Moroccan Citrus Salad + a book giveaway

Moroccan Citrus Salad

 

Blanket terms and generalisations for international cuisines forever rub me the wrong way. I still retain my delicate sensibilities by finding “Mediterranean salad” with some olives mixed in, “Greek style pasta” adorned with feta crumble, “Asian style salad” with a sesame seed garnish or “Arabic style lamb” with a smattering of pomegranate straight up offensive. Can we please stop pigeonholing dishes and defining a culture by the addition of one cliché ingredient? Sure, accessibility and all that, but one spiced Spanish-style sausage a paella does not make.

This week my bookshelf has been graced with The Jewelled Kitchen by Bethany Kehdy, and this citrus salad from page 68 is a far cry from the usual whack a pomegranate on it and call it ethnic food fare – it’s tangy, it’s fresh, it’s sweet, it’s zingy, it’s a little crunchy. My version varies tremendously from the original in terms of presentation (my mandolin and oranges of choice did not want to be friends) so, in classic Alana style, I’ve opted for the messy rustic approach.

This book is a wonderful collection of Middle Eastern recipes, and as aforementioned it isn’t the usual fusion fare – this is a genuine, heartfelt book with both classics, modern interpretations and personal adaptations and as someone who grew up alongside some of these dishes it is an absolute joy to read.

In an attempt to cease the stereotypical just add ____ for that easy, authentic flavour! style recipes I’m giving away one copy of The Jewelled Kitchen to inspire the inner Teta in all of you. To enter all you need to do is answer this simple question by leaving a comment below: what’s your favourite Middle Eastern dish? Blanket, authentic, fusion or offensive guilty pleasure, I don’t care. Local kebab? The most hectic kataifi? Shout it from the roof tops and shout it to me within the sweet confines of the internet.

Moroccan Citrus Salad
Moroccan Citrus Salad
Moroccan Citrus Salad
Moroccan Citrus Salad
Moroccan Citrus Salad
Moroccan Citrus Salad
Moroccan Citrus Salad
Moroccan Citrus Salad

 

Many citrus fruits mentioned here are out of season so just replace them with whatever you like (the more grapefruit you use the more honey you may need, please heed my sour warning).

Moroccan Citrus Salad
(from The Jewelled Kitchen by Bethany Kehdy)

1 lime
1 orange
1 blood orange
1 pink grapefruit
1 pomegranate, seeded
A few of pistachios, roughly chopped
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp orange blossom water
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
A few mint leaves
4 tbsp Greek yoghurt

1. Using a sharp knife segment citrus fruit or use a mandolin to slice into fine pieces. Or cut however you like, whatever! Throw your citrus in a bowl with the pomegranate seeds.
2. Add orange blossom water and honey and give it all a stir. Add mint leaves, combine again, then serve in the bowl of your choice as neatly or as rustic as you like. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top.
3. Adorn with a generous dollop of yoghurt, sprinkle the pistachio shards and enjoy with a glass of mint tea (green tea + sugar + mint leaves).

  1. Smaggle’s avatar

    I think mint goes with everything! What a gorgeous salad. Oh and my favourite Middle Eastern Dish is saffron apricots and rose water yogurt!

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  2. Carl Joe Wright’s avatar

    Moroccan Citrus Salad is a nice dessert. Hope in the hotels in Kiama Australia also serves this. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  3. melaniel’s avatar

    What a beautifully rainbowy salad!
    I love fattoush salad: so crunchy, simple but delicious!

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  4. Dumpling Girl’s avatar

    I was going to say falafels , I mean the nutty fried goodness of them is so addictive, but I really can’t go past a really good pilaf.

    There is something in it’s simplicity that makes it so comforting, and the flavours and textures one can pack in, really make this the go to dish for me.

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  5. Ivana’s avatar

    Your salad looks awesome. I especially like that glass you used to serve the mint tea. Very Moroccan. Anyway, my favourite Middle Eastern dish would have to be slow cooked lamb. I mean the one that takes 5 hours to cook. Each region has it’s own take on it, depending on the different spices used, but it’s all delicious.

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  6. Nicole’s avatar

    Beautiful looking salad. I look forward to making it.
    I make sure I always have a container of Hummus in the fridge. It turns a piece of bread into a meal.

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  7. milkteaxx’s avatar

    as generic as this may sound, i love tabouli till the end of the world! its just so delicious and i feel healthy!

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  8. Peta’s avatar

    Hi, thanks for sharing that gorgeous salad recipe.
    I’d have to say that I can’t resist a dessert called Basbousa. It’s a delicious syrup soaked semolina cake.

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  9. Sahra’s avatar

    Your salad looks divine and the photography is amazing. As for my absolute fave m/eastern dish……it’s Cabbage Rolls. I can eat them all day long.

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  10. Matilda’s avatar

    I love the look of your Citrus Salad. I will certainly try making it.
    Funny you mentioned a Teta earlier. I had a beautiful Teta (Grandmother) who used to make us Rose Petal Jam. Yep, made out of kilos of organic Roses. If there was a taste from my childhood that I will never forget, that would be it.

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  11. Zorara’s avatar

    My favourite middle eastern dish is makloubeh! It’s got a great range of textures- the crunch from the almonds is heavenly, it has the right amount of fragrance from a the assortment of spices, and the chicken mixed with rice is temptingly moreish. I could happily eat a huge bowl of it warm.

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  12. Nabila’s avatar

    The salad looks delicious! I’m a huge fan of fried kibbeh and have been known to order two entree-sized plates as my main.

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  13. Ramen Raff’s avatar

    Love that shot of the mint on top of the water & honey! Shakshouka is so boss and is my favourite Middle-Eastern dish. It is so perfect in it’s simplicity. Quick to make, most of the ingredients would most likely be available in your pantry, it’s hearty, full of comfort & packed with flavours. Best for bread dipping!

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  14. Deepa@onesmallpot’s avatar

    Gorgeous salad and pics. I can almost smell that mint! Speaking of which, I love middle Eastern food but I especially love washing it down with a glass of fresh Moroccan mint tea.

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  15. Krystal’s avatar

    Your citrus salad looks wonderful – mint has such a refreshing taste in water too great article all round

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  16. Winston’s avatar

    Woot! My fav Middle Eastern dish hands down is the shakshouka. I am a sucker of anything saucy. And eggs. This has both. Although to be honest, I went to this really kickass Morrocan resto recently and the highlight dish was actually their citrus salad too. Totes amazing. Want to try yours now.

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  17. Napoli Restaurant Alert’s avatar

    I just tried for the very first time to make maa’moul, as I love them. I discovered there are a million different recipes for this dish, so would love to know yours!

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  18. JJ - 84thand3rd’s avatar

    Oh you make me giggle – so true though! I adore Middle Eastern food, the simplicity, the spice…sigh and the book looks gorgeous. As for my favourite dish – I’d start with fresh flatbreads and hummus then move on to sticky baklava and mint tea. Predictable? Perhaps. But perfect none the less.

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