Today we're making a popular Moroccan Carrot Salad that's vegan, gluten free and requires only 4 ingredients.
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In Morocco, salad is a normal part of every day. It's not a taboo meal that people only order when they're on a diet. Salads are a staple in the Moroccan culture. Served in a large variety with almost every meal.
It's not uncommon to find 3-4 different salads surrounding an entree at any given meal.
This particular salad is one of my favorites because of the way it celebrates carrots. With only 4 simple ingredients, it highlights the sweet aromatic flavor of the vegetable in a special way.
I love the flavors in this salad so much, I made them into a dessert! You can check out my salad-inspired carrot cake cupcakes here.
What you'll need / why these flavors work
To make my Grandma's Moroccan Carrot Salad you will need a few large carrots, one super ripe orange, some high quality cinnamon and finely minced parsley.
When these fresh, raw ingredients are mixed together with cinnamon, they create an experience that acts as somewhat of a palate cleanser.
Like many other Moroccan salads, the fresh, raw ingredients provide a wonderful contrast to the traditional entree of a tagine with lots of meat and bread.
Let's make the salad!
Once you've got all your deliciously vegan ingredients out on your counter and ready to get introduced to one another, it's go time.
Start by rinsing, trimming and shredding your carrots (more on that below) into a medium sized bowl.
From there, it's as easy as sprinkling on some cinnamon, minced parsley and a generous squeeze of orange juice. Mix things together and voila! You've just made my Moroccan carrot salad.
Enjoy this deliciously sweet veggie dish as an appetizer or accompaniment to any of these rocking Moroccan recipes:
How to shred carrots
I'm sure by now you've already thought of a few ways to achieve those perfectly grated carrot shreds. There are truly endless ways to get the job done; to name a few:
- in a blender/food processor
- with a peeler
- using a mandolin
The methods above and any others (and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few) all work great! If that's what you've got, use it.
That said, I have to share my personal favorite trick for shredding veggies. Using a box cheese grater.
Because carrots are so firm and hold their integrity better than your average block of cheese, these two are a match made in heaven.
Watch as your carrots glide through the box grater into perfect shreds in a matter of seconds. Just be careful not to cut yourself!