Appetizers, Dips & Soups

Fresh vegetables from the Souk are the basis of all these starters.

It is worth noting that parsley and coriander are “sister” ingredients in the moroccan kitchen. Sold in mixed bunches they are referred to together in these recipes.


This hearty, comforting soup is traditionally served as a central part of the breakfast meal during the holy month of Ramadan. It is normally accompanied by dates and shebbakiya


Cauliflower heads can be roasted, grilled, boiled, fried, steamed, pickled, or eaten raw.


Simple yet delicious salad with cabbage, raising and mayonnaise


Maakouda, maqouda or maakouda  is not a traditional moroccan recipe and can be found in other north-african countries, but is a fantastic starter and is cooked in Morocco especially during Ramadan.


Traditionally, Moroccans eat briouates stuffed with homemade goat cheese called jebli, but any melting cheese will do. Edam is particularly popular in Marrakech, but you can try these out with gouda, fontina, or cheddar, too.


Bessara is a traditional Moroccan winter soup. However, by simply adding less water while cooking, this recipe makes for a delicious dip to be eaten during the warmer months. Serve warm or chilled topped with smoked paprika, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil. Dip in a variety of sliced veggies, bread, or pita chips.


Try this version or cooked rice and enjoy Moroccan flavors at their best. Simple to cook yet delicious appetizer.


Light and refreshing Moroccan beet salad, a colorful and healthy addition to any Moroccan meal.


This delicious nut butter is eaten for breakfast with matloa, baghrir, msemmen, etc. Use like any other nut butter (in sandwiches, smoothies, or with cut fruit).


Delicious and healthy Vegan salad which is easy to prepare all year round.

tomato salad

A fresh easy to make tomato salad, the moroccan way!

pumpkin salad

A favorite with the Marrakech Riad guests, the moroccan pumpkin salad is easy to make all year round.


Taktouka is a fresh salad made out of fresh vegetables like tomatoes, onions, paprika, peppers.The word “Taktouka” (Arabic:طقطوقة) is derived from “taktak” (Arabic:طقطق) which means “to grind” in Arabic.


Zaalouk also known as babaganoush, aubergine or eggplant caviar, is a delicious Seasonal Moroccan salad, a must-have with every Moroccan meal!