01 Sep2010


This is heavily influenced by salads we enjoyed during our recent trip to Morocco. But I don’t think this would be considered totally authentic as I substituted several ingredients out of necessity (made on the fly with whatever we had in the house). First, I cut the peel off of two pink grapefruits and three small oranges. Slice the citrus into discs and remove and discard the seeds. Lay the slices on a serving plate/platter. Add some sliced or whole olives, black preferable to green ones. Add some very thinly sliced red onions and place this plate in the fridge to chill for at least half an hour before serving.


Meanwhile, roast some almonds and chop them up. Make a dressing of freshly squeezed orange juice (I used half of the oranges mentioned above, a couple of small limes, salt and a dash of paprika. Add some argan oil (use olive as a substitute) and drizzle this all over the salad a couple of minutes before serving. Add some chopped flat leaf parsley or coriander as a garnish. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top. Incredibly easy to make, and the results are a very refreshing and colorful salad. Good argan oil is very noticeable in these cold salads, as it has a nuttier aroma and taste than a newly pressed olive oil. The salad would go well with grilled meats or seafood, or with heavier meat tagines. Spectacular visuals, refreshing flavors.



  1. Gej says:

    All your pictures of Moroccan dishes are very yellow, orange, and red. Vibrant, colorful, cuisine ha !

    Sep 1, 2010 | 1:40 pm


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  3. linda says:


    Sep 1, 2010 | 2:01 pm

  4. Junb says:

    Oh I like this one. I don’t have Argan oil though maybe a truffle infuse olive oil will do.

    Sep 1, 2010 | 6:41 pm

  5. Sarah Bretner says:

    Junb, you can find argan oil in the US at Amal Oils (http://www.amaloils.com). Argan oil is not only great as a salad dressing, but it can also be used for cosmetic purposes (hair, skin and nails).

    Sep 2, 2010 | 6:56 am

  6. quiapo says:

    Nice!! I made a version last Sunday which had substantial grated carrot, a bit of sugar and some orange blossom water at the last minute.

    Sep 3, 2010 | 11:22 am

  7. Tanya Maria says:

    Thank you for this great text refering to oil. On my website i give interesting knowledge to all people about how to use arganoil for use on hairs. If you have some minutes why dont you give me a look up. Merci, Tanya Maria

    Jun 29, 2011 | 3:43 am

  8. Olive says:

    where can i buy culinary argan oil here in the philippines? the ones i find in the internet available here are for skin, hair and nails. i would truly appreciate if you can direct me to the right place to buy argan oil for cooking. many thanks!

    Oct 29, 2011 | 5:25 pm

  9. Marketman says:

    Olive, we purchased our argan oil while on a trip to Morocco; I actually haven’t seen it for sale in Manila…

    Oct 29, 2011 | 6:29 pm


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