Moroccan Carrot Salad with Harissa

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Author Notes: Classic Moroccan salad, zesty and tangy. It is best when you use not too spicy home made Harissa (Moroccan chili paste) and home made preserved lemons. But if you don't have the lemon you can cut a lemon with peel to small pieces and cook it for one minute in a little water in the microwave.Cordelia

Food52 Review: As Cordelia notes, this salad is all about tang and fragrance. It's one of those dishes that really wakes up your tongue: the garlic keeps on giving (in the best possible way); the harissa lends both sweetness and heat (you can control the latter by choosing a milder or more spicy harissa); and the perfume of the preserved lemon lingers after each bite. We love the plump little rounds of carrot, which grab onto just the right amount of dressing. And yes, it is even better the next day. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 8-10

  • 10 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons Harrisa
  • 4 tablespoons chopped preserved lemon (about one lemon)
  • 5 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • salt & pepper
  1. Cut the carrot to rounds about 1/2 cm thick.
  2. Boil 4 cups of water and add salt.
  3. Boil the carrot for 10 min until soft but still have some bite to it. Drain, let dry and cool.
  4. Mix the carrot with the rest of the ingredients and let it sit in the fridge at least over night.
  5. Before serving check and see if the salad needs more salt or vinegar.
  6. Serve at room temperature.
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over 1 year ago Ami

The recipe talks about home made harissa. Can anyone give me the recipe?


over 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

its on this site just do a search for the cooks name and/or harissa.


about 2 years ago Monsieur Seb

Could anyone give me an idea in weight of the amount of carrots needed? Ten carrots is really vague, depending on their size, innit?


about 2 years ago carswell

I've made a version of this for years - I got the recipe from a North African vegetarian cookbook. My version uses fresh lemon juice and parsley and finishes the salad by adding black olives. Mmmmmmm.


over 2 years ago Kalil Deb

Harissa is Tunisian of origin.


over 3 years ago aligthang

Made this with a mix of different colored carrots from my local farmer's market - was a bit suspicious of the preserved lemon but the overall taste was great: tart, spicy and fresh: http://epifurious.tumblr...


over 5 years ago kgaines

Tried this - had great luck with it. I was using a blend of beautiful orange and purple carrots, and in Shanghai, I haven't ever found the right ingredients for Harissa, so I substituted a chipotle in adobo. I also added some black mustard seeds that I fried up. A very nice recipe to play with! We ate it both as a salad and as a vegetarian pita stuffing with some feta cheese and lettuce. We'll definitely be making this again. Thanks Cordeliah!


over 5 years ago amelinda

Tried this, but substituted lemon zest and juice for the preserved lemon and vinegar - so delicious! I'm always looking for new ways to prepare carrots (one of my fiance's favorite veggies) and this is definitely a keeper (he finished off the batch immediately). Thanks!


almost 6 years ago pauljoseph

good recipe