Moroccan Ribboned Carrot Raddicchio Salad - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

in #photography3 years ago (edited)

I know, I know, the title is fifty miles long.

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Sorry about that, but at least be glad that I didn’t make it as long as I could have. See, I always want to be super descriptive with you guys about the recipes I’m sharing and today’s recipe just happened to have a lot of star-worthy players in it. I actually could have made it twice as long. Something like “Moroccan Ribboned Carrot, Raddichio, Kale Salad with Tahini Blood Orange Dressing + Honey & Spice Nuts & Seeds”! Now that is quite a mouthful, right? So in reality you should thank me for sparing you that tongue twister. You’re welcome. 😉

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So a few years ago I tried my first Moroccan spiced dish at Epcot with my mom. It was some type of couscous and chickpea thing, very yellow, but I fell in love with it. Ever since then I’ve had fun trying different flavors and traditional dishes that are similar and then creating my own fusion style recipes as well. Basically, I just love exploring the world’s flavors.

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With Easter right around the corner and Spring arriving soon, I wanted to make something using a bunch of the fresh greens that I always seem to neglect. Tell me if this is just me, but do you ever walk through the produce section looking at all the variety and think, ‘How in the world does anyone use all these things????’ Well I used to until I started trying to knock off each untried item on my list. One that I had never tried before was Radicchio. On first glance it looks much the same as red cabbage, but once you cut into it you’ll notice it has a much more delicate leaf and the flavor has a little sharper bite to it. Also, the inner core can be quite bitter so be sure to cut around it for the best results.

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I think this can be said about most typical American households, but growing up my family’s usual fruits that we’d keep on hand consisted of apples, bananas, and sometimes clementines or grapes. As for veggies, broccoli was about it, with the occasional head of iceberg lettuce or bag of carrot sticks.

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Not gonna lie, most of my younger brothers and sisters still consider any vegetation in their meal as a garnish for eye-appeal rather than something to be consumed and I’d probably die of shock if I could get my dad to try a carrot based salad like this. Hey, but that’s alright with me, I personally enjoy eating the rainbow in a form other than Skittles and I genuinely love my veggies. If you’re not into vegetables then maybe we can’t be friends. I guess you’ll just have to go. Totally JK, lol. Please stay, I know I’ve got lots of brownies and cookie recipes that you might like so please feel free to check those out.

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However, I’m guessing if you’re reading this far you probably have some interest in this recipe so let me tell you about it. I know it sounds ridiculously complicated by the title, but it’s actually fairly fast and simple. There’s no cooking required, minus toasting the nuts and seeds which takes all of about 3 minutes, so it’s quick. The prep is simply washing and chopping a few different vegetables and stirring together the dressing before you mix it all together and serve.

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I thought this might be a nice new side dish to try on your Easter table this year. You could also throw in some chickpeas or other beans to finish this off as a light and colorful meal. Also, the veggies can be traded with any that you prefer. Carrots and kale aren’t your thing and you can’t find raddichio? No worries, you could even just make the dressing and spiced nuts to put on you’re favorite garden salad mix. However you want to try it, you definitely should give it a chance.

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Moroccan Ribboned Carrot Raddicchio Salad + Blood Orange Dressing
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Change up your routine garden salad with this colorful blend of textures, spices, and flavors.


Blood Orange Dressing:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium blood oranges, juiced
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
3 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
2 tablespoons tahini
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Spiced Nuts & Seeds:
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepitas
1/3 cup pecans
4 large carrots, ribboned (about 2 cups)
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small head radicchio, roughly chopped
4 medium kale leaves, stems removed and chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup finely chopped dates

Blood Orange Dressing:
Combine all the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake it very well to mix. Another method is to just mix it in a bowl with a whisk and both methods work fine but I usually go for the jar because you can then store it as it is in your fridge (-> Less dishes!)
Spiced Nuts & Seeds:
In a small skillet, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Add the spices, hone, and nuts and stir gently over heat for 3-4 minutes until toasted. Set aside to cool.
Toss all the ingredients for the salad together in a large bowl.
When ready to serve add the dressing and toasted nuts/seeds and toss the salad to coat everything, or if preferred you can serve the dressing on the side.
Store the dressing and salad separately in air-tight containers in the fridge until ready to serve. It should stay pretty fresh like that for 2-3 days.

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absolutely gorgeous food photography. You amaze me every day

this looks like a fabulous idea. I hear blood oranges are really good, I must give it a try

don't give it a try go for it it's realy realy delicious

Carrot contain a high amount of beta-carotene and also have fungicide falcarinol. The use of carrots in the fight against cancer is well documented. So, this salad is rich in nutrients.

I've heard that about carrots and cancer before, great info @introvert-dime

Incredible! Even though I'm not really a healthy eater, I'm encouraged to try your recipe because of the cool presentation. It's very helpful for those on a diet. Thanks for sharing!

this is good stuff, whether eating healthy or not, I am sure you will enjoy!

Well done .. Creativity
The salad looks great .. well done on the pictures
Thanks for sharing

you are always so kind and supportive @slimanepro

saludos @gringalicius no soy bueno cocinando y estas recetas me abren el apetito, se ve muy buena e intentare que mi mama me la prepare, de lograrlo se lo haré saber con una fotografía y mi opinión. dios la cuide.

muchas gracias por tus comentarios

just made some blood orange cream-this time of the year they are just marvelous in taste-your post is absolutely delightful-00% up vote-thanks so much for sharing

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really awesome work-very lovely and tasteful

you are too kind


Looks really healthy and delicious!

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I like carrot))

good to know, thanks

We pretty much had the same fruits and veggies growing up but add celery to the mix. Your salad looks absolutely beautiful. So bright and colourful:)

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Your posts are always so beautiful:)

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I only have two things to say after seeing these pictures my dear. Yummy and it is time for lunch! Love it.

I hope you have a chance to make this for yourself

WOW! So fresh and delicious. I could eat this kind of food pretty much every day. Great post, beauty!

so kind, always, thanks so much @yasminep

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the fragrance of mint makes me hungry !

thanks for telling me @diya28

Oh my that looks so fresh and flavorful! You are seriously so creative... I don’t know how you come up with so many brilliant recipes all the time. 😊

very sweet of you to say @xcoruscate, thanks so much!

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It's so amazing post of food i like this item for salad love it😚😚😚

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Your welcome

colorful salad

thanks so much for commenting

That's a loooot of ingredients tho, pretty lady, although salt pepper turmeric and cinnamon is listed twice, so I guess fair enough 😂 would maple syrup makes the flavor different in a weird way, when combined with the rest?

As opposed to honey, I mean

I actually did add maple and the flavor goes well with the rest. Thanks @thekitchenfairy

Yeah, I saw in bracket you out maple just wanted to be sure as I find some dishes I cannot subs honey and maple without the flavor changing

Good to know


Wow so many ingredients..looks like delicious..

thanks so much for commenting

Your welcome dear..😃

Hmmmmm lezat... yummy :)

I'm so glad you like it @lord-geraldi!

Hi. I am Korean.

Delicious and healthy salads..

thanks so much for commenting

I’m gonna make this tomorrow👍
Thanks for the recipe friend!
Looks delicious

Oh, that's great. Enjoy @geneeverett!

Markovy salad looks beautiful. you can still add the beetroot is very tasty. I'm also going to show you the salad is simple and tasty. called tenderness. good post.

I love Morrocan dishes! 😍 Very colorful

I am thrilled you liked it @ximeta

Looks like yummy @gringalicious nice Recipe

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You very welcome
i appreciate your kind words

wow everyone would love to eat that it is made with love : )

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looks yummy

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fantastic thing you shared today thanks for your secret recipe :)

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great salad you have made this is exciting and wonderful

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This so delicious! The pictures you take are next level its as if you can smell the orange and other flavors from them! Really enjoy your post! thank you

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An interesting post for a friend thank you for sharing the recipe

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You are welcome, friend

I love to ribbon a carrot and add it in such a form to many of my dishes 😊 interesting recipe!

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Hi my dear! Oh today is Moroccan recipe! The salad looks so amazing! You made it with creativity.
Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday to you as well @creativewoman, thanks so much for your kind words

Good your posting.

Yes...ofcurse interesting.

Hey... @gringalicious. This is a delicious food recipe you shared. Great job. Always follow your activities. Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

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Fabulous!!What a great combination of flavors and colors!Love your presentation!😊❤️

very kind words, thanks so much @loveisintheair

So many colors!


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@gringalicious, you've created a very special recipe here! this salad looks amazing and those blood oranges... Yummy! :D

thanks so much, Anna. So sorry for the delay in responding, I've just been so crazy busy

Beautiful salad. It must take forever to ribbon carrots.

doing the carrots are actually fast, assuming you have the right tools

Great post as usual! You know what they say about colorful food; it's usually very healthy food.....well, unless it's a bag skittles! Taste the Rainbow! lol Hope you are well. From Cusco Peru! -Dan

Hey Dan, so sorry for the delay in responding. Crazy times. I am doing well, just super busy and stretched in so many directions. We'll talk more in later posts, I hope to hear from you more

Really awesome work very lovely and tastefull, Thanks for sharing the info.

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This looks amazing! I will definitely be trying out this salad 🙌💓

thanks so much for the kind words @celinacam

Carrot contain a high amount of beta-carotene and also have fungicide falcarinol. The use of carrots in the fight against cancer is well documented. So, this salad is rich in nutrients.

wow amazing

I love to cook and eat different dishes. but I have not been able to do well on steemit with my posts. would you help me out? @gringalicious

Looks delicious and beautiful! I love colorful, tasty salads :)

Hey, @vwd. So great to hear from you, thanks for reading!

I have a passion for salads, and fruits & veggies in general.

I am so glad to hear it, I hope this one works for you

wow this salad is looking amazing and delicious too at the same time so nicely prepared thanks for sharing

The image which you captured are really amazing why can't you try out other like this food photography 😊

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salads are not necessarily my thing, but this looks amazing!

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That was totally wonderful works, you just organized the content made the reader easily to stay, then about those ingredient, Lovely things and helpful information contained to other people, thanks @gringalicious, cause I will ask my wife to learn it and made the best one as tou did.

i'm from morocco, and i am well placed to rate your work i am amazed that you did it the right way thank you for promoting the moroccan cuisine