Let’s be honest, Moroccans love meat. In fact, it is very rare to meet a vegan Moroccan. However, Moroccan cuisine counts many vegetarian Moroccan food and dishes that are worth the try, whether you are a vegan or not.
Moroccan cuisine is known for being one of the finest cuisines in the world. Very tasty and rich-flavored, it is also known for being a cuisine that satisfies most tastes and diets. And vegans are no exception. In fact, even if the meat is part of many Moroccan dishes, most Moroccan recipes can be prepared without it, and still be absolutely delicious.
Moroccans’ love for meat has certainly to do with Moroccan culture, however, Moroccans are more and more aware of how unhealthy a meat-based diet can be. That’s why many of them try to reduce their meat portions. I remember, years ago when I was living full time in Morocco, most local restaurants had only one vegetarian Moroccan food option for vegans and it was salads. But now, things have incredibly changed, and you can potentially order a vegan version for every Moroccan dish.
That’s also the case for restaurants outside Morocco specialized in Moroccan cuisine. Restaurant owners will certainly have at least one vegan dish in the menu to meet vegan customers diet.
That being said, if you ever find yourself in a Moroccan restaurant where you don’t see a main vegan dish (it’s very unlikely but let’s explore all the possibilities, right?), you will still have all the delicious Moroccan salads to choose from. They are vegan, colorful and so yummy with very different flavors. But I will get to that later in this post.
Best Vegetarian Moroccan Food
There are many delicious vegetarian dishes to choose from. Either you are visiting Morocco or planning to go to a local Moroccan restaurant, here is a list of vegetarian Moroccan food really worth your try.
1. Moroccan Vegan Couscous
Moroccan couscous is certainly one of Morocco most internationally famous and loved dishes. Many chefs around the world were inspired by it creating amazing dishes. However, the most delicious and authentic Moroccan Couscous you can taste is the one you can have in Morocco or, if you are outside Morocco, in a Moroccan restaurant held by Moroccans. Authentic Couscous is complex to make and takes time to prepare. There are many versions of Moroccan couscous (link) depending on the occasion, and the couscous with 7 vegetables is the most common one. Although it is traditionally made with meat, many Moroccan restaurants have now the vegetarian version which is also very popular among Moroccans.
1. Moroccan Vegan Tajines
Moroccan tajines are also very popular in Morocco and outside the country. Moroccan tajines are part of Moroccans’ everyday meals as they are healthy, affordable and easy to make. Like Moroccan couscous, there are dozens of varieties of Moroccan tajines and Moroccans can get very creative with recipes. There are two main categories: salty tajines, mainly made with vegetables, and sweet-and-salty tajines mixing vegetables and caramelized fruits. Both types can be made with meat or be completely vegan. Whether you are a vegan or not, you will be thrilled to explore the different vegan tajine recipes and versions.
And the good news, Moroccan tajines are very easy to make, like this recipe of Moroccan tajine with peas. Just skip the meat step and respect every other step. You will end up with a delicious vegan meal ready in no time.
2. Moroccan Salads
There is nothing boring about Moroccan salads. I visited many countries and tried many local salads, and Moroccan salads are for me, with no doubt, among the best.
Moroccan salads are an important part of the Moroccan table. The more salads, the better. They are generally served in small plates at the same time as the main dish, so you can eat from both.
They also have different flavors, so each salad is really unique.