Moroccan Carrot Salad with Blood Oranges

 

It’s been wonderful connecting with blogging buddies in the Bay Area over the past few years and last Thursday at the Marin Farmer’s Market I was lucky to meet and spend some time shopping with two of my favorites, Gina @ SPCookieQueen and Rose @Magpie’s Recipes.  We could be found chatting up a storm and lingering over the citrus fruit, especially the blood oranges.  Gina picked up a bag to make preserves, one of her specialties.  I’ve been making juice for breakfast with my stash but last night a salad recipe from the New York Times was calling my name.  I also have this thing (fondness) for roasted carrots which are naturals with the blood oranges in this salad.  I did a little tweaking on the recipe, including adding minced jalapeño pepper, Aleppo pepper and cilantro.  I do like a little spice in my salads but I think most of my desire to tweak recipes comes from what’s on hand in the fridge or pantry.

I’ve been organizing my photos this week.  A long overdue task and wow am I disorganized or I should say formerly disorganized as I have really cleaned up my act over the past few days.  My motivation comes from moving all my photos to a new computer and not wanting to move over all the junk.  I also desperately needed to organize pictures into folders so I can have a better chance of finding anything.  Anyway, it is an enlightening job to look at all those old photos and realize that as much as I’m always struggling with the quality of my photos-it was worse before, worse than better than worse etc.  The ups and downs of  trying to learn how to take photos for my blog that I’m for the most part happy with which brings me to my favorite camera-the iPhone!

The San Rafael Farmer’s Market is really coming to life with Spring around the corner and I’m planning on taking advantage of everything it has to offer over the coming months.  Bring on the freshly dug sweet carrots, which are especially good in this salad and if you’re at the market let’s have a coffee and swap recipes.

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Blood Oranges

Yield: 4 servings

Adapted from the New York Times.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, about 8 medium carrots, peeled and trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 medium blood oranges, peeled, sliced and cut into small pieces
  • Pinch of Aleppo Chili
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon blood orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced jalapeño pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced cilantro, plus extra for the salad
  • 1 head escarole, washed, dried and torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cup oil cured olives, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  3. Cut the carrots in half, spread out on the prepared baking sheet and rub with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, salt and spices.
  4. Roast for 30-35 minutes, turning once.
  5. Set aside to cool, cut into 2" pieces before tossing into salad.
  6. Place the garlic, chili, juices, jalapeño pepper and cilantro in a small bowl.
  7. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Place the carrots, blood oranges, olives, cilantro and escarole in a large bowl. Gently add the dressing, tossing to evenly coat.
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  1. I absolutely love this salad, Patty! The roasted carrots sound perfect with the Moroccan spices, and I love the burst of citrus from those pretty oranges!

  2. I haven’t eaten dinner yet, Patty. Will you please make me one of these delicious salads? Incredible combo of flavors!!! Love your photos!!!

  3. The photos of the salad are amazing: not just the vibrant colors but the contrasts of textures. The salad itself looks delicious. I have just started roasting veggies and I love how it intensifies the flavors!

  4. Beautiful salad Patty…so Spring…love the color and the citrus in it.
    Hope you are having a fun week :)

  5. What a stunning salad Patty! How fun that you met up with Gina and Rose!!! I was just at whole foods tonight and saw the blood oranges and needed to pick up a few. I am obsessed with them. Your photos are supreme. Let’s plan a get together soon – perhaps a class at the CIA???

  6. Great looking salad. Love the roasted carrots. That is a salad I’d want to show off!

  7. This is a lovely salad Patti and sounds delicious. You’ve put me to shame with all your photo organizing – but in a good way, in a motivating way :) Thanks! I’m so excited that spring is showing up with famers markets staring to burst with good stuff!

  8. I can imagine you and Gina talking up a storm! This salad is calling my name – love the vibrant colors, have both these ingredients in my fridge and would be making this tomorrow if I weren’t flying out to see my mom…. I remember your carrot header from back in the day – roasted carrots are one of my faves, too :)

  9. Wow – roasted carrots and oranges. This is a great inspiration salad.

  10. Breathtaking photographs, Patty! I need more of this kind of salad in my life and less brownies and cookies! This winter will not end and comfort foods and I are becoming joined at the hip!

  11. A gorgeous salad! I love roasted roots and the sound of the oranges to brighten the salad is wonderful along with all of the other delightful flavors. How great that you got to spend time with two of your favorite blogging buddies!

  12. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    You live near Gina??So jealous. Adore her and you and would love to meet you girls one day. This is a salad I’ve been craving for days. Love it, Patty.

  13. Look at those lovely roasted carrots! And I just love the vintage plate you served the salad on. I love meeting fellow bloggers too. Such a fun treat. Thank you for sharing, sweet Patty!

  14. Bright and vibrant colour!! Definitely my kind of salad!
    hi Gina, Rose

  15. Rose Magpies Recipes says:

    Was so much fun hanging out with you and Gina! Mmm wish I could taste this salad too!

  16. This salad screams happiness and the freshness of spring! (There is something a bit seductive about blood oranges.)

    Old food blog photos are quite the trip! Sometimes I’m tempted to just start Instagraming everything. ;)

  17. I had such a great morning with you and Rose. I need to come out there more often to your market, way better than ours. I still have one or two of the oranges left in my fridge, I’m hoarding them. Lol. I’m still regretting not taking home one of those chickens. Next time I’m thinking. Good for you getting your photos together, I need to do the same and I need to replace our work computer and move years and years of records. Arrgh, not now I’m stressing myself, let’s just go back out and eat more. Have a good week my dear.
    -Gina-

  18. That’s a beautiful salad. And I always think your photos look great!

  19. Whoa, this is such a pretty salad! Salads are usually so boring looking. And tasting. I bet this one is a great one, though!

  20. I love colourful salads! This one must be one of the prettiest I’ve seen. I can eat plates of these + I enjoy Moroccan flavours. Reminds me of Marrakesh :)

  21. Patty those blood oranges are beautiful and so is your salad. What fun to meet up with those great food bloggers. I think you take awesome photos and I know what you mean it is a constant struggle to have good quality photos.

  22. I love this vibrant, colorful Moroccan salad! A must-try to lighten up all the comfort food I’ve been cookin’ lately… great recipe, Patty!

  23. Aw, what a fun time you all must have had. How wonderful that you were able to do this together.

    I always enjoy your creative salads, Patty. This one is no exception.

  24. Gorgeous colors in that fabulous salad! Our farmers market starts up next month, and I can’t wait. Those blood oranges are such a treat- I love them when I can get them. :)

  25. What a gorgeous salad – and how fun to catch up with some blogging buddies. I adore roasted carrot, so I know that this salad is for me.

  26. Great photos. Love the vibrant colors in your salad. The flavors combined with dressing has to be delicious.

  27. What a pretty and colorful salad, Patty. How fun that you were able to meet up with some fellow bloggers at the market. Good for you for organizing your photos – I need to do that.

  28. Love the colours of this pretty salad – yum!

  29. Patty…you have no idea how much I LOVE Moroccan cuisine! AND blood oranges, which I wish were around more throughout the year. This is a gorgeous dish and your photos are beyond beautiful. So glad you got to connect with your blogging friends and I wish you luck in organizing and moving your photos! (I’ve been putting off that task for some time now!)

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