Aromatic Moroccan Salad

by Jacqueline on June 1, 2012

Aromatic Moroccan Salad

A Taste of Morocco

Not sure about your experience but I haven’t been particularly fortunate when it comes to Barbeques. I don’t own one but have always been met with sheer disappointment whenever someone is hosting a BBQ. The scent tends to overdeliver on the actual taste.

Let me set the scene; it’s a warm, bright sunny afternoon, birds are tweeting, the lawn is a vibrant green colour; picture perfect for al fresco dining. All is well with the world, all I need now is a cold drink and some charcoal infused meat, dripped with their wonderful juices, wrapped up in a soft, floury bun. Ahhhhh….

What I actually end up getting is meat which is burnt to a crisp on the outside, cold and raw on the inside. Urgh!

It’s true, I haven’t researched enough in terms of what makes a good BBQ but I’ve been put off by all the horror stories so much, that I ‘ve tended just to avoid them altogether. The only things I would tend to BBQ would be either fish or vegetables. I don’t have a BBQ of course, so the next best thing for me is the grill. For those participating in National BBQ Week, this recipe for Aromatic Moroccan Salad can be prepared using the BBQ. Who knows? It may even conjure up thoughts of Marrakech!

The taste to take you back to Morocco

Djemaa el Fna Town Square, Marrakech

Evening approaches in Morroco

Have a bit of downtime, Moroccan style

This recipe has been adapted from When I make this next time round, I’ll probably replace the tomatoes with courgettes (zucchini) as the texture of the tomato means that it does not hold the marinade as well as the other ingredients.

Ideally, you want to be wearing polythene gloves to prepare the marinade. Being a complete numpty, I didn’t and as a result I had yellow fingers and a yellow stained worktop. Not a great look!


Aromatic Moroccan Salad

Prep Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 2 for Main course with Couscous

With this recipe, allow extra time for marinating the vegetables and allowing them to cool post grilling/BBQ.


    For the Salad
  • 3 medium size peppers (red,yellow and green), seeded and cut in half lengthways
  • 2 small aubergines (eggplant), peeled and cut lengthwise and then into 1 inch thick slices
  • 2 plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthways
  • 1 jalepeno chilli pepper (red or green), cut in half lengthways, remove seeds if desired
  • For the Marinade
  • 1/2 cup of lime juice (I used 2 large limes)
  • 1/2 cup of coriander (cilantro), leaves and stems, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 35ml of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of tumeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of red chilli flakes
  • Season with
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt


  1. Put the olive oil, cumin, tumeric, garlic, lime juice, chilli flakes, coriander into a blender and pulse until mixture is sufficiently blended.
  2. Arrange the aubergines, peppers, chilli and tomato in a large bowl and pour over the marinade. Toss the vegetables around in the bowl to ensure they are well coated in the marinade.
  3. Allow to marinate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Pre-heat the grill.
  5. Arrange the vegetables on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes for each side or until a blackened coating is achieved.
  6. Remove from grill and allow to cool on a board.
  7. When ready to serve, cut the grilled vegetables into bite-size pieces.
  8. Add the vegetables to a serving dish and season with lemon juice, salt and olive oil


The flavours in this Moroccan Salad are quite intense, so it makes sense to serve it with something that has a subtle flavour. Following the Moroccan theme, some fresh couscous served with salad would do nicely.

Have you had any BBQ Disasters? I’d love to hear about them :-)

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Fiona Maclean June 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I went to the Weber Barbecue Academy recently…learnt SO much! up till now my BBQ efforts have been a bit dismal.

The salad looks pretty fab though!


2 Jacqueline June 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Barbeque Academy no less? No doubt I need to take a trip over there when I’m next in the UK! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has not had much success with BBQ’s. Did you end up buying a BBQ Fiona?


3 Monet June 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm

It is one of my dreams to go to Morocco. Such a magical place! This salad looks lovely, perfect for a Sunday BBQ. I hope you have a wonderful day. Thank you for your kind words on my blog!


4 Jacqueline June 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

Hi Monet,
Marrakech is a great place to visit and become inspired by their cuisine. Love their deep, rich spices and I also love their interior design. Went there last year on holiday and it was really enjoyable!


5 sneige June 2, 2012 at 4:17 am

Beautiful! These are my favourite vegetables! I bet it was so tasty to lick your fingers! :)


6 Jacqueline June 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thanks Sneige! Yes it was really tasty and quite spicy too which I love ;-)


7 Russell at Chasing Delicious June 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

What a combination of ingredients! I am going to have to try this soon. Yum!


8 Jacqueline June 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thanks Russell for your comment. Great for those Summer evenings!


9 All That I'm Eating June 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

This looks brilliant, I know I’d love this.


10 Jacqueline June 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

Thanks for stopping by. I’m sure you’d love it too :-)


11 rita cooks italian June 8, 2012 at 12:57 am

Barbecue disasters??? I often have barbecue disasters. It seems difficult to roast the meat/chicken without burning or drying out the food during cooking. I love to barbecue vegetables and adding a Moroccan flavour makes them even more special.


12 Jacqueline June 8, 2012 at 8:01 am

Hi Rita,
Yes, I completely agree with you burnt or dry meat doesn’t have a great taste. With grilled or barbequed vegetables you are almost guaranteed to have a great dish. Thanks for stopping by :-)


13 Rachel Cotterill June 12, 2012 at 12:05 am

That looks yummy – you’re making me want to go to Morocco! :)


14 Jacqueline June 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

Thanks for your nice comment Rachel. If you get a chance to go I’m sure you would enjoy it :-)


15 Monet July 14, 2012 at 7:28 am

Just wanted to let you know that I made this last night…and it was perfect :-)


16 Jacqueline July 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

Monet, thanks so much for letting me know. It’s great to get feedback from my readers :-)
Much appreciated!


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