Moroccan pastries can be complex to make or at least time consuming. There is however one easy dessert, the Moroccan orange dessert salad, served in every Moroccan house and a staple in Moroccan cuisine. This orange salad is healthy, delicious and impossible to mess up. You will only need a couple of oranges, some aromatics and one or two minutes of your time.
Delicious and delicate, made with fresh oranges, raw honey and orange blossom water, this Moroccan orange salad dessert is truly a gem.
I grew up eating this dessert quite regularly and honestly, it was one of my favorites as a child. It’s one of the healthiest pastry alternatives you can find for your family, and one of the most delicious with its fresh Moroccan flavor.
The main ingredient is the oranges. The best oranges are the ones that are juicy and sweet, but if you can’t find that kind of oranges, that’s still fine. You can adjust the lack of sweetness by adding more honey or any sweetener of your choice.
As a sweetener, the traditional recipe uses raw honey. The reason behind this is because Moroccans consider this orange dessert salad as a healthy alternative to traditional pastries. Each ingredient is chooses with great care to give the body good immune-boosting properties.
Raw honey is full of antioxidants and super helpful to the immune system. If you don’t have it in your kitchen when making this recipe, you can use any kind of sugar, agave syrup or maple syrup. They will all work perfectly.
Another important ingredient in this recipe is orange blossom water, a Moroccan kitchen essential, and the aromatic used in most Moroccan pastries. Orange blossom water has also relaxing properties. In fact, in Morocco, we often spray it in the air when hosting a celebration to put the guests in a good mood.
My only recommendation is to invest in Organic orange blossom water to get the best health benefits and taste results. Good quality orange blossom water costs between 10 to 15 dollars depending on where you live. If you don’t have it yet, I highly recommend getting one asap. You can incorporate it to most of your desserts and sweet doughs or add a few drops to your tea for a relaxing effect. You can also use it as a deep beauty treatment. It’s really versatile.
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Moroccan Orange Dessert Recipe (Exotic & Easy)
- In a small bowl, mix the orange juice with orange blossom water and honey and reserve in a cool place
- Delicately peel the oranges then cut them into round slices
- Arrange orange slices in a serving dish then sprinkle them evenly with the cool juice you already prepared
- Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon. Decorate with some mint leaves
- Serve fresh
my husband loved it
my husband is on a diet but has a sweet tooth. This dessert was perfect! Healthy and sweet enough to satisfy him. the oranges with orange blossom water were sooo good. thank you Safa, I am loving all of your recipes
Response from Moroccanzest
thank you, Loni! If your husband needs to reduce his sugar intake, try to use sweeter oranges (those that are not very acidic). This way, you use the natural sugar of the oranges and cut honey quantity by half. xx
Everybody loves it!
Really easy to make, taste very amazing, fresh orange perfect. Thanks Safa
my kids loved it
I have kids who don’t like oranges. with this recipe, it was magic! Honey and cinnamon cover orange acidity and the orange blossom water gives a delicious taste. I recommend.
really really delicious! thank you
perfect for spring time
super fresh and flavorful, and so easy to make. thank you for sharing the recipe