There are so many ways to serve this zesty salad, at a family dinner, for a quick single lunch or a party with friends!
Freshness, a few oriental spiced ingredients, great simplicity bring in an array of flavors from North African cuisine!
The title is in French, as, I do not know why, this is the real name of a classic French hors-d’oeuvre, served in soooo many restaurants and prepared so very often in all households in France, generally with a mustardy vinaigrette. The really beauty of the dish should consist in how finely you grate the carrots, the thinner the better.
It’s hard work, I know, so for this time, being my first course for a no- fuss Moroccan inspired get together, I went a little lazy and prepared it with store bought grated carrots, as I was late and in hurry, finally adding a zesty kick with few personal touches! Spice it up as you like it!
Ingredients: Serves 8
- 8 carrots grated as thin as possible or 8 to 10 cups of grated carrots (1 cup per person)
- 3 garlic gloves, minced thin
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 lemons juiced
- 1 orange or mineolas mandarine juiced
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 to 2 teaspoons ground pepper
- pinch of sugar
- fresh flat parsley, or mint or cilantro leaves chopped thin
- handful golden raisins (optional)
How you make it:
- Peel and grate 8 large carrots. Place it in large bowl, chop the parsley, add to the carrots, reserve leaves some for garnish.
- In a second medium bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juices, orange juice,coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, whisk well.
- Toss the dressing with carrots, mix very well using 2 spoons, (in France is sometimes mixed with clean hands to keep the carrots as fluffy as possible).Cover with plastic wrap, place it into refrigerator, remove just 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with golden raisins, garlic hummus and pita chips…