Best Moroccan Salad Recipes

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. 

Best Moroccan Salad Recipes

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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.

Moroccan eggplant salad Zaalouk
Zaalouk in Morocco

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.

Want to learn more about traveling in Morocco for food? Check out these related posts: 

Traditional Moroccan Food – What To Eat In Morocco 

Morocco Packing List – What To Wear When Traveling In Morocco

Thinking about cooking in a tagine at home? Check out this post with recommendations on the Best Moroccan Tagine For The Home

Moroccan Salad Recipes

This list of Moroccan salad dishes incorporates carrots, eggplants, couscous, and even lamb into some tasty and unique options to bring the flavors of North Africa home.

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. 

You can also buy Mina harissa on Amazon here

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Best Moroccan Salad Recipes

Best Moroccan Salad Recipes

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See our other Moroccan recipe posts: 

The Best Moroccan Vegetable Recipes

Learn more about traveling to Morocco here:

Traditional Moroccan Food – What To Eat When Traveling In Morocco

How To Book A Food Tour In Morocco

What To Wear In Morocco – A Morocco Packing Guide

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