Moroccan cucumber salad with orange and oregano

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

Moroccan cucumber salad with orange and oregano

Nada
Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Grater

Ingredients
  

  • 500 gram armenian cucumber 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar or more to taste
  • 1 tsp wild oregano dried
  • 1/3 cup orange juice freshly squeezed.

Instructions
 

  • Grate the cucumber either finely or roughly.
  • Mix all ingredients and set aside to cool before serving.
  • Serve in small bowls or deep plates.
  • The salad keeps well in a cold place for up to 24 hours.

Notes

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

 

Author: Nada

Nada Kiffa is an Expert in Moroccan cooking and her recipes are coming from a lineage of Moroccan home and professional cooks. Cooking classes and posted articles are inspired by her family life in Morocco and elsewhere. You will learn what makes a dish Moroccan before learning how to execute it. You will also learn how to work around recipes and cut corners without missing on the flavour.

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