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Citrus Salads - healthy vegetarian orange salads from Morocco

Updated on June 21, 2015
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Meat-free orange salads from Morocco

When I was a child growing up, a salad was a somewhat soggy mix of limp lettuce, spongy tomato and watery sliced cucumber. It has been a delight to discover that salads are terrific meals that use a huge variety of wonderful ingredients.

My current favorite salads use juicy citrus fruits - oranges especially - and here are three of my favorites that are all based on traditional Moroccan meals and recipes. Some of the best and fruitiest oranges in the world come from Morocco and its cooks make the most of their abundance and flavor. They are even good for you.

These salads can, of course, be served as an accompaniment but are also delicious as main meals in themselves. Try one of these salads as a perfect meat-free lunch served with crusty bread, some thinly sliced tomatoes and a bowl of black olives. Serve them as part of a buffet - they are perfect for entertaining as they can be made ahead of time. A crispy, fruity salad can also be served after a main course to refresh the palate or as an appetizer. Because these three salads share an ingredient, they are perfect to serve as a combo.

Fennel & Orange Salad

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Fennel & Orange Recipe

Add the following ingredients to a bowl. mix well and refrigerate for at least half an hour before serving.

  1. 2 medium fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
  2. 2 oranges, peeling and segmented
  3. 6 tablespoons fresh orange juice mixed with two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  4. To taste, a little salt, a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of freshly ground cinnamon

Carrot Salad

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Carrot Salad Recipe

This very simple salad will be fine in the fridge for a day so can be made twenty four hours in advance.

This is ideal because the flavours have the opportunity to mingle well.

It's so easy to make and tastes completely delicious.

The combination of the carrots and the orange juice creates a wonderful flavour.


In a bowl, mix together the following ingredients

  1. 4 medium sized carrots, scrubbed and grated
  2. Half a cup of fresh orange juice
  3. A sprinkle of golden raisins and a little salt to taste

Cabbage & Orange Salad

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Cabbage & Orange Salad Recipe

This is a great salad to make ahead because it needs to be chilled in the refrigerator for at least two hours before its served. Use young, fresh cabbage for this recipe. In a bowl, combine the following ingredients.

  1. About 12 ounces of cored and shredded cabbage
  2. 3 medium sized oranges, peeled and segmented
  3. 3 tablespoons fresh orange juices and 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  4. 3 tablespoons raisins
  5. To taste, about 2 teaspoons sugar, a good pinch of salt and a pinch of cinnamon

The recipes

These three recipes will each serve four to six people and can easily be multiplied to serve larger groups. The variety of vegetables used - carrot, fennel and cabbage - makes the salads very attractive when served as a combo. If you find that they have too much liquid prior to serving, drain them lightly but be sure to leave some of the juices which are delicious when mopped up with slices from a good loaf of crusty bread. pita or flatbread. Or see below for a video of how to make your own authentic Moroccan bread.

Serve with a Moroccan vegetable couscous dish for a perfect Moroccan-themed dinner party!

How to make Moroccan Batboot

Further reading

One of the best holidays I've ever had was in Morocco when I was aged about sixteen. There was me, mum and dad and my brother and sister in a tiny, tiny, camper van. Although the van was so small my mum insisted on packing canned and dried foods and taking them with us because she didn't 'trust' Moroccan hygiene! (This was a very long time ago).

So although we were in Morocco for a full three weeks, we never ate Moroccan food - mum insisted on feeding us English convenience food during the entire trip. It's only by cooking them myself that I've discovered what a wonderful cuisine it truly is.

There are several wonderful things about salads - they are generally very healthy, they are quick to prepare and ... they are delicious. When I was growing up salads were so boring but today, there's so much inspiration out there.

Wow, this looks good!

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    • sheilamarie78 profile image

      Sheilamarie 

      5 years ago from British Columbia

      Fruit in salad? I'm a fan!

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      Oranges do add a tasty touch to salads.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Yes, I do like added fruits to my veggie salads. Amazing how well they go together. :)

    • oddobjective profile image

      oddobjective 

      5 years ago

      Good info! I guessed I have always thought a salad had to have lettuce or spinach. It is nice to know there are other options.

    • bilafond lm profile image

      bilafond lm 

      5 years ago

      Raw foods best for health. Good lens

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Never enough vitamins:)

    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 

      5 years ago

      Love a good salad!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I'm more of a traditionalist with my salads I suppose. I have had a version of the carrot and raisin salad when in Georgia, but yours seems much healthier.

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      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I love adding fruit to salads. There are few salads that an orange wouldn't improve.

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      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      A delicious sounding way to enjoy salads

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      These sound like a great way to use up your fruit. I hate seeing wasted food. great variations of recipes too.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Sounds like a healthy alternative!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      oooooh yummy I have just eaten three small oranges :)

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      suepogson 

      5 years ago

      I'm now hungry!

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      Vikki 

      5 years ago from US

      All of those salads sound yummy! Definitely want to try the orange and fennel.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thank you so much for your comment, leahjsongs. I'm from Florida too. Best wishes to your friend Evie - I'm sure that she'll feel better soon thanks to your thoughtfulness.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      The carrot salad is a special dish served at a few local restaurants here in southwest Florida. In fact, my friend Evie was sick today, so I went to a restaurant called "Thirsty's" that makes it and ordered some for her, along with a nice lunch salad platter. The recipes look delicious. I have never used fennel at home, but I like the taste of it and would enjoy that salad as well.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      The carrot salad is a special dish served at a few local restaurants here in southwest Florida. In fact, my friend Evie was sick today, so I went to a restaurant called "Thirsty's" that makes it and ordered some for her, along with a nice lunch salad platter. The recipes look delicious. I have never used fennel at home, but I like the taste of it and would enjoy that salad as well.

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