401 – Moroccan Potato Salad / سلطة بطاطس

This Potato salad with Charmoula is a staple side dish in Moroccan cuisine. You can serve it hot, warm, or cold! Yummy!

Ingredients

  • 500 g of potatoes
  • 1/4 preserved lemon – just the skin (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Chili pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt (to taste)

Directions

1- First, peel the potatoes and cut them into evenly bite-size cubes. 
2- Place the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook the potatoes until tender. you should be able to easily slice through with a fork. Don’t overcook them! 
3- Drain the potatoes from the water and keep on the side. 
4- Now let’s prepare the rest of the ingredients. 
5- Quarter a preserved lemon. Remove the pulp from a quarter, and chop the skin into small pieces. 
6- Grate the garlic cloves. Chop some fresh cilantro and some fresh parsley.
7- In a flat pan, on low heat, drizzle the olive oil, add the grated garlic and the spices: paprika, ground cumin, and chili pepper. Mix and cook for 1 minute. 
8- Add some fresh lemon juice… then place the potatoes in this sauce. Gently mix in the potatoes so that every piece is coated with yumminess. 
9- Add the chopped cilantro and parsley. Mix and cook for 2 minutes.
Now add the preserved lemon pieces. Mix. 
Taste first and finally add salt – remember preserved lemons are very salty. Cook for another minute and serve immediately. 
10- Yes, you can add more fresh cilantro on top! Hot, Warm, or Cold.