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Carrot Raisin Quinoa Salad

Carrot Raisin Quinoa Salad is a great nutty salad to pair with grilled chicken or fish, or as a light meal on it’s own.

Carrot Raisin Quinoa Salad | Aggie's Kitchen

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged and I have to be honest, it feels a bit awkward writing this post. Truth is, I’m suffering from blog burnout, and after just about 6 years of blogging, something I’ve experienced a couple times. This time feels different though. In my past burnouts I found myself come out of it by looking for inspiration in the kitchen (I wrote a little post about it here a couple of years ago). Right now though, life with 3 kids is just completely full and taking over and I’m in full on survival mode. Cooking has become pushed aside as more of a chore and something I am doing as a necessity, not as a pleasurable activity. My meals are simply thrown together with the priority being quick, nutritious and as effortless as possible (and the less clean up the better). The thought of pulling out a camera during the chaos called dinnertime makes me cringe, and finding the time to write a post is just getting harder and harder. There are just a million other things I’d rather be doing lately, none of them include being on my laptop (except going through my “to print” photos that are piling up at a ridiculous pace – oy vay).  :):)

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This is real life. I have 2 busy kids finishing up their school year and a 7 month old who is busy exploring his new world. I’m totally embracing it people. (well, trying to 😉 )

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Just when I thought I may never make anything worthy of a blog post ever again…an impromptu late afternoon nap happened while the kids were outside playing with their friends yesterday. I needed to use up what I had to serve alongside some simply broiled salmon for dinner. This came together during that short little nap, and I loved it, as did my husband. It’s a perfect summer quinoa salad, one that I will surely be making again.

Carrot Raisin Quinoa Salad | Aggie's Kitchen

Until next time my friends… xoxo

Print Recipe

Carrot Raisin Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • big pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to directions, set aside and cool.
  2. In a large bowl combine cooled quinoa with carrots, raisins, nuts and seeds.
  3. In a small jar combine lime juice, olive oil, honey, paprika, salt and pepper and shake well.
  4. Add vinaigrette to quinoa salad and toss to combine. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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24 Responses to “Carrot Raisin Quinoa Salad”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted May 14, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Oh man I hear you girl. You are an inspiration as you juggle it all!! And I only have TWO kids! Can’t wait to SEE you in real life this weekend! You are the reason I’m so glad I blog. xoxo

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

      It was so great to see you in real life 🙂 I am missing you already!! xo

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted May 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    This salad looks great! Perfect for lunch!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Katrina!

  3. Gaby posted May 14, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Love that the carrots and raisins add a brit of sweetness to the quinoa, just perfect with salmon!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

      It went perfectly with salmon!!

  4. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted May 15, 2014 at 12:09 am

    It’s nice to know it’s not just me. I can’t imagine how you do it with 3 kids, especially a 7 month old. We will cherish each new post, while imagining just how full your metaphorical plate is! This salad looks delicious and very healthy and super easy, which is about the only combination of things that makes it to my “to make” list these days…well, that and cookies 😉

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Thank you so much Lindsey…this salad really is good, I actually made it again yesterday and am looking forward to it for dinner along with some fish again tonight! 🙂 Let me know if you try it!

  5. Joshua Hampton posted May 15, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I know how you feel. As a full-time parent, I find it can be difficult to juggle everything. Looks like you’re doing beautifully, though. And this quinoa salad looks terrific.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Some days are definitely harder than others to manage it all…thanks for your kind words and understanding Joshua. I really appreciate it. Have a great week!

  6. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted May 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Your words are EXACTLY what I would expect to hear from a mom of young kids who is trying to do this crazy blogging thing. I didn’t start blogging until my youngest boys were in high school and I marvel at how those of you with young ones manage. I do know, though, that once you start blogging, it’s nearly impossible to stop. I see everything I cook in step-by-step photos in my head (whether I’m taking them or not!). The bug will continue to bite you – I’m sure of that. It’s obvious to me that you have your priorities straight and this will benefit you and your family AND your blog, eventually. I hope the trip to Miami gave you a much needed break 🙂

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

      It really is hard to stop…blogging is in my blood now 🙂 I am learning to roll with the seasons of life when it comes to blogging, I look back at old posts and I am reminded that I’ve survived plenty of busy seasons. I really appreciate your comment Valerie, it was exactly what I needed to read. And the getaway to Miami helped too 😉

  7. Danielle @ ENJI Daily posted May 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I hope life takes a turn for the easier once the kids are out of school. I so enjoy your recipes and don’t mind waiting to see a new one like this appear! Hang in there, take care. Can’t wait to try this gorgeous salad.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Thank you so much for your note Danielle, I appreciate it!! I think the freedom of summer might actually make things easier…and it’s my favorite “food season” too so that helps 🙂 Have a great week!

  8. natalie@thesweetslife posted May 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    don’t feel at all bad–just blog when you can (or not at all!) I totally put unnecessary pressure on myself which is just silly…I’ve let a lot of that go now that Brecken is here because I’d much rather spend time with her! 🙂

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

      I totally agree Natalie…I’ve always blogged “whenever” and never felt like I needed to be on a schedule. I think the past year I got myself more on a schedule and became more consistent so it’s been a bit of a change for me again. The pressure IS silly!

  9. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer posted May 20, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Love this post and recipe, Aggie. Looks fabulous. Love carrots lately, been eating a lot of them. 🙂

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

      I’ve been buying carrots in bulk to make for Micah’s baby food…and am finding myself eating more and more myself. I love them shredded fresh into a salad! I think you would love this quinoa one. Thanks Sandy xoxo

  10. Amy @Very Culinary posted May 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I’m so behind. Obviously, since I’m just now reading this. Just opening my Feedly in the morning now is making me feel overwhelmed. I think the whole being a SAHM and working…the “we can do/have it all!”… mind set, is b.s. Something suffers. I’m right there with you. Minus the 3rd child, but definitely feeling the burn out. Blogging has started to feel like a machine :/

  11. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily posted May 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I know what you mean! I have 4 kids and a crazy busy life so I only blog when I want to now instead of when I feel like I should or have to. I love this salad and your blog 😉

  12. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted May 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I hear you, girl. Every day I watch my kids grow bigger and bigger, and I want to be there for all of it. Not just be there. I want to BE THERE. Present and involved and wrapped up in them. You’re juggling alot right now. Don’t be too hard on yourself, give yourself some grace…enjoy your kiddos! (And please pass the salad!) xoxo

  13. matt posted August 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve been buying carrots in bulk to make soups and organic meals for years.
    I love them cut into fresh squares and put into a salad! Everyone should try this some time. 🙂

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