The start of August seems like the perfect time reach into our treasure trove of recipes and recall all of the delicious Lebanese recipes for summer’s bounty. Plus we have so many new readers, it only seems appropriate that we welcome you with a look-see at the Lebanese recipes and stories that have been cooking here on Rose Water & Orange Blossoms for the last two years.

We’ll start with Lebanese summer salads, classics that are healthy and satisfying on their own, and perfect with your summer grill suppers these weeks. It’s no accident that these salads all feature mint, or na’na, one of our favorite herbs. Right now the mint is going strong in the garden and at the market; get some and go for it!

Classic Tabbouleh Salad
Go easy on the bulghur! And be sure to wash your parsley and let it dry out completely before chopping.

Tomato and Onion Salad with Mint
Tomatoes are our passion, no? Dad loved them, and I suspect you do too. Oh, and check out my favorite tomato knife, which cuts them up like a charm.

Yogurt, Cucumber and Mint Salad
Make your own yogurt, or use plain high quality yogurt from the store.