Moroccan inspired n°1 – La salade de Carottes Rapees à la Marocaine – Grated carrots salad Moroccan style

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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:

  1. Peel and grate 8 large carrots. Place it in large bowl, chop the parsley, add to the  carrots, reserve  leaves some for garnish.
  2. In a second medium bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juices, orange juice,coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, whisk well.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve with golden raisins, garlic hummus and pita chips…
Fresh, simple and divine!!

One comment on “Moroccan inspired n°1 – La salade de Carottes Rapees à la Marocaine – Grated carrots salad Moroccan style

  1. Looks yummy. So much healthier than what my Grandmother used to make!

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