Moroccan Carrot Salad by Way of Israel

By kmartinelli
February 27, 2011
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Author Notes: First off, I love carrots and I love this challenge. When I was a baby I ate so much carrot baby food I turned orange. So expect to see a few recipes from me this week... We'll see if I gain an orange hue.

This recipe is a homage to my new home. Yes, it is Moroccan in origin, but Moroccan Carrot Salad is an integral part of the Israeli mezze spread and is served in homes and restaurants across the country. The dish varies from piquant to unbearably fiery so adjust to suit your taste. This is a fairly mild rendition. Red chili flakes could also be another source of heat.

This dish is typically served cold or room temperature, and only gets better with age, so it's the perfect make ahead side or starter. Really it's best with an array of other dishes that make up a mezze, like baba ghanouj, hummus, tahina dip, and Turkish salad (a red sauce-like dip).

Serves: 4 to 6 as a side/appetizer/mezze
Prep time: 1 hrs 20 min
Cook time: 10 min

  • 6 carrots, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoons hot paprika
  • ¼ cups chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon harissa or chopped chili pepper (optional, more to taste)
  • 1 pinch salt, more to taste
  1. Cook the carrots in boiling water until just tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the carrots and rinse under cold water. Slice on a bias into thin coin-shaped slices.
  3. Mix together the garlic, chili powder, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, parsley, and harissa (if using) and toss with the sliced carrots. Season with salt.
  4. Let stand at room temperature or in the fridge at least 1 hour, or in the fridge up to 2 days (the carrots will only get more flavorful with time). Serve cold or at room temperature.

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