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" (, my "Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous" (, 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 ☺



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.
QueenSashy April 19, 2013
found them! thanks for the effort!
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.
creamtea April 19, 2013
forgot to add, serves 4.
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 :
but I also like it on a toasted pita rubbed with a little olive oil, za'atar sprinkled over.
QueenSashy April 19, 2013
I have za'atar in "Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous" ( 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 :)
Droplet April 19, 2013
Maybe some simple glazed carrots, mid-east style, or carrot salad
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 April 19, 2013
This one is probably my favorite and if you like them more festive this is another one to try
Droplet April 19, 2013
Seems like the links don't work...let me try to post them once more for you:
amysarah April 18, 2013
David Lebovitz's most recent blog is about Lebanese mezze. Really great stuff: 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:
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.
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).
pierino April 18, 2013
Of course there is always Mr. Big Zombie
Bevi April 18, 2013
These make great party food.
sdebrango April 18, 2013
Oh yes, so glad you suggested these. They are wonderful, simple and so delicious. I love these!
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.
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:
QueenSashy April 19, 2013
Abbie, thank, simple and yummy - I am definitely making this
Monita April 18, 2013
How about something with eggplant like Med expert chef Yotam Ottolenghi's eggplant with polenta
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