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 as important and necessary as the main dish. In Morocco, we usually serve them in little colorful plates encircling the main dish.
I grew up in Morocco having side dishes with almost every meal. Most of the time, one side dish is usually enough. But on special occasions or when having close guests, the more side dishes the better.
The table should look colorful and appetizing, as Moroccans express their love through food.
The good thing about Moroccan side dishes is their deliciousness. They compete completely with Moroccan main dishes like the tagines and stews. In fact, you will find yourself reaching to them as often as you are reaching to the main dish.
And above all, they are easy to make. Give them a try, I am sure you will fall in love.
These side dishes go with Moroccan lamb tagines, beef tagines, chicken tagines or any vegetable tagine. You can also serve them with any dish. They are very versatile.
The Best Moroccan Side Dishes to Try
Here is a list of my favorite and most requested Moroccan side dishes and recipes. They are easy to make, extra-fragrant and every bite will be like a 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.
Talking about desserts, 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.
Here is my mother’s orange salad recipe.