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Moroccan Zaalouk

Zaalouk is a simple Moroccan salad or dip made of eggplant, tomato, warm spices, and olive oil. Eat it as is or serve it as a side with kabobs and yogurt.

Serve Moroccan zaalouk with fresh bread or pita.

WHAT IS ZAALOUK

It’s a cooked salad made from eggplants and tomatoes. It can be served as a salad or as a dip with vegetables, bread, or pita bread.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Eggplant: Roast and simmer eggplant to create the perfect texture.
  • Tomato: Tomatoes are the base for this eggplant salad.
  • Garlic: I suggest a heaping 6 cloves, but don’t let my recipe tell you how much garlic to use- go for it.
  • Parsley: Brighten up the dish with fresh or dried parsley, whichever you prefer.
  • Spices: Salt, smoked paprika, cayenne, and cumin lend Morrocan zaalouk its signature flavor.
  • Olive Oil: Vegetables cook in olive oil, and I use it to top the dish as well.
  • Lemon: Garnish with fresh lemon.

HOW TO MAKE MOROCCAN ZAALOUK

Roast eggplant before simmering it for the perfect texture.

PREPARE THE EGGPLANT- Preheat the oven to 350.° Then, peel the skin from the eggplant and cut it into 1-inch pieces. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and place the eggplant onto it. Bake for 20 minutes until the flesh softens.

Tomatoes cook with spices and garlic to build the sauce for the eggplant to cook within.

WARM- While the eggplant is baking, warm 2 tablespoons of oil in a saute pan. Add the tomatoes, garlic, parsley, and spices; simmer over low-medium heat for 10 minutes.

Return the eggplant to the tomato mixture and continue simmering.

SIMMER- Next, add the cooked eggplant and simmer for another 10 minutes.

BLEND- Use a potato masher or immersion blender to break up the eggplant and tomatoes.

Serve Moroccan zaalouk with fresh bread or pita.

SERVE- Garnish with olive oil and lemon wedges, and serve with vegetables, fresh bread, or pita.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does zaalouk last in the fridge?

This side will keep for several days in the fridge or two to three months in the freezer.

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Moroccan Zaalouk

Tressa Jamil
Zaalouk is a flavor-packed salad or dip that comes together in one hour!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine African
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 156 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large eggplants, skins removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, fresh or dried
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to garnish
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350.° Then, peel the skin from the eggplant and cut it into 1-inch pieces. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and place the eggplant onto it. Bake for 20 minutes until the flesh softens.
  • While the eggplant is baking, warm 2 tablespoons of oil in a saute pan. Add the tomatoes, garlic, parsley, and spices; simmer over low-medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Next, add the cooked eggplant and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Use a potato masher or immersion blender to break up the eggplant and tomatoes.
  • Garnish with olive oil and lemon wedges, and serve with vegetables, fresh bread, or pita.

Notes

  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSodium: 398mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9g
Keyword moroccan zaalouk
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Recipe Rating




RJ

Monday 6th of June 2022

This has to be my favorite way to eat eggplant! I had this with your Moroccan meatballs and those two are a great combo!

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Hey, that's how we like to eat them too!

Kris

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

I CANNOT WAIT TO TRY THIS

Tressa - Jamil Ghar Team

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

Let me know when you do. It's easy to make and way too good.