Moroccan Carrot Salad

This easy Moroccan Carrot Salad is so delicious and full of flavor! You can whip it up in no time and it’s perfect for meal prep or a crowd!

Moroccan Carrot Salad_Natalie Paramore

This isn’t just any regular carrot salad. Well, not that there actually is a regular carrot salad. This is a cool carrot salad. And by cool, I mean totally packed with fresh flavor. It’s the kind of dish I like to make when people say they don’t eat vegetables because of all the fresh, herby flavors and carrots are such an easy veggie to convince people to try. Not to mention, this side salad is easy to make ahead of time, so it’s perfect for meal prep and to make for a crowd!

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Inspiration for Moroccan Food Recipes

Ever since BMW and I took a trip to Tangier, Morocco, I’ve been inspired by the flavors and colors of their food! Many dishes are vegetarian, so obviously veggies get the star treatment in Moroccan food, showing off how diverse and delicious vegetables are and the many ways they can be used in filling meals.

From couscous to carrots to tangines, Moroccan food offers a wide spread of distinctive dishes. I love incorporating Moroccan flavors like fresh mint, nuts, dates, cumin, coriander, saffron and turmeric into my recipes. They are such bold seasonings and really give some variety to our normal repertoire.

As we wandered the market streets in Tangier, I picked up mint tea, which is typically served at most meals in Morocco. I also brought home Smoked Paprika and the famous Moroccan spice mix ras el hanout, made of 27 spices. Talk about fragrant! If you’re ever looking to switch things up in recipes, try adding Moroccan spices to chicken, rice or couscous, and of course vegetables!

Moroccan Food in Tangier

Our meal on a private balcony in Tangier.

Watch the Full Recipe Video!

You can get all the details from this recipe on my recipe video. I give all my tips, what kitchen tools make it easier (hint this) and why we love this dish so much. Seriously, I’ve made this Moroccan Carrot Salad for my friends so many times that they now pretty much associate this dish with me, haha. Do you have any dishes like that? Ones that you make over and over and people always ask you to make it?

 

 

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Healthy Moroccan Grated Carrot Salad_Natalie ParamoreMoroccan Carrot Salad

Makes 6 servings

 

Ingredients:

5-6 (2lbs) of large carrots, peeled

1 bunch of green onions, white and green parts

1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup mint, stems removed and chopped

1/4 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped

1/4 cup pistachios, chopped

1/4 cup feta, crumbled

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

 

Directions: 

  1. Whisk olive oil, lime juice, salt and cumin together. Set aside.
  2. Grate carrots on box grader or food processor.
  3. Chop onions, herbs and dates.
  4. Toss carrots, herbs, onions and dates together with dressing. Top with pistachios and feta and more herbs if desired. Serve room temperature alongside these Curry Chicken Thighs!

 

 

 

                                                                 

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