Spicy Moroccan Carrot Salad

We always look for alternatives to lettuce + dressing vegetable side dishes. Chef Yotam Ottolenghi‘s book Plenty (2010) is chock-full of such alternatives. This recipe contains a delicious combination of spices and is simple to prepare. We hope you like it as much as we do.

Our version of the recipe listed below left out the Greek yogurt. The result was great without the yogurt, but we plan to try the recipe with yogurt next time. If you are concerned about finding the preserved lemon, try Middle Eastern or Asian specialty markets. If you can’t find either, saute or grill a few oiled slices of lemon, sprinkled with salt and sugar. Then chop finely to get 1 tablespoon’s worth.

Ingredients

2 lb. carrots
1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra to finish
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp sugar
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 green onion, finely chopped

2 medium green chilies, finely chopped
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground coriander
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp chopped preserved lemon
Salt
2 1/2 cups cilantro leaves, chopped, plus extra to garnish
1/2 cup Greek yogurt, chilled

Directions

Peel the carrots and cut them, depending on their size, into cylinders or semicircles 1/2-inch thick; all the pieces should end up roughly the same size. Place in a large saucepan and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until tender but still crunchy. Drain in a colander and leave to dry out.

Heat the oil in a large pan and saute the onion for 12 minutes on medium heat until soft and slightly brown. Add the cooked carrots to the onion, followed by all the remaining ingredients, apart from the cilantro and yogurt. Remove from the heat. Season liberally with salt, stir well and leave to cool.

Before serving, stir in the cilantro, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of oil and garnished with the extra cilantro.

Serves 4.

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