I grew up in Morocco having Moroccan side dishes at almost every meal. Most of the time, one side dish is usually enough, but at family gatherings and celebrations, the more side dishes the better.
If you’ve ever been to Morocco, you know how predominant Moroccan side dishes are in Moroccan cuisine. They are an important component of any Moroccan menu. In fact, they are as important and necessary as the main dish. In Morocco, we usually serve them in little colorful plates that encircle the main dish.
The table should look colorful and appetizing, as Moroccans express their love through food.
Moroccan side dishes are VERY delicious and compete with the popular Moroccan tagines and stews. When you are at a Moroccan table, you will find yourself reaching to the side dishes as often as you are reaching to the main dish.
And the good thing is, Moroccan side dishes are really easy to make! Not so sure? Just try these recipes below and you will be amazed. They are the easiest and tastiest Moroccan side dishes to make. You will get tons of compliments, I promise.
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The Best Moroccan Side Dishes to Try
These side dishes go with Moroccan lamb tagines, beef tagines, chicken tagines, or any vegetable tagine. You can also serve them as a main dish if made in a large-sized serving.
Here is the list of my favorite and most requested Moroccan side dishes recipes. They are easy to make and every bite will taste like being on vacation in Morocco.
Moroccan Carrot Salad
This is one of my favorite Moroccan side dishes to make. It takes less than 30 minutes total and it’s full of flavors and vitamins. I make it all the time when I am having guests and I always get tons of compliments.
The aromatics combined with the carrots give a delicious fresh citrusy flavor. This carrot salad is great hot, tepid, or cold. Serve it with fresh bread or as an appetizer.
Here is my mother’s carrot salad recipe.
Moroccan Marinated Olives
Moroccan marinated olives are a blessing. Every Moroccan kitchen has jars and jars of homemade marinated olives ready to use. We use them as a side dish, as appetizers or to decorate tagine dishes.
Making them is as easy as mixing your olives with spices and aromatics and filling your jars. They make a thoughtful gift too. A must.
Here is my mother’s marinated olives recipe.
Moroccan Pepper Salad
There are different ways to make Moroccan pepper salad. The traditional way starts by roasting the peppers and tomatoes on a grill or in the oven to add a delicious roast flavor.
This pepper salad is delicious cold or tepid. Eat it with fresh bread or as a tapas, or add it to your sandwiches and salads. It tastes amazing.
Here is my mother’s Moroccan pepper salad recipe.
Moroccan Orange Salad
This is a sweet alternative to Moroccan side dishes which you can also serve as a dessert.
Here is my mother’s orange salad recipe.
This orange salad is probably the easiest dessert you can make. The secret ingredient is orange blossom water which makes every ingredient stand out. This orange salad recipe requires a few ingredients and you can make it in less than 5 minutes.
If you want to explore Moroccan cuisine to its fullest, here are the Moroccan cookbooks that I always recommend to my friends.
Best Moroccan side dish cookbooks
Hi Safa, thank you for this amazing blog! I’ve been following you for a year now and every recipe I made was a success. Do you recommend any particular Moroccan cookbook to gift to someone curious about Moroccan cuisine?
Response from Moroccanzest
Hi Nicole! Of course! I just added a link in the article to my favorite Moroccan cookbooks of all time. It’s kinda hard to identify the best cookbooks with the many options out there, so I hope my selection will help with that -xx
I hosted a dinner last weekend and had my daughter in law who is Moroccan. We traveled to Morocco together two years ago and she showed me around. That was one of my favorite trips. The food was excellent. The architecture was magical. So my Moroccan dinner was a surprise and oh, what a surprise! She really really loved every dish I made and was surprised that I could find the traditional recipes. The carrot salad, the orange salad, the marinated olives, the chicken tagine, and the mint tea. All recipes were from your website so thank you so much. I can’t wait to try more recipes.
Response from Moroccanzest
aww, thank you Lisa and I’m happy your daughter-in-law loved the recipes. When Moroccans say they love a dish, it means they REALLY love it. So you should be proud. Cheers to many more Moroccan dinners and parties -xx
tried the delicious carrot salad
I tried the carrot salad yesterday and it was delicious. I also just purchased your recipe ebook and the format is great, perfect for my recipe box. I really can’t wait to dive more into Moroccan cuisine.thank you
you saved my party!
thank you safa, I’ve been trying your recipes for months now and they never disappointed me. I had a family gathering last weekend and I prepared 3 of your side dishes, the carrot salad, the marinated olives and the orange salad . You know what? My family LOVED every single dish and I got tons of compliments. now, they call me chef jenny! the recipes were really easy to make and took me less than one hour total. I can’t thank you enough.
Response from Moroccanzest
aww so happy you and your family enjoyed the recipes, jenny! -xx