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Middle Eastern Cabbage Slaw

 How do you fit a rainbow into a bowl? I’ve heard it said before:  eat the rainbow!  Well, this classic Middle Eastern salad is a showstopper, with its hues of red, orange, purple and green, and it is as healthful and tasty as it is pretty!  Sprinkled generously with the herb trifecta of Middle Eastern […]

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Gluten-Free Rice Tabbouleh (Tabbouli/Tabbouleh bi Roz)

When my husband was compelled to start eating a gluten-free diet, there followed a period of days when we mourned the food that he would no longer be eating. No more freekeh, he said, as I thought of the giant sack of freekeh in my cupboard. No more fatayer, he mused, as we planned out the week’s meals. […]

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Pomegranate Salad (Salata Rumman)

 One thing I love about living in the Middle East is the vast quantity of fresh pomegranates that seem to always be available.  They are so cheap, and I love being able to order to many foods here that contain delicious pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top. As some our blog followers may know, we have […]

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Raw Zucchini Tahini Dip (Tahina bil Kousa)

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post on vegetarian stuffed green peppers and squash. It was a recipe made for a vegan friend who had given birth recently. I also mentioned in the same post that I made a zucchini-tahini dip and took it to my friend in the same meal. What I […]

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Curried Maftoul Salad with Butternut Squash (Salatat Maftoul)

The first time I tasted maftoul, I couldn’t have been happier.  I am not a fan of regular couscous, particularly because of the texture.  However, maftoul is actually small bits of wheat, that are sun-dried, and then rolled and coated with a flour mixture, making it more similar to pasta than a grain.  It has a nice […]

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Guest Post: Debby’s Authentic Lebanese Tabbouleh

When I think of Lebanese cuisine, for some reason, fattoush and tabbouleh – both fresh mezze (appetizer) salads – pop into my mind first, and then the host of delicious staples such as savory lamb kabobs, vegetarian stuffed grape leaves, and juicy kibbeh follow after. But for some reason, the salads are the most memorable […]

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Salatat Bangar wa Batatis (Golden Beet and Potato Salad)

Oh, beets.  How do I love thee.   Let me count the ways…. Okay, so I am a little obsessed with beets (along with a million other foodies).  I haven’t had them in a few months, but after a recent trip to Switzerland, my obsession swiftly returned.  There is just something about slices of these bright red […]

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Salatat Hummus

Salatat Hummus (Chickpea Salad)

  My children love chickpeas.  Every time I open a can of them, the kids keep running back and forth to the kitchen for more.  I was reading through my favorite book, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food, by Claudia Roden, when I came across a fairly simple chickpea salad recipe.  I decided to […]

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