Diced Moroccan salad

Diced Moroccan salad

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Margaret Fulton Favourites
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Tanya Zouev and Armelle Habib

Fresh salads precede most meals in Morocco and, like Italian antipasti, are designed to inspire the appetite and refresh the palate. In this dish, vegetables such as cucumber, rocket and radish are seasoned with lemon juice, olives and mint sprigs. Good olives and olive oil are always in evidence.

Here are two salads that make an inviting platter when served together, although a small salad of either is just as good.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 red radishes, sliced or diced
2-3 lebanese cucumbers, lightly peeled and diced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced or diced
salt
1/2 cup, torn mint leaves
1 1/2 cups baby rocket leaves
1 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
12 small black olives, pitted
a few mint sprigs, to garnish
lemon wedges for serving

Method

  1. Sprinkle the radishes, cucumbers and onion with a little salt and leave to stand for 5 minutes in a salad bowl. Add the mint and rocket.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the garlic with the lemon juice, olive oil and pepper and pour over the vegetables. Toss ingredients together, cover with plastic wrap and chill for up to 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in the tomatoes and olives. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve with lemon wedges.

Shredded Moroccan salad

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
see method for ingredients

Method

  1. Using the fine shredding blades of a mandoline or a fine julienne shredder, grate 1 carrot, 1 beetroot and 1⁄2 large white radish, keeping them in separate piles. Make small mounds of each vegetable on a platter, generously squeeze over lemon juice, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with ground cumin. Serve with lemon or orange wedges.
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