Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dirt to Table Experience: Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

Did you know that the Moroccans brought carrot salad to Israel in the 1940's?   This dish became so popular that it is now a common dish served in Israel to celebrate the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. This salad is served to symbolize a sweet and fruitful year to come.

A blend of oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley or cilantro, cumin, salt, sweet paprika, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne makes for an easy to prepare, unique and flavorful carrot salad that is absolutely delicious.



Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad
Serves 4-6
Recipe from Epicurious


Ingredients:
1-lb. carrots coarsely grated (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Pinch of salt
About 1/2 teaspoon harissa (Northwestern African Chili Paste) 1 tablespoon minced green chiles or 1/4- 1/2  teaspoon of cayenne.

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients.  Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator  for at least 2-hours or up to 2-days to allow the flavors to meld and permeate the carrots.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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35 comments:

Sue/the view from great island said...

All those wonderful flavors --- goodbye coleslaw!

Rambling Tart said...

Delicious! :-) I grew up on carrot salad similar to this, only my Mum added raisins to it. :-)

Angie Schneider said...

We eat this kind of carrot salad all the time. I didn't use harissa, but tabasco sauce.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Beautiful and healthy too, what more could we ask of a salad.
Sam

Anna and Liz Recipes said...

Didn't know the history behind this carrot salad. It sounds amazingly delicious and healthy too!

Anna and Liz Recipes said...

Didn't know the history behind this carrot salad. It sounds amazingly delicious and healthy too!

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

I looked in the fridge earlier and noticed we have a lot of carrots in there. I was wondering what I should do with them. Problem solved!

Marie said...

This sounds wonderful and delicious . . . and healthy too. I have plenty of carrots in the fridge right now so I just may try this. Thanks for posting it! PInning it.

That Girl said...

I never thought about the fact this was brought to Israel via Morocco, but it's definitely something I'm familiar with.

Michelle said...

I have had different types of carrot salad before, but I like the sound of the spices in this one.

Claudia said...

Cinnamon! Must try this. I love carrot salads and it's fun to see the different herbs/spices in this one!

Monet said...

Gorgeous! Love carrots (and so does Lu). We will make this soon!

Catherine said...

A delicious and healthy salad to serve anytime. Blessings dear, Catherine

Nammi said...

wow , looks so fresh and delicious

From the Kitchen said...

We like carrot salad and have it often. Now I'm looking forward to spicing it up a bit with your recipe!!

Best.
Bonnie

Julie said...

What an interesting salad. I never make carrot salad, need to give this one a try!

The JR said...

I'd love to take a bite of that!

Ramona

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

A wonderful salad and all of the seasonings sound terrific!

Judit @Wine Dine Daily said...

Love carrot salad and yours looks very tasty!

suhaina aji said...

I love anything with Harissa in it..salad looks super inviting.

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Velva!
What an interesting Carrot Salad. Just perfect for National Salad Month which May happens to be:) The only kind of Carrot Salad I have ever made is the one with mayo and raisins. This Carrot Salad may just be my favorite. I really need to try it. It's just bursting with spicy goodness. Thank you so much for sharing, Velva...

Ann Jones said...

We are huge carrot fans in my house, my kids love them :) Your salad looks like a great summer treat!

Reeni Pisano said...

What a delicious sounding salad! I never know what to do with carrots and here's my answer! Happy weekend! :-)

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I didn't know that about carrot salad. But what I do know is that I love Moroccan flavors and I must try this soon. Thanks for the recipe Velva.

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

I made this, and it was delicious. I will definitely be making it again.

Rhodesia said...

I would love this, will give it a try. Have a good week Diane

Tina said...

Are you harvesting carrots now? We didn't get many pop up and actually haven't pulled any. It's a new experience for me!

Love this salad, It's pretty and festive, and I know it's a great addition to the table.

lisa is cooking said...

This salad is perfect for a picnic! And, I love all these flavors.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

ha! I gave my boys some matchstick carrots (that is what we call little carrot sticks:)) last night for dinner and I guess I didn't realize I had never given it to them before bc they gobbled them up and asking for more. the loved them and they were raw- no dressing or nothing so I know they would love your raw carrot salad seeing as how it has so much flavor!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I love this salad! Your version has more flavor than the one I have been using and I'm looking forward to trying this. Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables.

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Devon said...

Carrot salad is my favorite and I love learning about the development of new cuisines. Israel has such a blend of cultures

Marcie FlavortheMoments said...

The flavors in this salad sound delicious! This would be such a great side dish to liven up any grilled meat.

Beth said...

I love Moroccan flavours - this salad looks terrific!

Bill said...

I love carrots in any form and your recipe has inspired me! Such a great combination of flavors, Velva! Gotta try this one. Great post!

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