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


Ingredients:
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.
Directions:
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.
Enjoy!

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!

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  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.

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  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…

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  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.

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  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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