Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

This salad was served as part of our cooking demo at the Tavola Dubai coffee morning in March. It was a big hit!  So much so that we had to share it here to make it available for our new food loving friends who were eager to add it to their salad making repertoire.  Usually, we equate raw carrots with goat food but this is a dish worthy of epicurean taste buds. On top of it, it is quick and easy and it uses ingredients you already have in your refrigerator and pantry!   We used our Bamix food processor attachment and with which we grated about 1kg/2lbs carrots in a few minutes.  Furthermore, carrots are now cheap so here is one more way to get your daily dose of Vitamin A! (ooh  that rhymes:))

The recipe is adapted from

  • 500-700g carrots, coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (you can substitute with olive oil)
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup  parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika (substitute with 1 teaspoon paprika and 1 tsp sugar)
  • Pinch of salt
  • About 1/2 teaspoon harissa, 1 tablespoon minced green chilies, or 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Method: Mix all ingredients in except carrot in a bowl. Taste and adjust flavours as you like.  Add carrots, coat completely, then refrigerate for at least two hours or for up to 2 days for the flavours to mature.  The marination provides for a fantastic flavour. It also means that this is a salad that can be made in excess with leftovers tasting even nicer the next day.

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    CHEF’S NOTE: When trying out a recipe that you have no clue how it should taste, or whether you will like a new combination of ingredients in it, use 1/2 of the ingredients and add more of each according to your own taste.  Where cooking is concerned, a recipe is a guide, not a formula. One taste does not fit all. Be open and willing to adapt recipes to suit you.  This will open up a world of new cuisines and tastes to you and will make your cooking even more exciting.

    37 responses to “Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

    1. Always looking for new salad ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    2. i use carrot dressing on my burgers, this sounds real interesting to dress my burger with too thanks for sharing! =]

    3. We have salads like this all the time in Israel. This recipe looks great!!

    4. That looks really good!

    5. This looks delicious…and now I have a plan for the 5lbs of carrots in my fridge! Theresa

    6. Lovely salad. I’ve composted 2 bags of carrots over the past couple of weeks. The 3rd bag will become this salad – a fate much better than compost!

    7. Wonderful salad, great way to use carrots. Thanks:)

    8. Gorgeous dish! And I’m all about the quick and simple salads :) Well done

    9. Goat food, how funny! I had a carrot salad at a little cafe recently and wanted to try to make something like it at home. Your recipe is a great start and I will adjust, as you suggest in the chef notes – love the suggestions.

    10. hi kari… this salad looks really delcious, i am gonna make this… love the first image so yum!

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    12. delicious looking salad looks wonderful

    13. This looks outstanding! A fresh and bright addition to any meal.

    14. Very nice, easy and tasty recipe!

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    15. In a salad phase that will hopefully last…will try this one too. Looks delicious.

    16. Hello .. i have a huge bag of carrots in my fridge, must try this tonight.x

    17. I’m so preparing this salad. It must be delicious

    18. Ooo! This definitely looks like something I want to try. Thanks!

    19. I’m making this asap. Right now I’m doing a raw cleanse, so this would be absolutely perfect. Especially because I LOVE carrots.
      Your photos are incredible!

    20. Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables, and Moroccan food is one of my favorite ethnic cuisines ^.^
      Maybe I’ll make it now to have for lunch at school tomorrow- yum!!

    21. This is great for our summer season that’s right around the corner. Well, it’s great for the spring too. Going to share this one with a friend!

    22. Love the colours and flavours and the texture of carrot-ghetti!

    23. This is such a great recipe, perfect for those leftover bits you never quite know what to do with from the big bag of carrots you always feel compelled to buy. Thanks for a great idea and a great recipe!

    24. Mmmm! This looks wonderful, and easy to make, too!

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    26. This sounds delicious! I’m looking forward to making it sometime soon to share with friends.

    27. I would never of thought of making my own vanilla extract – great post!

    28. Going to make this tonight… looks great. Thanks for posting

    29. i tried it , and really amazing, thanks Kari.

    30. The Mistress of Spices

      I love Moroccan carrot salads and love the idea of doing it with grated carrots…thank heavens for my food processor for that!

    31. It looks perfect , thanks for sharing.

    32. Always looking for new fresh salad ideas. This looks like it would be really tasty as a side dish for BBQ meals this summer! Yum, Thanks for sharing. :)

    33. It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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