Moroccan Grated Carrot and Beet Salad

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Moroccan shredded carrot and fresh beet salad with raisins, cumin, cinnamon, and paprika, and an honey lemon dressing.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Raw beets, really?

Yep. To this daughter of a midwesterner, beets only come two ways, roasted or boiled and then “pickled” in a vinaigrette.

The first time I had raw beets, in a matchstick carrot and beet salad at a local Moroccan restaurant, it was a revelation. They’re just like carrots! But ruby red.

Moroccan Grated Beet and Carrot Salad

Here’s my take on the Moroccan classic, a raw shredded carrot and beet salad seasoned with cinnamon, paprika, and cumin, honey, lemon, and mint. Lovely and light as a side to chicken, turkey, or lamb.

Moroccan Grated Carrot and Beet Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

We always have fresh mint growing in yard somewhere, which is why I like tossing it into salads. If you don't have easy access to fresh mint for this recipe, just skip it.


  • 2 cups of grated carrots (from about 3 carrots)
  • 1 cup of grated fresh beets (from about 1 medium sized peeled beet)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (sweet, not hot)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Small pinch of salt
  • Small pinch of cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 Tbsp sliced fresh mint leaves


1 Rinse the grated beets, combine with carrots and raisins: Place the grated carrots in a medium sized serving bowl.

Place the grated beets into a sieve and briefly rinse with cold water. This will rinse away a little of the excess beet juice that may otherwise color the whole salad beet red.  Pat dry with a paper towel.

Then add to the bowl with the carrots.  Add the raisins.  Stir to gently combine.

2 Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the paprika, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne. Then add the lemon juice and honey and whisk until smooth.

3 Dress the carrots and beets, let sit for an hour: Drizzle over the the carrots and beets, then gently fold until the carrots and beets are lightly coated.  Let sit for an hour before serving, either chilled or at room temperature, for the dressing to seep into the carrots and beets.

4 Stir in sliced mint before serving: Right before serving, stir in a couple tablespoons of sliced fresh mint leaves. Garnish with fresh mint.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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24 Comments / Reviews

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  1. Kristie

    How long does it last for?

  2. Peggy O’Connell

    I made this recipe for lunch today! It is absolutely delicious and easy to make!!!
    Thank you!

  3. Dianne

    Love this recipe! Even more fun when the carrots and beets are spiralized: so fancy


  4. Tiffany

    Delish. I swapped the cayenne with ginger and added a pinch of ground clove and walnuts. So amazing.


  5. Chelsea Peddler

    Hi Elise,
    I LOVE your site and frequently read it just for fun. I made this today and it was AWESOME. I thought the dressing was so perfect I am trying to figure out what else to put it on. Also I really appreciated a new way to get in more beets as they are so good for us. Thanks so much for this recipe and all your work! (Also thanks to Mary as grated beets in plain yogurt with pepper sounds yummy to me also).


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