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Middle Eastern Soups and Salads

Soups and salads are essential in Middle Eastern cooking. They are served as side dishes or as mezze, or appetizers. Soup is called shorbat in Middle Eastern countries. Salad is called salatat. These soup and salad recipes features traditional soups and salads that are simple to prepare with easy to find ingredients.
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Date, Walnut, and Celery Salad
This light, refreshing salad is bursting with flavor and crunch. Walnuts give it that perfect nutty taste and really compliments the dates and celery.

Green Bean Salad with Almonds
This salad is a slightly different take on a popular salad from Saudi Arabia. Green beans are the focus but toasted almonds are added to give some crunch and additional flavor. Perfect warm or cold!

Spinach Salad with Pomegranate and Chickpeas
This refreshing salad is full of flavor using spinach, pomegranate, and chickpeas. The perfect starter to any meal!

Lentil Salad
Lentil salad is perfect for a quick filling lunch, or even as a light summer dinner. It is healthy and full of protein.

Middle Eastern Green Salad with Pita Chips
This green salad recipe combines the healthiness of a green salad with the tasty crunch of pita chips. Perfect for lunch or as a small meal!

Falafel Salad
If you are a fan of falafel, you will love this salad. It has falafel and all of your favorite veggies. Don't forget the tahini and falafel hot sauce!

Tuna Salad with Thini
Tired of the same old tuna salad? Check out this Middle Eastern version for a little variety and great taste! Tuna salad with tahini makes an excellent healthy lunch.

Chickpea Salad - Salata Hommus
Recipe for chickpea salad,a favorite in the Middle East, especially in Lebanon. It is alsocalled Salata Hommus.

Tomato Salad
A tomato salad is the perfect light salad for a brunch or dinner salad.

Green Salad (Salata Khalta)
A green salad goes with just about everything! This green salad recipe calls for few ingredients and is a cinch to put together.

Piyaz (Bean Salad)
Piyaz is a bean salad from Turkey. It is made from navy beans, tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables.

Cucumber Laban Salad
A cucumber with laban salad is refreshing change from traditional salads. Serve this as a brunch side dish or with dinner and your guests will be asking for more!

Carrot Raisin Salad
A classic tradition in many countries is a carrot raisin salad. Learn how to make a carrot raisin salad with this easy recipe.

Israeli Salad Recipe
Recipe for an Israeli salad, a famous vegetable salad from Israel. Isarael has very good vegetables and the assortment makes it unique.

Domates Salatasi - Tomato Salad
A tomato salad is perfect for cookouts and a great alternative to a regular iceberg lettuce salad.

Eggplant Salad
Eggplant salad recipe from Turkey. This eggplant salad recipe is absolutely deliccious and makes a great side dish or appetizer.

Kisir - Turkish Tabouleh
Recipe for kisir, a turkish, spicier version of tabouleh.

Hwerneh - Mustard Green and Yogurt Salad
Hwerneh are mustards greens. Add some plain yougurt and you have a hwerneh salad. This salad can also be served as a dip.

Khalta Salata - Salad Dressing
Ned a salad dressing recipe quick? This easy, little ingredient recipe for a tasty salad dressing is perfect!

Borani - Spinach Yogurt Salad
This super easy recipe for borani, spinach and yogurt salad, is tasty and presents a lot of flavor.

Khyar Bi Laban - Cucumber Yogurt Salad
Khyar bi laban is a cucmber salad wih yogurt. It is a vegetarian favorite. This recipe is perfect if you like to use organic ingredients.

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.

Ezme Salatsi
Ezme salatasi, a Turkish salad consisting of veggies and spices is a bold alternative to a tossed salad. Ezme has a spicy flavor and perfect for those who love hot sauce. The trick is to finely chop the vegetables, so they can absorb the flavor of the spices adequately.

Fattoush - Bread and Vegetable Salad
Fattoush is salad made up of vegetables and pieces of toasted pita bread. The recipe can be changed according to taste. This fattoush recipe is a popular variation.

Recipe for tabouleh, a popular Middle Eastern salad containing many vegetables, olive oil and spices. It is a great vegetarian salad that can be eaten as an appetizer, side dish or main course.

Salad-e Shirazi: Tomato Cucumber Salad
Salad-e shirazi is a summertime favorite in Iran. Finely chopped tomatoes and cucumbers mixed with spices and lime juice make salad-e shirazi a hit.

Fennel Salad with Blood Oranges and Pomegranate
Recipe for fennel salad with blood oranges and pomegranate, the perfect starter to any meal.

Egg Salad with Tahini
This twist on traditional egg salad makes the perfect dip or sandwich spread.

Pasta Salad
This pasta salad is great anytime of year. Crumbled feta cheese over mixed veggies and tri-colored pasta make this dish as pleasing to the eye as...

What are some Middle Eastern salads that are easy and healthy?
Watching your waistline? Check out these Middle Eastern salads that are filling and taste great!

The Best Tabbouleh Recipe
This recipe for tabbouleh is perfect for beginners! It tastes just as good as your favorite Middle Eastern restaurant.

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