Middle Eastern cuisine is one of the most diverse, spanning a vast array of countries and cultures. This ancient and popular cuisine is known for its use of whole grains, legumes and fresh vegetables. It boasts a variety of bold flavours using warm and aromatic spices with lots of herbs. Middle Eastern recipes offer plenty of unique and healthy dishes that are sure to satisfy vegetarians, as well as meat eaters.
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Fattoush is a Middle Eastern salad originating from Lebanon. It’s fresh, crunchy and herby with hints of citrus and fruitiness from the incredibly beautiful and delicious spice, sumac. What makes this salad extra special is the crispy toasted pita that gets tossed in with the veggies.
Baked Falafel Sliders With Tabbouleh and Tahini Sauce
Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern street food that is made up primarily of mashed chickpeas and other fragrant herbs and spices. This recipe serves them up as sliders alongside tabbouleh salad and a lot of tahini sauce for a summer feast that’s sure to please a crowd.
Vegan Middle Eastern Eggplant Casserole
This eggplant casserole is a classic Middle Eastern dish common in Iraq. Typically made with layers of kofta (beef patties), eggplant, potatoes, onions, peppers and tomatoes this recipe skips the kofta and bakes up the veggies using the same method. The result? A light and deeply flavourful casserole that’s seriously delicious served alongside rice and yogurt.
Chicken Kebab & Afghan Rice
This chicken kebab is marinated with a special spice blend and grilled over fire. It is served with an iconic side dish of Afghan rice – fragrant, flavoured rice studded with nuts, dried fruit and sliced carrot.
Middle Eastern Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini
In this recipe, cauliflower is marinated in olive oil and warm Middle Eastern spices, then roasted to perfection. Serve alongside a luxurious drizzle of tahini sauce and garnish with parsley, cilantro or flaked almonds. Then just watch it disappear off the plate.
Easy Vegan Za’atar Manaeesh
This vegan take on za’atar flatbread (AKA Lebanese manaeesh) is sure to become your new favourite breakfast. Typically served with a hot cup of tea, you can pile it high with your favourite fresh veggies and then drizzle with more olive oil for the perfect start to your day.
Middle Eastern Bulgur, Pomegranate and Almond Salad
Bulgur wheat is one of the most underrated grains, but it’s oh-so versatile and packed with fibre. It’s a common Middle Eastern staple and comes in various sizes. If you’re looking for a creative way to give bulgur a try, this salad is the perfect recipe. It’s crunchy and nutty, with hints of sweetness and tartness from the pomegranate and lemon juice; and the parsley and green onion add freshness. It’s the ultimate balance of flavours.
20-Minute Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Salmo
You’ve probably heard of honey glazed salmon… but have you heard of pomegranate glazed salmon? Pomegranate molasses is an ingredient commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine and has both sweetness and tanginess that adds so much depth and flavour to any dish. It is the star ingredient in this glaze, along with garlic, honey and chilli flakes for some heat.
Mujadara is a simple and delicious Middle Eastern dish of lentils, rice, spices and fried onions. It gets its rich, infused flavour by coating the rice in olive oil and spices before cooking it. If you have leftover rice, you can improvise a cheat version of mujadara and fold it in with the lentils and onions at the end.
Middle Eastern Sumac Chicken with Date Syrup, Lemon and Pecans
If you’ve never cooked with sumac before, this is the perfect recipe to start. It has a natural tangy, lemon flavour that pairs beautifully with chicken. Finished with fresh herbs, date syrup and toasty pecans, it’s a total symphony of Middle Eastern flavours.