Moroccan cucumber salad

Moroccan cucumber salad with orange and oregano

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Moroccan cucumber and orange salad is a summer fixture on a Fassi table (from Fez).

I realised this type of furry cucumber is not furry elsewhere and it’s called Armenian cucumber. In Morocco, we call this particular type feqqous/Feggous. However, you can substitute for its regular cousin.

Feggous salad is light, refreshing and a good fit for a summer table. Add more orange juice or a homemade lemonade and you get the juice version which is also a typical drink during summer in Fez.

Moroccan cucumber salad

Moroccan cucumber salad . Credit @Nada Kiffa

A question of balance

Feqqous is rather a furry cucumber and you eat it all, while some types of cucumber, especially the other one found in Morocco, requires a bit of peeling and sometimes we need to discard its seeds.Every ingredient in this recipe is there for a reason and they should all come together in the end: vinegar/salt/sugar should not overpower each other. Orange juice, depending on its sweetness or sourness defines how much sugar is to be added.

Moroccan cucumber salad with orange and oregano

  • 500 gram armenian cucumber (1/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice )
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp wild oregano (dried)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed. )
  1. Grate the cucumber either finely or roughly.

  2. Mix all ingredients and set aside to cool before serving.

  3. Serve in small bowls or deep plates.

  4. The salad keeps well in a cold place for up to 24 hours.

Top this salad with a mix of orange juice and water or fresh lemonade and blend it. You will get a refreshing juice.

 

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