7 Tasty Middle Eastern Salads To Make At Home | sheerluxe.com
Whether you’re after new lunchtime inspiration or something flavourful to pair with your weekend BBQ, Middle Eastern salads are both versatile and delicious. From spice-roasted cauliflower to a chickpea, chilli and feta mix, here are seven easy recipes to try.
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Middle Eastern Yoghurt Chicken, Hello Fresh

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 sweet potatoes

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 red onion

  • 1 bag of baby spinach leaves

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • Souk Market spice blend

  • Greek yoghurt

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • Handful of flaked almonds

  • 1 block of feta cheese

  • Half a lemon

  • 1 courgette

  • Bunch of parsley

  • 1 tomato

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 240°C. Cut the sweet potato and carrot (both unpeeled) into 1cm pieces. Cut the tomato into 2cm chunks. Slice the red onion into 1cm wedges. Slice the zucchini into 1cm half-moons. Place the sweet potato, carrot, tomato, onion, courgette on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a pinch of pepper and salt. Toss to coat, then roast on the top oven rack until tender, 25-30 minutes. 

  2. While the veggies are roasting, finely grate the garlic. Slice the lemon into wedges. In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, Souk Market spice blend, a pinch of salt, the Greek yoghurt, a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Add the chicken breast and toss to coat. Set aside.

  3. Heat a medium frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the flaked almonds and toast, tossing, until golden, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

  4. Return the frying pan to a medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook until golden, 2-3 minutes each side. Transfer to a second oven tray lined with baking paper and bake until cooked through, 6-10 minutes. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

  5. While the chicken is baking, combine the remaining greek yoghurt, a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside. Roughly chop the parsley (save a few leaves for garnish). Transfer the roasted veggies to a large bowl, add the baby spinach leaves, chopped parsley and crumble in half the feta. Gently toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. Thickly slice the chicken. Divide the roast veggies between plates and crumble over the remaining feta. Top with the chicken, lemon yoghurt, flaked almonds and reserved parsley leaves. Serve with the remaining lemon wedges.

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Spelt & Chickpea Salad With Roasted Carrots, Miele Der Kern

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g of pearled spelt

  • 350ml of vegetable stock

  • 400g of tinned chickpeas, drained

  • 250g of baby rainbow carrots

  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tbsp of Greek yoghurt

  • 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds

  • Small bunch of parsley, finely chopped

METHOD

  1. Combine the spelt and stock and simmer on the hob on a medium heat for 30 minutes. 

  2. When cooked, mix with the drained chickpeas, check the seasoning and keep aside until later.

  3. In the meantime, add the carrots, 1 tbsp of oil, and salt and pepper to a baking tray. Roast at 200°C (fan) for 25 minutes.

  4. To serve, divide the spelt and chickpeas between the plates and add the roasted carrots on top. Whisk together the remaining olive oil and yoghurt and drizzle over the carrots. Garnish with the seeds and parsley.

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Moroccan Pulse Salad,
Cooks & Co

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 400g of chickpeas, drained

  • 200g of roasted red peppers, chopped

  • Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped

  • Small bunch parsley, roughly chopped

  • 1 red onion, finely sliced

  • 150g of cherry tomatoes

  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

  • 2 tbsp of harissa paste

  • 1 lemon, juiced

METHOD

  1. This recipe is perfect for when you want to throw together a fresh and tasty recipe really quickly. The texture of the chickpeas and roasted peppers brings the salad to life while the harissa paste and lemon juice adds depth while still being light enough to enjoy as a summer salad. The method is simple – just mix together all of the ingredients in a salad bowl, then serve.

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Spice Roasted Cauliflower With Crispy Chickpea Salad, Miele Der Kern

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp of chopped parsley

  • 2 tbsp of chopped coriander

  • 1 tbsp of chopped mint

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped

  • Salt and pepper

For the roasted cauliflower and chickpeas:

  • 1 cauliflower

  • 100g of softened butter

  • 2 tsp of chilli flakes

  • 1 tsp of sumac

  • 1 tsp of ground allspice

  • 2 tsp of ground cumin

  • 1 tsp of ground coriander

  • 200g of cooked chickpeas

For the dressing:

  • 100g of good-quality feta cheese

  • 100g of Greek yoghurt

  • 1 lemon, juice only

  • Cold water

METHOD

  1. For the roasted cauliflower and chickpeas, trim the leaves from the cauliflower and cut into 4 pieces from the root, being careful not to cut right the way through. Pull the pieces apart. Place the cauliflower pieces on to a perforated steam tray and steam in the oven at 100°C for 4 minutes. If you don’t have a steam oven, simmer in a pan with salted water for 4 minutes, refreshing them in cold water immediately after.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat an oven to 200°C. Combine the softened butter with the spices and mix well. Place the chickpeas on a baking tray followed by the par-steamed cauliflower pieces. Rub the majority of the spiced butter on to the cauliflower and then dot the remaining butter over the chickpeas. Put the tray in the preheated oven and cook for 35 minutes until the cauliflower and the chickpeas are roasted and crispy.

  3. For the dressing, whisk the feta cheese and Greek yoghurt together until smooth. Add the lemon juice and enough water to make a pourable dressing.

  4. To serve, lift off the cauliflower pieces and in a bowl, combine the roasted chickpeas, herbs and chopped red onion. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the chickpea mixture equally between 4 plates and sit a piece of cauliflower on top of each. Finish by pouring over some of the dressing.

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Fattoush Aubergine Salad, The Lebanese Bakery

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 90g of chopped romaine lettuce

  • 10g of wild rocket

  • 10g of fresh thyme

  • 50g of cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • 50g of cucumber, chopped

  • 2g of mint leaves

  • 20g of radishes

  • 20g of pomegranate

For the pomegranate vinaigrette:

  • 300g of olive oil

  • 150g of pomegranate molasses

  • 100g of apple cider vinegar

  • 50g of lemon juice

  • 10g of salt

  • 4g of white pepper

For the roasted aubergine:

  • 2kg of aubergine

  • 100g of olive oil

  • 10g of salt

METHOD

  1. Peel and cut the aubergine into cubes. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast in a preheated oven at 180°C for 25 minutes.

  2. To make the pomegranate vinaigrette, combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk in one direction to get a consistent mixture.

  3. Combine the chopped lettuce, rocket, thyme, tomatoes, cucumber, mint and radish in a mixing bowl. Mix carefully with the tips of your fingers, then place in a salad bowl.

  4. Top with the roasted aubergine cubes, pomegranate seeds and serve with the vinaigrette.

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Tomato & Black Tahini Salad, Belazu

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1kg of mixed tomatoes

  • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely sliced

  • 5 medjool dates, stone removed, roughly chopped

  • Small bunch of mint, roughly chopped

  • 2 tbsp of lilliput Capers

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • 3 tbsp of olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to season

  • 3 tbsp of black tahini

METHOD

  1. Soak the onion in cold water for ten minutes.

  2. Cut the tomatoes into different shape and slices, depending on their size. Place in a large bowl with the dates, season with salt and pepper and leave to marinate for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Drain any liquid from the tomatoes and add the capers, lemon juice, drained red onion, mint leaves and mix well to combine everything. Taste and adjust seasoning if required. Then add the Olive oil and mix thoroughly again.

  4. Place on a large serving platter or divide between bowls. Drizzle the Black Tahini generously over the top.

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Chickpea, Chilli and Feta Salad, Jennifer Irvine, author of The Balance Book

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 40ml of cider vinegar

  • 400g can chickpeas, drained

  • 100g of feta cheese, crumbled

  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced

  • Small handful fresh coriander, finely chopped

  • Small handful fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

METHOD

  1. In a small non-stick pan, heat the oil, chili, garlic and onions over a medium heat. Sweat for 3-5 minutes (or until the garlic starts to brown), stirring constantly, to prevent sticking.

  2. Add the vinegar and leave to boil rapidly, until the liquid has almost all evaporated – about 3-5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a serving bowl mix the chickpeas, chili & onion mix, feta cheese, olive oil, spring onions, coriander and parsley, and stir well.  

  4. Season to taste with black pepper. Serve immediately.

  5. This recipe works well with left-over chicken also – simply shred cooked chicken and add to the vegetable mix before you add the dressing.  When heated through, add the dressing, parsley and nuts. 

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