Moroccan Orange and Carrot Salad

Last year, I attended a Team Building Seminar sponsored by the office. We went to some place in Batangas. You guys will notice my intense interest in the event as evidenced by the fact that I can’t even remember the name of the venue, posh and upscale as it was. We were supposed to develop our camaraderie along with our decision-making and leadership skills. The whole day though, all I was thinking about was how I was missing a family gathering. Only Berto and our daughter was able to attend =(

One thing I did take home with me was the thought of the delicious salad they served us during lunch. It was a Moroccan Orange and Carrot Salad. My officemates hated it, as much as they hated the tomato soup they gave us. (Told you it was upscale).But I loved it. I couldn’t get it out of my head. When I got home, I kept on bugging Berto to make it for me, but salads aren’t his forte, neither are citrus fruits… so he ignored me. One day I just felt I had to have some, so I made it myself… I must say I was pretty satisfied with the final outcome. I, however, couldn’t speak for the rest of my family.

I made the simpler version. Here's the recipe:


3 oranges
3 big carrots, peeled
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
pinch salt

mint leaves, small whole or large roughly chopped

Segment the orange over a bowl to catch the juice. Remove the seeds and squeeze the remains of the orange juice into another bowl.

Peel and grate the carrots. You may also opt to julienne the carrots. Toss the carrots with the orange juice. Add the lemon juice, sugar, and a small pinch of salt. Stir well to combine. If you are making this ahead of time, cover and refrigerate the carrot mixture until ready to serve.

Just before serving, drain off the accumulated juice from the oranges and arrange the segments around the edge of the serving dish. Toss the julienned carrots, place in the center and top with the mint leaves. Dust the oranges lightly with a little extra cinnamon.

This is a nutritious salad dish that's so easy to prepare. Definitely a must try!

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