, too! Click To Tweet
Guys. You need to make this.
In case my expressive sensory description wasn’t enough to convince you to make this, here’s a list of words that describe this salad. (Like I mentioned in this post, we always have to list the “frees.” It’s kind of our thing.)
This incredible Moroccan Carrot Salad in an Avocado Bowl is
Paleo (meaning it’s gluten-free, grain-free dairy-free, legume-free, soy-free, nastiness-free)
Satisfying and filling
Totally customizable! You can add your choice of protein . . . think seasoned chicken OR seasoned chickpeas/tofu to align with any diet. Fried eggs would also be delicious!
The most impressive-looking (yet simultaneously EASY) salad you will ever make
Positively swimming with flavors, textures, and general yumminess
The only drawback to this moroccan carrot salad in an avocado bowl is the fact that it doesn’t pack well. If I were you, I would enjoy it in the comfort of your own home . . . so the bowl doesn’t fall apart while you travel. (Trust me, I speak from experience.) If you would like to pack it with you, just dice up some avocado instead of making a bowl out of it.
But if you can, make the bowl. It’s not nearly as hard as it seems. Look, I even made a tutorial for you!
If I can do it, you can do it.