Popular for a reason, this authentic Moroccan carrot salad recipe comes together in just 10 minutes, using 4 simple fresh, raw ingredients: grated carrots, fresh orange juice, minced parsley and cinnamon. Like many other Moroccan salads, the side dish is a wonderful contrast to the traditional entree of a Moroccan tagine with lots of meat and bread.
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Salads are a staple in Moroccan cuisine. They're far from a 'diet meal' that people only order when they're making an effort to be healthy. You will find them served in a large variety with almost every meal, amongst a spread of other traditional Moroccan food.
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.
To make my Grandma's Moroccan Carrot Salad you will need:
- a few large carrots
- one super ripe orange
- some high quality cinnamon
- 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 in this vegan carrot recipe provide a wonderful contrast to the traditional entree of a tagine with lots of meat and bread.
Let's make the salad!
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!
Make Ahead Instructions
If you want to make this salad ahead of time, feel free to grate the carrots and prep all other ingredients.
Mix together the cinnamon, parsley, and orange juice to create the dressing and store separately.
Wait to combine everything until the day of, or night before and enjoy!
This authentic Moroccan salad makes delicious leftovers. The dressing infuses into the shredded carrots, resulting in even more flavor the next day.
I recommend storing in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.