When I think back to our trip to Morocco, what I remember are the oranges. Insanely vivid, fresh, perfumey. I found these black garbanzos at our local co-op and invented this salad inspired by Morocco, with a lightly spicy dressing, fresh peppers, and oranges. I served this up on one of the beautiful little platters we brought home.
These teeny chickpeas, the other name for garbanzos, are dark brown rather than black, and about half the size of their tan cousins. After cooking them to a nicely tender state, I gave them some baby bell pepper slices to play with in the bowl, along with the tangerines.
The dressing has spicy Asian notes, appropriate for a country that’s at the crossroads of the world. Ras el hanout is a spice mixture made up of cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ground chili peppers, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, peppercorn, and turmeric. Each blend is unique to the person making it. If you don’t have it in your cupboard, you can substitute Chinese five-spice powder.I imagine a caravan of camels padding along, honing in on the next oasis, and seeing those orange trees up ahead. I’ve never seen oranges that color outside of Morocco.
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