Mediterranean / Middle Eastern dish recommendation

I am having friends for dinner this Saturday and would like it to be a very fragrant food journey across the Mediterranean and Middle East. I will be making thirschfeld’s "Lamb Meatballs with a Broken Yogurt Saffron Sauce" (http://food52.com/recipes...), my "Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous" (http://food52.com/recipes...), warm pita bread and rosewater rice pudding. I would like another vegetable dish and/or salad on the side, what would you recommend? And, buy the way, no dietary restrictions - we eat everything ☺

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Monita
Monita April 18, 2013

How about something with eggplant like Med expert chef Yotam Ottolenghi's eggplant with polenta
http://food52.com/recipes...

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aargersi
aargersi April 18, 2013

This is a spinachey dip by Shayma - OK not EXACTLY a veggie side, but it is delicious and with the warm pita, and maybe some red bell pepper slices ... yum:

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy April 19, 2013

Abbie, thank, simple and yummy - I am definitely making this

sdebrango
sdebrango April 18, 2013

I will second the eggplant idea, I make it very simply browning eggplant, cooking in a tomato sauce with some fresh lemon and saffron.

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Bevi
Bevi April 18, 2013

These make great party food. http://food52.com/recipes...

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sdebrango
sdebrango April 18, 2013

Oh yes, so glad you suggested these. They are wonderful, simple and so delicious. I love these!

pierino
pierino April 18, 2013

Of course there is always Mr. Big Zombie http://food52.com/recipes...

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ceeteebee
ceeteebee April 18, 2013

For a side/salad, you could try this. It's not traditional, but it's delicious and would go very well with a middle eastern meal (it's got many ingredients that are common in middle eastern cooking). http://smittenkitchen.com...

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petitbleu
petitbleu April 18, 2013

Tabbouleh is always a favorite of mine. The kind with tons of parsley and mint and a leetle bit of bulgur. It's a nice, fresh accompaniment to all the well-spiced dishes.

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amysarah
amysarah April 18, 2013

David Lebovitz's most recent blog is about Lebanese mezze. Really great stuff: http://www.davidlebovitz... He includes a link to a recipe for Fattoush - a salad made with torn pieces of toasted pita, sumac, cucumber, etc. - that would be great with you menu: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2009/09/recipe-for-fattoush-lebanese-crumbled.html

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Droplet
Droplet April 19, 2013

Maybe some simple glazed carrots, mid-east style, or carrot salad

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy April 19, 2013

Droplet, I like that a lot, as a matter of fact I was researching Paula Wolfert's recipe last night. What's your favorite way of making the glazed carrots?

Droplet
Droplet April 19, 2013

This one http://www.foodnetwork... is probably my favorite and if you like them more festive this is another one to try http://www.bonappetit.com...

Droplet
Droplet April 19, 2013

Seems like the links don't work...let me try to post them once more for you:
http://www.foodnetwork...
http://www.bonappetit.com...

drbabs
drbabs April 19, 2013

I love this question and all these answers. I'm a huge fan of the spice blend za'atar. There's a recipe on the site for za'atar roast potatoes :http://food52.com/recipes...
but I also like it on a toasted pita rubbed with a little olive oil, za'atar sprinkled over.

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy April 19, 2013

I have za'atar in "Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous" (http://food52.com/recipes...) but I love that potato dish (thanks for reminding me) and now consider switching. Toasted pita with za'atar is enticing too. The paralyzing problem of too many choices :)

creamtea
creamtea April 19, 2013

Paula Wolfert's recipe:
1 lb. carrots, 1 clove garlic, 1/8 t. ground cinnamon, pinch cayenne, juice of one lemon, 1/8 t. granulated sugar, salt to taste, olive oil, chopped parsley. Simmer carrots whole, slice on the diagonal, combine remaining ingredients up to olive oil as a dressing, pour over carrots, garnish with the parsely.

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creamtea
creamtea April 19, 2013

forgot to add, serves 4.

Droplet
Droplet April 19, 2013

Sorry QueenSashy (and everyone else), not sure why this happened. One is a Foodnetwork recipe for Roasted Carrots with Za'atar and the other is a BonApetit recipe for Caramelized Spiced Carrots- both should turn up through Google.

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy April 19, 2013

found them! thanks for the effort!

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