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Middle Eastern Side Dishes

Learn to prepare side dishes that will complement your main dish and will add color and flavor to your dinner table.

Top 10 Barbecue Side Dishes
When I am planning a barbecue, I usually know right away what main food dishes I want to cook. But then I start to wonder what dishes will I serve alongside them. I could throw some chips in a bowl or make up a vegetable platter, but I want something a little more that will make my barbecue a interesting and memorable. Middle Eastern cuisine can easily be barbecue friendly, both as main dishes an…

Chickpea Pilaf
Traditional pilaf gets new life with the addition of chickpeas! Chickpeas offer fantastic flavor and texture to this tasty side dish.

Spicy Chickpeas
The chickpea gets new life with some spice! This dish is full of flavor and can be eaten hot or cold. Perfect on the go meal!

Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate Glaze
Though glazed sweet potatoes are oftentimes reserved for the holidays, this Middle Eastern twist using pomegranate juice makes a side dish to be enjoyed anytime of the year!

Carrots with Cardamom
Carrots with cardamom is an excellent recipe who loves cardamom. This carrot recipe is great for the holidays !

Sauteed Potatoes with Lemon
These sauteed potatoes are the perfect side dish to any meal. Imagine sliced potatoes, sauteed in olive oil, with parsley and cumin - delicious!

Middle Eastern Potato Salad
Try this Middle Eastern version of traditional potato salad! This is a much healthier version too.

Grilled Corn on the Cob (with Husks)
Forget boiling fresh corn on the cob and fire up the grill! Grilled corn on the cob is the perfect side dish for any BBQ main course.

Pomegranate Stuffing
Pomegranate stuffing is a nice twist on a traditional favorite! Great for stuffing a turkey or to accompany any poultry dish.

Stuffed Potatoes (Batatis Meschi)
Stuffed potaotes are absolutely delicious! Peeled potatoes, stuffed with ground beef and spices, then baked to perfection make a great main course or side dish.

Steamed Asparagus with Lemon
Steamed asparagus with lemon is the perfect side dish. Not only is it easy to make, it has few ingredients. Completely foolproof!

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Mint
Learn how to make grilled asparagus with lemon and mint. The grilled asparagus recipe is easy and tastes fantastic!

Green Beans with Pine Nuts
Green beans with pine nuts recipe. Learn how to make steamed green beans, covered in butter sauce with a hint of garlic, sprinkled with toasted pine nuts.

Couscous with Apricots
Recipe for couscous with apricots. This recipe for couscous with aprictos calls for couscous, dried apricots, green onions, and salt.

Grilled Eggplant
Recipe for grilled eggplant. Grilled eggplant is an excellent side dish to any meal!

French Fries
Learn how to make french fries. French fries are often served with shawarma or in other wraps in the Middle East. This french fries recipe is super easy!

Middle Eastern Grilled Vegetables
LEarn how to master grilling vegetables like eggplant, zucchini, squash and onions in this tempting Middle Eastern side dish recipe.

Koosa Meschi- Stuffed Squash Recipe
This stuffed squash recipe is perfect for summertime feasts. This recipe for koosa is easy and requires very little skill and ingredients.

Shakshoukeh - Fried Tomatoes
Shashoukeh is a fried tomato dish with peppers. You can make this recipe spicier bu adding hotter peppers. It all depends on your taste. Shakshoukeh makes a nice snack or side dish.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This recipe for mashed sweet potatoes is fantastic. The potatoes and spices really make it an original side dish.

Arnabeet bel Lamoun - Cauliflower with Lemon and Olive OIl
Arnabeet bel Lamoun is cauliflower with simmered with garlic, olive oil and lemon. It is cooked just until soft, but still with a little crisp.

Mujadarra - Rice and Lentils
Recipe for mujadarra, a lentils and rice side dish with tons of flavor.

Arnabeet Mekleh - Fried Cauliflower
Recipe for anabeet mekleh, a fried cauliflower dish popular in Lebanon.

Salatat Bathinjan - Fried Eggplant
Recipe for salatat bathinjan, or fried eggplant. Salatat bathinjan can be served as a side dish or as an appetizer. Either way, it's delicious!

Lebanese Rice
Recipe for the lebanese style of preparing rice.

Patates Salatasi - Potato Salad
Patates salatasi is the Turkish way of making potato salad. It is very similar to American potato salad, but with more spices and no mayonnaise.

Basmati Rice with Chickpeas and Kidney Beans
This is a fabulous, hearty dish that can be used as a side or main dish.

Sesame Broccoli
Broccoli gets new life with a burst of sesame flavor.

How to Steam Broccoli
Learn how to steam fresh broccoli in this tutorial about steaming fresh broccoli. Broccoli is chock full of nutrients we need for optimum health.

How to Steam Squash
Steamed squash makes a great side dish for any meal. Try it with chicken and other poultry dishes.

How to Make Steamed Asparagus
Want to make steamed asparagus to go with that amazing chicken recipe? Learn how to make steamed asparagus in this easy to prepare recipe.

Grilled Mushrooms
Learn how to make grill mushrooms in this easy recipe using a few key ingredients.

Grilled Carrots
Most people find that grilled carrots are quite delicious -- an expected flavor! This recipe is perfect for moms and dads on the go who want an easy side dish that is healthy.

Za'atar Carrots
Learn how to make za'atar carrots in this easy recipe that is full of flavor.

Grilled Squash Recipe
This grilled squash recipe is easy and delicious! Acorn and butternut squash varieties work best and are perfect as a side dish for any main course.

Grilled Zucchini Recipe
This grilled zucchini recipe is perfect for chicken, lamb or beef. It is easy to make and will leave your guests begging for the recipe.

Roasted New Potatoes with a Middle Eastern Twist
Try these delicious roasted new potato recipe with your favorite chicken dish. It is simple to make and requires very few ingredients!

How to Cook Basmati Rice - Basmati Rice Recipe
Basmati rice is the fluffiest rice and is perfect for many dishes! It's nutty flavor makes it unique, but there is a certain way you have to cook it for optimum results.

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