ORANGE SALAD WITH RED ONIONS & OLIVES

4 navel oranges

½ small red onion, very thinly sliced

½ cup pitted green or black olives

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 small garlic clove, finely grated on a Microplane

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Sea salt, to taste

½ tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

 


 

Remove the peel and pith from the oranges and slice them into ¼-inch rounds. Arrange them on a shallow plate. Disperse the onion slices and olives on top of the oranges.

 

In a small bowl combine the lemon juice,  garlic, cumin, cinnamon and salt. Drizzle the olive oil, whisking constantly.  Spoon the dressing evenly over the oranges. Sprinkle the salad with chopped cilantro.

Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

 

Serves 4

Moroccan Orange Salad with Red Onions and Olives

CUCUMBER, RADISH & APRICOT SALAD

3 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, stemmed and diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon distilled wine vinegar
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
2 ounces feta cheese

 


 

Combine the cucumbers, red bell pepper, radishes, and apricots in a large mixing bowl.

 

In a smaller bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, yogurt, salt and pepper until well blended. Drizzle over the salad.

Add the thyme. Crumble the feta cheese over the salad and toss. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

 

Serves 4

cucumber radish salad

FRUIT SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE MOLASSES

2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite-sized cubes
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons pistachios or walnuts, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses, plus more for drizzling
1/2 tablespoon honey (optional)
A dash of cinnamon

 


 

Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Transfer to serving plates and drizzle with extra pomegranate molasses. Chill if you wish.

Serve for snack, on top of cereal or as a side salad.

 
Serves 2

CABBAGE SALAD WITH YOGURT, WALNUTS & RAISINS

2 cups grated/very finely chopped red cabbage
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon minced dill, optional

Dressing
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ground black pepper, to taste

 


 

Combine the first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Whisk the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl.

Add the dressing to the salad and toss. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

Serves 4

TRADITIONAL MOROCCAN CARROT SALAD

6 medium carrots, peeled and diagonally cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
12 sprigs fresh parsley
Sea salt, to taste

 


Place the carrots in a steamer basket set in a pot of simmering water and cover it with a lid. Steam the carrots until crisp-tender, 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, cook them in boiling water over medium-high heat, about 10 minutes then drain. Let cool.

 

Meanwhile, process the rest of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Combine the cooked carrots with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss well to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Marinate in the refrigerator 1 to 2 hours, if you can. Serve cold or at room temperature.

 

Serves 3 to 4

APPLE, POTATO & EGG SALAD

5 small Yukon potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes

2 large Golden Delicious apples; peeled, cored and cut into bite-sized cubes

1/4 cup sliced cornichons

1/2 cup canned corn kernels, rinsed and drained

3 eggs, hard-boiled, yolks and whites separated and chopped

3/4 cup light mayonnaise

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


Place the cubed potatoes in a pot and cover with salted water. Cook over medium high heat until the potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a colander and let drain and cool a few minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes with the apples, pickles, corn and chopped egg whites.

In a small bowl, stir the egg yolks with the mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar.

Add the dressing to the salad and toss. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Serves 4

MOROCCAN ROASTED BELL PEPPER & TOMATO SALAD

Known as tchoutchouka, this is one of the most popular Moroccan salads. It is best served warm with bread as a tartine or side to any dinner.

2 medium green bell peppers
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground paprika


Line the surroundings of a gas burner with aluminum foil (you’ll be thankful you did when the pepper starts dripping its sticky juices). Turn on the flame to medium-high and char the peppers on all sides until blackened and blistered all over, about 10 minutes. Use tongs to turn them as they can get very hot.

Place the peppers in a paper bag and close it, for about 15 minutes, to allow the peppers to sweat and their skin to become softer. Peel the skin off the peppers using your fingers. Discard the stem and seeds. Finely dice the peppers. Set aside.

Place the tomatoes in a medium skillet with olive oil. Add the garlic and season the tomatoes with salt, pepper, cumin and paprika. Cook the tomatoes until they become soft and turn into somewhat of a thick, chunky sauce, 10 to 15 minutes. Mix in the diced peppers and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Taste the seasoning and adjust to your taste.

Serve warm or at room temp.

Serves 4

MOROCCAN CITRUS SALAD

1 large ruby red grapefruit
1 large navel orange
2 clementines
4 ounces Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon honey, plus more for drizzling
1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chopped pistachios


Using a sharp peeling knife, peel the oranges, grapefruit, navel and clementines, removing the peel, pith and skin. On a cutting board, slice the citrus crosswise into 1/4-inch rounds.

Layer the citrus on the serving plates, starting with a slice of grapefruit, followed by a slice of navel and Clementine.

Prepare the yogurt sauce by whisking the yogurt with honey and orange blossom water in a small bowl.

Top the layered citrus fruit with a dollop of yogurt sauce. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and chopped pistachios. Drizzle with a thin stream of honey.

Enjoy at room temperature.

Serves 4

MOROCCAN ROASTED EGGPLANT SALAD

This salad is know under the Moroccan name zaalouk. The eggplants can be fried or oven-roasted.

For the eggplants
1 medium eggplant
1/3 cup olive oil

For the sauce
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
Scant 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped parsley, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut off the top and bottom of the eggplant and peel it, leaving sporadic strips of skin throughout. Cut it into 1/2-inch slices. If the eggplant is old and excessively seedy, you may need to salt and drain it for at least 30 minutes before use, otherwise proceed directly. Place the eggplant slices in a single layer in a large baking dish or cookie sheet and generously brush both sides with olive oil. Roast them for 25 to 30 minutes until tender. (Alternatively, you could fry the eggplant slices until tender.)

Remove from the oven and mash the eggplants on a cutting board with a fork or potato masher.

In a medium sauté pan, cook the tomatoes with garlic and olive oil over medium heat, for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the sea salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the mashed eggplants and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, mashing them some more with a spatula to completely blend with the tomatoes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar.

Serve warm, cold or at room temperature, garnished with chopped parsley. Serve with flatbread or crusty bread.

Serves 4

KALE TABBOULEH

8 cups chopped kale, ribs and stems removed
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 medium firm tomato, diced
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
2/3 cup cooked quinoa or couscous (optional)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lime


Using a food processor, finely chop the kale and mint leaves. This may take four to five batches depending on the size of your processor bowl.

Transfer the chopped kale and mint to a large glass bowl. Add the diced tomatoes, cucumber and grated lime zest (and quinoa or couscous, if using). Season with salt and pepper. Toss to mix the ingredients.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice and olive oil. Add to the tabbouleh and toss well.

Serve immediately or refrigerate for later consumption. Tabbouleh will stay fresh for up to five days.

Serves 4

kale salad