Moroccan Carrot Salad (Parve)

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Miri Rotkovitz

Ratings (10)
  • Total: 23 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 Portions (2-4 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
203 Calories
8g Fat
33g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2-4 Portions (2-4 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 203
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Protein 4g
Calcium 138mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

"Carrots flavored with cumin and garlic are a classic dish in Morocco. Whenever I want to add a colorful and flavorful side salad to a meal," says Giora Shimoni, "I find this Moroccan carrot salad does the trick."

Serving a crowd? This recipe is easily doubled or tripled.

In Morocco, a mix of sweet and hot paprika is traditionally used in this recipe. Smoked paprika, though not typically used, is also a delicious addition. 

Though this salad is usually made with orange carrots, colorful heirloom carrots are a nice choice, too. They'll lose some of their characteristic vibrancy when boiled, but they still make for an eye-catching presentation!

Make it a meal by serving this carrot salad alongside this simple lemon herb baked halibut, delectable green beans with pecans and date syrup, and roasted potatoes or this quinoa and arugula salad. Offer chocolate hazelnut stuffed dates or pomegranate granita for dessert. 

Or, for a simple vegetarian meal, use the carrot salad to add color and piquant flavor to a rice or grain bowl. Cook up a pot of quinoa with black beans, corn, and zucchini. Spoon the mixture into bowls, and top with cubes of sweet ginger tofu and Moroccan carrots. Sliced avocado and hot sauce would be great toppers. Not only is this a great, no-fuss meal for Meatless Mondays or busy weeknights, but it's also perfect for packing if you carry a lunch to work or school!

Edited by Miri Rotkovitz

Ingredients

  • 6 to 7 carrots (peeled, trimmed, and sliced into rounds)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Sea salt or kosher salt and pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 to 2 cups of salted water to a boil. Add the carrot slices to the pot. Simmer for 6 to 8 minutes, or until tender but not mushy.

  2. Transfer the carrots to a colander. Drain and rinse under cold running water to stop the sooking process. Transfer to a serving bowl.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, and paprika.  Pour the dressing over carrots and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve warm or chilled. 

Recipe Variation

  • Add 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves. Cilantro is the leaf of the young coriander plant and tastes like a mix of parsley and citrus.