Sunday, March 16, 2014

Moorish Salad

In Trinidad when something tastes good, we say that it is moorish because you want more of it.  Chef Jamie Oliver may have been thinking along the lines of a Middle Eastern influenced salad but I find the Trini meaning to be very applicable as well. 

Moorish Salad
Serves 4


1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
4 apples, sliced thinly 
juice of  1 lime or  1/2 lemon
1 large carrot, matchstick slices
4 radishes, sliced thinly
1 handful fresh parsley and
or 1 handful fresh mint
1/4 cup raisins

salt ( to taste)
freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons tahini paste
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Use a large frying pan. Heat the sesame seeds in the frying pan on medium high heat. Shake the pan and turn the seeds with a spoon occasionally. Remove from the heat when the seeds darken and are fragrant. Set aside to cool. 

Quarter your apples, remove the cores and thinly slice. Put the apple slices to soak in a bowl of water with a squeeze of lime. I do this to keep the apples from turning brown quickly. Slice carrot into very thin sticks. Slice your radishes thinly. Rough chop the parsley and or the mint.

Drain the water from the apples and combine in a large bowl with the carrots, radishes, raisins, parsley and or the mint. Toss the salad with the sesame seeds. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve with a spoonful of tahini paste at the side or on top.


  1. Looks delicious -full of nice crunchy bits!

  2. Fresh, crunchy, easy...sounds like a great summer salad too. A no fuss meal when it gets to be too toasty to cook very much.

  3. that's a great word, and perfect for this salad!

  4. I really do enjoy your blog so I've nominated you for the Sunshine and Shine On awards. you can have a look and decide if you'd like to give it a go! Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Really very sweet of you Chari, Thank you:-)

  5. I enjoy all the textures and colors of your salad...just lovely!

  6. Ohh me encanta tu receta se ve estupenda y saludable ...bien servida,abrazos.

  7. wow....this is one utterly delectable very moreish salad....we would happily make this up for a light lunch,thanks so much for sharing :-)

  8. yum yum! I like the idea of this salad & that dressing.

  9. pretty nice blog, following :)

  10. This is such a lovely salad, perfect with the tahini and sesame! Definitely, Moorish. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Lovely salad and images Wizzy! My husband also often calls things moreish (love this word)... must be Caribbean thing :)