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Friday, March 5, 2021

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan Carrot Salad another delicious non-lettuce salad to enjoy. With good quality organic carrots available year-round making this salad is so easy! Feel free to adjust the spices listed to satisfy your own tastes. 

I am always on the lookout for a vegetable salad, always! Don't get me wrong, a lettuce-based salad is always a treat, but without a nice variety of non-lettuce salad, you might find yourself eating fewer vegetables than you need to...and yes you do need to eat your vegetables!


Building your meals around the seasonal vegetables available is the easiest thing to do. And some of the tastiest, like this Moroccan Carrot Salad. Lettuce-based salads are a relatively new offering. When folks grew their own food, greens including lettuce were primarily a late spring through summer offering. And because folks ate what they grew or bartered for, you ate and enjoyed lettuce-based salads. 

Easy and delicious Moroccan Carrot Salad.

But if you study older cookbooks, you will find that folks did not stop eating salads when the garden was put to rest for the year. They created salads from what they had on hand and ate well in the process. Now I will be honest and go on to say that some of the vegetable salad recipes I have come across do not peak my desire to make one. But so many others do! And why this Moroccan Carrot Salad found its way to my modern table. 


Years ago I took stock of our eating patterns, and I did not like what I saw. Not on our plates and certainly not in the mirror. I found myself planning meals that started with the desserts first. Not a good pattern at all. I made a promise to myself to begin eating more vegetables and treating dessert with the respect it deserves in our overall nutrition needs. 

Now our food pyramid contains the following, from the peaked top, to the broad bottom: 
  • Healthy fats
  • some organic sugar
  • natural sugars (maple, honey, molasses)
  • fruit
  • dairy
  • lots of vegetables
  • protein
  • whole-grain foods
I also like to serve something raw at each meal, and something naturally fermented at least a couple times a week. 


In addition, I like to study the food history and customs of other countries. In many ways, many of the countries with less modern conveniences eat better due to a lack of prepared packaged foods. My guess is, they eat out less often as well...I have gotten some great recipe ideas from this hobby of mine!


This Moroccan Carrot Salad deserves a spot at your table! It is delicious, with a touch of spicy fragrant cumin, bright with the lemon, and will go well with just about any meal you serve it with. Organic carrots are readily available year-round, I hope you give it and other non-lettuce salads a try and eat more veggies! They do a body good.  

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • carrots
  • flat-leaf parsley
  • garlic
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • salt 
  • ground cumin
  • cayenne pepper
  • sugar
You will also need the following:
  • vegetable peeler
  • kitchen knife
  • cutting board
  • grater or food processor 
  • medium-sized mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • small mixing bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • serving dish
Now we are ready to begin!

Make Moroccan Carrot Salad for your family dinner.

Moroccan Carrot Salad
inspired by: panning the globe

2 pounds carrots
3 - 4 T chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 c olive oil
1/3 c lemon juice
2 cloves garlic minced very fine
1 t salt
1 t ground cumin
1/16 t cayenne pepper 
1 T sugar

Peel and grate the carrots. 

Place the grated carrots and the chopped flat-leaf parsley into a medium-sized bowl, set aside. 

Give Moroccan Carrot Salad a try, organic carrots are readily available year-round!

In a small bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and sugar. Whisk until combined and the sugar is mostly dissolved. 

Simple preparation with a delicious flavor, Moroccan Carrot Salad.

Pour the dressing over the carrot mixture, toss gently until mixed. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. You may store the salad in the refrigerator for several days if desired. 

Storage options for Moroccan Carrot Salad. Covered this salad will last several days in the refrigerator, and like many salads, the flavor will mellow over time. I do not recommend freezing this salad...

UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Moroccan Carrot Salad has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Moroccan Carrot Salad
inspired by: panning the globe

2 pounds carrots
3 - 4 T chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 c olive oil
1/3 c lemon juice
2 cloves garlic minced very fine
1 t salt
1 t ground cumin
1/16 t cayenne pepper 
1 T sugar

Peel and grate the carrots. 

Place the grated carrots and the chopped flat-leaf parsley into a medium-sized bowl, set aside. 

In a small bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and sugar. Whisk until combined and the sugar is mostly dissolved. 

Pour the dressing over the carrot mixture, toss gently until mixed. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. You may store the salad in the refrigerator for several days if desired. 

Storage options for Moroccan Carrot Salad. Covered this salad will last several days in the refrigerator, and like many salads, the flavor will mellow over time. I do not recommend freezing this salad...

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  1. I love carrots and this salad sounds wonderful!

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    1. I really enjoy vegetable (non-lettuce) salads, they can be eaten year round, and this is bright and fresh tasting. Perfect with just about everything!

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  2. I love Moroccan style cooking and salads. This carrot salad sounds wonderful..

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    1. It is not too spicy, (our preference) but you could certainly amp it up if you like more spice. I think you will enjoy making this, especially since carrots are available year round. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. This salad looks delicious. And I can see it being delicious with a lamb backstrap with morrocan spices. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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    1. I agree and enjoyed it very much! It would also go well with a Tex-Mex theme with the cumin and cayenne.

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  4. This sounds great! I love Moroccan flavors, especially cumin. We just ate Moroccan Chicken from the slow cooker for Sunday dinner - chicken thighs, onions, and carrots and potatoes (I substituted butternut squash and sweet potatoes) all seasoned with the Moroccan spices.

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    1. I think you will enjoy this salad, thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. It's people like you and your amazing food that has made this party successful!! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Helen, you are welcome! I love sharing with What's For Dinner!

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  6. I loved the food we ate when we visited Morocco so I'm dying to try this salad recipe. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Party in Your PJs link party.

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    1. You are so welcome! I appreciate your kind words, have a great week ahead, and thanks for hosting Party in Your PJ's!

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  7. This is one of my favorite salad. Yummy!

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