Blog Archive

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Moroccan Salads, Part II

A portion of the sixteen small appetizer plates served at a favorite Marrakech restaurant

Moroccan Salads, Part II

by Victoria Challancin

The concept of salad varies greatly from the East to the West. And nowhere is this more true than in Morocco, where salads play a big part in the cuisine. Served as appetizers, these small dishes are intended to sharpen the appetite and refresh the palate. They often appear on the table in small groups and are generally left there when the main dishes arrive.

In addition to the fresh, raw salads I wrote about in the last post, Moroccan salads also frequently appear on the table served in small portions to be eaten with bread. Almost dip-like in consistency, many of these salads showcase a variety of spices popularly used in Morocco: cumin, ginger, paprika, and cinnamon, to name but a few. Here are a few photos that I took on recent trips to Morocco, which reflect a variety of such salads served across the country.

Zalouk, a popular salad made from eggplant and tomato, which I prepared in a cooking class at La Maison Arabe in Marrakech

A slightly different selection of small salad plates from Fés

Again from Fés, a selection of salads to stimulate the appetite before an even larger meal

Tiny portions, served on saucers

Cooked salads from Chefchaouen served with handmade, olive wood spoons

A delicious, simple salad, partly cooked, partly raw, from the home of friends Youssef and Fatimah

Another view of the selection of salads from a fabulous restaurant in the heart of the old Fés medina

Composed and cooked, a melange of salads from Meknes
This photo, which shows the salads left on the table after main dishes are served, gives a bit of perspective on the actual size of the salad servings

No comments: