Dirt to Table Experience: Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

Did you know that the Moroccans brought carrot salad to Israel in the 1940’s?   This dish became so popular that it is now a common dish served in Israel to celebrate the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. This salad is served to symbolize a sweet and fruitful year to come.

A blend of oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley or cilantro, cumin, salt, sweet paprika, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne makes for an easy to prepare, unique and flavorful carrot salad that is absolutely delicious.

Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad
Serves 4-6
Recipe from Epicurious

1-lb. carrots coarsely grated (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Pinch of salt
About 1/2 teaspoon harissa (Northwestern African Chili Paste) 1 tablespoon minced green chiles or 1/4- 1/2  teaspoon of cayenne.
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients.  Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator  for at least 2-hours or up to 2-days to allow the flavors to meld and permeate the carrots.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

35 thoughts on “Dirt to Table Experience: Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

  1. I looked in the fridge earlier and noticed we have a lot of carrots in there. I was wondering what I should do with them. Problem solved!


  2. This sounds wonderful and delicious . . . and healthy too. I have plenty of carrots in the fridge right now so I just may try this. Thanks for posting it! PInning it.


  3. Hi Velva!What an interesting Carrot Salad. Just perfect for National Salad Month which May happens to be:) The only kind of Carrot Salad I have ever made is the one with mayo and raisins. This Carrot Salad may just be my favorite. I really need to try it. It's just bursting with spicy goodness. Thank you so much for sharing, Velva…


  4. Are you harvesting carrots now? We didn't get many pop up and actually haven't pulled any. It's a new experience for me!Love this salad, It's pretty and festive, and I know it's a great addition to the table.


  5. ha! I gave my boys some matchstick carrots (that is what we call little carrot sticks:)) last night for dinner and I guess I didn't realize I had never given it to them before bc they gobbled them up and asking for more. the loved them and they were raw- no dressing or nothing so I know they would love your raw carrot salad seeing as how it has so much flavor!


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  7. I love carrots in any form and your recipe has inspired me! Such a great combination of flavors, Velva! Gotta try this one. Great post!


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