Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

Tag: salad

Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad

Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad

Hello! It’s been a sec here at Three Teas Kitchen since we have last posted – but that does not mean we haven’t been eating well, this Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad included! This salad is a lovely medley of fresh summer produce and warm Moroccan […]

Asparagus Fattoush

Asparagus Fattoush

This Asparagus Fattoush is proof that you can use whatever is in season or what you have on hand to make this beloved middle eastern salad. It is so fresh and the perfect addition to your Memorial Day Mediterranean Mezze Table. Along with some other […]

Tahini Ranch Romaine Salad

Tahini Ranch Romaine Salad

Say hello to this tahini ranch dressing slathered over romaine salad! Not sure about anyone else here, but more recently in quarantine, I have been leaning into some fresh greens. It could be because of all those borek, comforting rice dishes and middle eastern cookies….but let’s be real it was/continues to be totally worth it.

And another thing to be real about, sometimes your go-to salad can get boring. Just changing up the cut of lettuce or the toppings can really jazz up a salad. Keeping the romaine whole is a fun way to eat this salad. You can decide to cut it up on your plate or get messy and eat it as is in your hands.

But the real star of this salad is the tahini ranch dressing. It is dairy free and bright and light from all the fresh herbs and lemon. The tahini provides a rich creamy texture and taste, and not to mention, packs a nutritious punch. Have I sold you on it yet?

Feel free to top this salad with whatever you have in your pantry or fridge. You can also decide to use this dressing as a dip for veggies. With so many of us cooking at home these days, it’s time to get a little jazzed about the simple things, like a new go-to salad. Enjoy!

Tahini Ranch Romaine Salad

A fresh romaine salad topped with a bright and herby tahini ranch dressing!

Ingredients
  

Tahini Ranch Dressing

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • ½ medium sized shallot, diced (~½ tbsp)
  • 2 medium sized lemons, juiced
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • ½ tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • ½ tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt, more to taste

Salad

  • 1 head of romaine, leaves separated, washed and dried
  • 1 persion cucumber, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ¼ cup pepitas, roasted and salted
  • dill and parsley leaves, as much as desired

Instructions
 

Tahini Ranch Dressing

  • In a bowl whisk tahini, cold water and lemon juice.
  • Next add grated garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, dry mustard and shallots to the bowl and whisk.*
  • Slowly add in olive oil to mixture while whisking to fully emulsify the dressing.
  • Set dressing aside allow to rest for at least 15 minuets before putting on salad.

Salad Assembly

  • Lay romaine on a large platter.
  • Next scatter cucumbers and avocado over the romaine.
  • Finally spoon dressing over salad.** Top with scattered pepitas and torn herbs.

Notes

*After step 1 (whisking the tahini, lemon and water in a bowl), I usually throw all the next ingredients in a mason jar and shake. This is a quick way to make make a dressing, and a great way to store it too.
**Depending on how much dressing you like on your salad, you may have extra dressing left over. You can use it for another salad or use it to dip vegetable crudités over the week.  
Citrus Tahini Kale Salad

Citrus Tahini Kale Salad

With the holidays being over I am craving a kale salad in a major way. I mean we went from summer, to 2 seconds of fall, to a baked goods manifesto over the holidays, and now here we are. This salad is currently giving me […]

Einjarada

Einjarada

Einjarada, meaning “the eye of the grasshopper” in Arabic, gets its name from the main ingredient that gives this salad its distinctive flavor – dill seed, which resembles (you guessed it) a grasshopper’s eye. But the question remains – who made this salad best? Was […]

Middle Eastern Salad

Middle Eastern Salad

This salad comes together quickly and is so refreshing and flavorful.The freshness comes from the mix of parsley, mint, lemon, cucumber and tomato. This is a common side salad that greets many Middle Eastern tables and can pair with about any dish, such as kabob, kufta, or musakhan or it can be enjoyed proudly on its own.

The great thing is, that although produce is at its peak in summer, we make this all year round and it continues to taste fantastic! Many areas of the Middle East have slight variations on this salad. Feel free to let this recipe act as a base and change it up as you like!

Middle Eastern Salad

This is a common side salad that greets many Middle Eastern tables and can pair with about any dish or it can be enjoyed proudly on its own. It comes together quickly and is so refreshing and flavorful.
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Arabic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Ingredients
  

  • 5 vine tomatoes
  • 7 Persian cucumbers
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeds removed, diced
  • 2 cups parsley, chopped, stems removed
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup mint, chopped, stems removed (fresh or dry mint works – if dry reduce to 1/3 cup)
  • 5 lemons, juiced (about 1¼ cup)
  • 1.5 tsp salt, more or less to taste
  • ⅓ cup and 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Slice cumber vertically into 3 equal parts
  • Chop cucumber to size as shown in picture
  • Separately chop tomatoes (cut to slightly bigger pieces than cucumber), green onions, parsley, jalapeno and mint. Gradually add each chopped ingredient to a large bowl.
  • To the bowl mix in lemon juice, olive oil, salt. Adjust to taste.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword cucumber, lemon, mint, parsley, salad, tomato
Spiced Watermelon and Feta Salad

Spiced Watermelon and Feta Salad

spiced watermelon and feta salad

Tata’s Potato Salad

Tata’s Potato Salad

This is NOT your grandma’s mayo filled potato salad! This is our Tata’s refreshing and tangy potato salad. This potato salad is very light and crisp with its fresh ingredients of parsley, green onion, and lemon juice. It’s the perfect summer potato salad and will […]

Jajeek

Jajeek

Similar to its Greek cousin, Tzaziki, Jajeek is a super quick and easy salad/dip to make. With four basic ingredients of yogurt, cucumber, mint and garlic, you’ve got a cool, refreshing dish with a flavorful punch. It’s delicious with pita chips, on top of kabob, or even on its own. 

This salad always reminds me of my Nana’s kitchen.  Every time I went to my grandparents’ house, jajeek would be waiting for me in the fridge right next to the rice and hummus ready to be devoured for my mid-day meal or after school snack. Thank you Nana for always having the best snacks in your fridge! 

The recipe can easily be adjusted to fit your particular taste, texture and flavor preferences. The texture of your jajeek can greatly depend on the type of lebne (description below) you buy. The lebne I buy from my local Whole Foods is a bit thicker than the texture I like for Jajeek. That’s why I add a little bit of kefir (yogurt drink) to the salad to help make it creamier.  Or for the creamiest, yet tangy jajeek on the planet, take a queue from Nana and add sour cream. Want to add extra bite?  Add more garlic!  Cucumbers your fav? Throw another one in!

Experiment and enjoy.   Don’t forget to share how you like your jajeek by commenting on this post. 

Bosas!

Jajeek

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups chopped cucumbers (about 4 small Persian cucumbers)
  • 1 cup lebne*
  • 2 tbsp kefir
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried crushed mint leaves
  • sumac for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Peel cucumbers and chop into small pieces. The size of your chopped cucumber is based on your preference. I like to add a little more texture to my jajeek, so I chop my cucumber into medium-sized pieces
  • Combine and stir chopped cucumbers, lebne, kefir, salt, minced garlic, and crushed mint leaves into a bowl.
  • You can add more salt and garlic to taste. 
  • Sprinkle mint and sumac on salad as a garnish before serving.

Notes

*Lebne is a thick Middle Eastern yogurt. It has a wonderful tangy robust flavor that can be used for salads, dressings, and is super yummy to eat with spiced meat. You can find it at Middle Eastern markets, but I also found some in my local Whole Foods!