Moroccan pastries can be complex to make or at least time-consuming. There is however one very easy dessert, the Moroccan orange desserts salad, served in every Moroccan house, and a staple in Moroccan cuisine.
If you’ve never made this Moroccan orange salad, prepare yourself to have a culinary revelation in your kitchen. The steps are easy, the ingredients are simple and you will be amazed at the deliciousness you will be able to create.
Delicious and delicate, made with fresh oranges, raw honey, and orange blossom water, this Moroccan orange dessert is truly a gem. Healthy, delicious, and impossible to mess up.
This recipe is so easy and delicious that it’s one of the most popular recipes on Moroccanzest, becoming part of our highly requested Moroccan Recipe Cards.
I grew up eating this dessert quite regularly and honestly, it was one of my favorites orange desserts as a child. It’s one of the healthiest dessert options 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 an 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.
If you don’t have it yet, get one asap. It’s a really good investment. You can use it to flavor your desserts and sweet doughs. You can also add a few drops to your tea for a relaxing effect or use it as a deep beauty treatment. It’s really versatile.
My only recommendation is to invest in natural orange blossom water to get the best flavors along with some real health benefits. Good quality orange blossom water costs between 10 to 15 dollars depending on where you live. This Corta Orange blossom water is a classic and a non-brainer.
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Moroccan Orange Dessert Recipe (Exotic & Easy)
- 2 big oranges
- ½ tsp distilled orange blossom water
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp honey or same quantity sugar, agave syrup or maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- a few mint Leaves optional
- In a small bowl, mix the orange juice with the orange blossom water and honey. Reserve in a cool place.
- Delicately peel the oranges then cut them into round slices.
- Arrange the orange slices in a serving dish. Sprinkle them evenly with the cool juice you already prepared.
- Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon. Decorate with some mint leaves.
- Serve fresh.
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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
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thank you for this delicious healthy dessert and all your other recipes. they are easy and delicious which is hard to find.
perfect for the hot season and delicious
yummy and refreshing
thank you so much for sharing your family recipe. I am a big fan of your recipes. toni
Everybody loves it!
Really easy to make, taste very amazing, fresh orange perfect. Thanks Safa