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Moroccan Cucumber Salad

A Crisp and Cool Cucumber Salad That Comes Together in Minutes

Thanks to its mild flavor, cucumber plays well with others — even pungent flavors. Salt, vinegar, hot peppers, and spices like dill and caraway likely first come to mind thanks to its popularity as a pickled vegetable, but it takes to sweeter ingredients with aplomb as well.

Cinnamon, citrus juice, and orange flower water seem like odd bedfellows for the crisp cuke, but if you add a generous dose of salt and let them mingle briefly, the resulting salad is exceptionally cool, refreshing, and a perfect pairing for any manner of spiced meat. Or, if you're like me, the dish is a satisfying snack in its own right; I devoured the entire bowl of salad in one sitting, bite after addictive, sweet, salty, floral bite.

Get the fast and easy recipe.

Moroccan Cucumber Salad

Moroccan Cucumber Salad


Orange flower water can be found in the international aisle, at some liquor stores, or online.

Moroccan Cucumber Salad


2 cucumbers, peeled and diced or grated
Kosher salt, to taste
The juice of 1 orange
The juice of 1/2 lemon
4 teaspoons orange flower water
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Place the diced cucumber in a colander, sprinkle generously with salt, and leave to drain for at least 10 minutes.
  2. If using shredded cucumber, gently wring out the excess moisture with your hands; omit this step if using chopped.
  3. Whisk together the orange and lemon juices, orange flower water, sugar, and half the cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Add the cucumber to the dressing, and toss to coat.
  5. Sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon and chill before serving.
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rb24 rb24 8 years
I am going to make it this week!
bookgirl bookgirl 8 years
Thanks, Yum!
Food Food 8 years
bookgirl - Orange flower water can be difficult to come by, look for it in the "ethnic" aisle of the grocery store, or at specialty stores. If you can't find it, substitute with 2 tsp orange extract or 3 tsp orange zest. It won't be quite the same, but should still taste great!
bookgirl bookgirl 8 years
This sounds delish, but where do you find orange flower water? Can I get it at the supermarket?
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Sounds great.
rainonme224 rainonme224 8 years
This sounds really yummy. I'll have to try it.
stacey717 stacey717 8 years
This is a great refreshing salad... the orange water and the cucumber crunch - just delicious! I'll have to have some of this again soon. It's the perfect summer salad.
SU3 SU3 8 years
I'm intrigued! definitely going to try this... I just hope I can find the orange flower water...
Food Food 8 years
rb24 - I haven't tried it with english cucumbers, but I bet it would work, it just might not be as juicy. give it a try and let us know!
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 8 years
looks yummy.
rb24 rb24 8 years
Can you only do this with regular cucumbers. What about english ones. If you used those would you still peel them since you can eat the skin? Sounds so refreshing
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