It wasn’t until we traveled to Morocco that we really started to appreciate Moroccan cuisine. Before that I wrongly assumed food in Morocco involved lamb, tagine, and couscous.
There are so many more options, though, for tasty Moroccan food that is vegetarian or vegan. In this post, we share our top recommendations for the best Moroccan vegetable recipes. This includes couscous, tagines, vegetarian, and vegan dishes.
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Learning About Dishes With Moroccan Vegetables
We love eating meat. We both think that bacon came from the heavens. When traveling in Morocco, though, we knew there wouldn’t be a plethora of pork on the menu. Sure, we knew we would be eating a good amount of chicken and lamb (both commonly coming in the form of a tagine). We even ate a little bit of camel.
But there was a pleasant surprise when traveling in Morocco. We visited the country on an Intrepid Morocco food tour. That meant we were exposed to so many more dishes and many of them were Moroccan recipes with vegetables.
We ate Moroccan veggies as side dishes and on top of couscous, added into tagines, and more. In fact, our favorite included all of the tasty Moroccan salads we ate, many of which were vegetarian. We were kind of surprised at how good all of the veggies were in Morocco.
What’s Included In Our List Of Favorite Moroccan Vegetable Dishes
Our list includes a wide variety of dishes to make at home. We have Moroccan side dishes and salads, including a tasty harissa eggplant salad. There’s also a traditional Moroccan vegan Moroccan recipe for roasted cauliflower steaks served with saffron rice.
There are Moroccan vegetarian recipes like a Moroccan chickpea and vegetable tagine, which can be served over couscous or on its own. There are also Moroccan vegetarian recipes including vegetarian Moroccan couscous.
Moroccan cuisine and its use of chickpeas and lentils also lends to some amazing soups and stews. Often these soups use healthy ingredients like pumpkin, butternut squash, and even green vegetables.
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The Best Moroccan Vegetable Recipes
In this post, we share our top recommendations for the best Moroccan vegetable recipes. This includes couscous, tagines, vegetarian, and vegan dishes.
A sweet and savory Moroccan pumpkin soup with chickpeas is a perfectly creamy alternative to a typical pumpkin soup. This Moroccan recipe is vegetarian and vegan and packed with protein because of all of the plump chickpeas.
This harissa-spiked Moroccan stew with pumpkin and chickpeas packs a punch of spice. Fresh carrots and raisins add a true taste of Moroccan cuisine. And this Moroccan pumpkin stew is filled with protein.
This authentic Moroccan vegetable tagine with couscous is perfect for your guests and full of nutritious vegetables, dried fruit, and Moroccan spices. It makes a beautiful presentation and can be served over couscous or your choice of grain.
This sheet pan harissa eggplant and carrot salad is full of delicious flavors and textures. The sweetness of roasted eggplants and carrots is enhanced by the spicy harissa. It's a great Moroccan vegetables side dish for any meal.
Moroccan lentil recipes are a great way to eat vegetarian. This tasty and flavorful Spiced Moroccan Lentil Soup is an easy to make soup. It’s not spicy but is full of flavor and veggies. Vegan and gluten-free, too!
Moroccan Carrot Red Lentil Soup is a meatless soup recipe packed full of flavor! Cumin, turmeric, coriander, paprika and cinnamon compliment the red lentils and carrots, creating a creamy, filling soup.
This vegan butternut squash soup is loaded with Moroccan inspired flavors of curry powder, cumin, paprika, and sage. And the best part is that the oven does all the work for you in roasting these hearty, healthy veggies! This squash soup is super cozy and inviting – perfect for when the temps start to drop but you still want to make sure you’re getting all your veggies.
This easy, nourishing, one-pot meal is perfect for warming up in colder months and is super tasty: garlic, olive oil, paprika, oregano add a depth of flavor to the chickpeas and the tomatoes. The end result is a creamy filling soup that really packs a nutritional punch.
Want a quick and easy way to make any vegetable dish 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.
Amber Hoffman, the food and travel writer behind Food And Drink Destinations and The Bean Bites Recipe Blog, is a recovering attorney and professional eater, with a passion for helping people travel for food and drink. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Limerick, Ireland, after spending three years living in Spain. Together over the last 20 years, they have traveled to over 70 countries.