Spicy Orange Moroccan Salad

Spicy Orange Moroccan Salad ~ this is a fruit salad like nothing you’ve ever had before, I promise! With fresh juicy oranges paired with earthy oil cured olives, tons of fresh parsley and a burst of cayenne, this unusual Middle Eastern citrus salad will blow you away.

Spicy Orange Moroccan Salad with black olives

This stunning and healthy salad can be made all year round, and it will be a burst of sunshine during the winter months when citrus season is in full swing. It’s low carb, gluten free, vegan, whole 30 and Paleo compliant.

Fresh oranges for Spicy Moroccan Orange Salad

This salad will kick start your taste buds into gear for the upcoming citrus season.

Citrus salads are rooted in Mediterranean cuisines. In Sicily it might be as simple as sliced oranges dressed with parsley, olive oil and black pepper. Sometimes there will be red onion, or fennel, and a variety of fresh herbs. I threw some crumbled feta on this salad at the last minute.

This salad is a winner. The salty tang of the Greek olives with the sweet juiciness of the oranges and the hint of cayenne pepper is taste I want to return to a lot this winter. I’m looking forward to lots of variations of this salad when all the beautiful citrus starts coming into season in the next weeks.

Spicy Orange Moroccan Salad with black olives

I love bright citrus salads and I’ve done a bunch of them on my blog. Try my Pickled Blackberry and Grapefruit Salad, or my Spicy Citrus Salad with Black Olives for more inspiration.

5 from 3 votes

Spicy Orange Moroccan Salad

Spicy Orange Moroccan Salad ~ With fresh juicy oranges paired with earthy oil cured olives, tons of fresh parsley and a burst of cayenne, this unusual Middle Eastern citrus salad will blow you away.
Course Salad
Cuisine Moroccan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 large seedless oranges
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp red-wine or sherry vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 12 pitted black olives preferably imported Greek or Italian.


  • Peel the oranges, paring away all the exterior white pulp. Cut each orange into wedges. Cut each wedge into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
  • Place the cayenne, paprika, garlic, olive oil and vinegar in a salad bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and whisk to combine. Add the oranges, parsley and olives. Toss gently to blend. Serve cold or at room temperature.

notes and variations

*Recipe by Amanda Hesser
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

 Make it your own ~

  • Make it with other citrus fruits ~ this would be wonderful with blood oranges, tangerines, or pink grapefruit.


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    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits
    November 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    5 stars
    That photo of the salad could be posted on my wall. It’s so beautiful and colorful that it makes me think that the salad can taste nothing else but wonderful.

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    Veronica Gantley
    November 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Not much on lamb, but I love that salad. You had me at olives. I adore them. Thanks for sharing.

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    November 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Can I come over for dinner? 😀 Looks delicious!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    November 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Funny you all should mention prunes—I’ve been craving them lately and I made a failed attempt at a prune muffin recipe this week, so I’ve given up on them for now. The olives look so plump because I accidentally bought them with the pits in.

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    November 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Now that is one gorgeous looking salad. I love the combination of orange and olive flavors. This type of salad is wonderful with a winter stew and crusty bread. It helps to remind us of spring and summers bounty. This is a lovely recipe and you’ve given us gorgeous photos to accompany it. What time is dinner? Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

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    Hungry Dog
    November 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    That’s a knockout dinner! Those meatballs look amazing. And the salad is lovely and wintery and bright. I love those oil cured olives.

    I’ve always been a fan of Amanda Hesser.

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    November 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Oh wow, that looks so great! I have a cold right now and that orange salad is calling my name!! and with the salty olives, sounds fantastic! I’ll be making this at some point.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    November 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Very nice change of pace – it looks and sounds fantastic. Love the olives and oranges and your photos are incredible! Thanks and have a lovely weekend.

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    November 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Can I come over for dinner?! Looks so pretty – would love to try making this citrus salad.

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    the gardener's cottage
    November 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    omg, this looks so good. i must try it. when i do i will report back.

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    Susan Lindquist
    November 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Mmm! I want to come to dinner at your house! Excellent salad! Yes! I thought those olives were prunes too … and actually they wouldn’t be bad on that salad either! Love the whole meal you prepared! That Amanda Hesser surely is a powerhouse …

    Your photos are just beautiful, Sue!

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    November 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    This Moroccan salad looks fantastic! Great post!

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    November 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Your photos are marvelous, Sue. I enjoyed the post and the salad looks lovely…I thought the olives were prunes at first too! 🙂

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    Heather @ girlichef.com
    November 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    “…if we always had new types of food at home, we would lose touch with an essential part of our personal histories.” <-----I just love that! This salad (& the meatballs) looks awesome. Those olives are so fat, I thought they were prunes at first glance. Ha! Delicious choice and a fun look at Amanda =)

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