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Quick and Simple Moroccan Salads

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Moroccan salads are fresh and refreshing, and so simple to make they hardly need a recipe.

Moroccan food is based on fresh produce and spices making them delicious, flavorful and healthy. Fresh salads come in many varieties in Morocco. Some salads are cooked, served warm and get scooped up with crusty bread. Others are fresh chopped ingredients served cold.

They’re all very simple to make and don’t require any out-of-the-way ingredients, but will add an excellent twist to your every day fare. For best results, use only fresh ingredients to prepare the salads and not dried herbs and bottled lemon juice. The extra effort makes all the difference in taste and authenticity.

Moroccans often serve multiple salads arranged on a plate and placed in the center of a table to eat communally. Alternate the salads around the plate so everyone can get a taste of each one. Serve with fresh, crusty bread for scooping up the salads the Moroccan way.

Moroccan Tomato & Onion Salad

Ingredients

2 ripe tomatoes

1 small red onion

1 tablespoon parsley

1 tablespoon good olive oil

Salt to taste

Directions

Cut and seed the tomatoes. Dice the tomatoes into small pieces to make them easy to scoop up. Finely chop the red onion and parsley and add to the tomato. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and mix well. This salad tastes best when left to set for half an hour and served at room temperature.

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Ingredients

4 large organic carrots

1 teaspoon fresh ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika (optional)

1 tablespoon parsley

½ fresh lemon

2-3 tablespoons good olive oil

Salt to taste

Directions

Peel and cut carrots into a bite-sized dice or round slices. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook carrots until tender, but still have a little crisp to the bite. Drain carrots and allow to cool just slightly. Chop parsley and dress carrots with parsley, spices, lemon juice and olive oil. Salt to taste and allow flavors to develop for up to two hours before serving. This salad is best served cool or at room temperature.

Orange Salad

Morocco is famous for its sweet and juicy oranges, and orange salad is a great way to serve a fresh fruit dessert, especially in the Spring.

Ingredients

2-3 oranges, any variety

Powdered sugar

Cinnamon

Directions

Cut away rind and pith of oranges. Slice them across in about ½ inch slices. Arrange them laying flat on a plate. Use a fine sieve to dust them with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Some variations of the salad include sprinkling the oranges with rose-water or honey and topping with pomegranate arils.

See how easy it is to impress your family and dinner guests with exotic Moroccan salads that are so simple to make?

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