The Best Moroccan Salad Recipes
One of the most surprising things about eating in Morocco is how many great salads there are. Of course, many of these recipes don’t fit into the traditional notion of what a salad is, but they are veggie-focused and loaded with Moroccan flavors. In this post, we are the best Moroccan salad recipes we’ve found, using all sorts of ingredients and spices.
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What Is A Moroccan Salad?
When we traveled to Morocco in 2019, we were surprised at what is considered a salad in Morocco. It’s certainly not what we think of in the US or in the UK. Instead, they focus on tasty combinations of carrots, eggplant, chickpeas, and other healthy ingredients.
I loved all the varieties of salads that were served before many of our meals. There really isn’t a tradition of Moroccan appetizers, per se. But, many of our meals started with several small plates or bowls of various types of salads to share among the group.
Some Authentic Moroccan Salads
In Morocco, often meals started with a chopped or mixed salad that included tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, lettuce, or mint. These salads will be served before or alongside a tagine or couscous. Other times, a “Moroccan mixed salad” included rice, potatoes, eggs, or beets.
Zaalouk was one of my favorite things to eat in Morocco, but I love anything with eggplant. Zaalouk is made with roasted eggplant that is mixed with seasonings that might include paprika, ginger, garlic, black pepper, coriander, cumin, olive oil, and sometimes a little chili.
Tk’touka is another cold salad made with roasted peppers and roasted tomatoes, along with cumin, coriander, and lemon. Normally, the peppers are roasted in a wooden oven.
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How To Spice Up A Moroccan Salad Bowl
Want a quick and easy way to make any salad taste a little like Morocco? Add a bit of spicy Moroccan chili paste for flavor.
Harissa is a chili paste that is popular in Northern Africa cuisine. It’s normally made with a mix of chili peppers, cumin, and coriander. We fell in love with the flavor of harissa when traveling in Morocco.
Moroccan cuisine is not generally spicy, but harissa is served on the side of a lot of dishes allowing diners to add their own spice. I like to cook with harissa because we like spicy food and the harissa adds a depth of flavor that you can’t get from just adding fresh peppers.
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