Avocado Tabbouleh, the original chopped salad!

Tabbouleh in lettuce cups

I call my Avocado Tabbouleh Salad the original chopped salad because it’s all about the finely chopped herbs and vegetables. A simple lemon vinaigrette lets all of the flavors shine. The truth of tabbouleh is this: it’s a labor-of-love salad. A salad whose basis is fresh herbs could be nothing but, when you consider how…

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Fresh Mint Hummus

Fresh Mint Hummus is so fresh and flavorful, we may not ever eat hummus any other way…. Use the same simple hummus ingredients of skinless chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini with a big handful of fresh mint and basil for a hummus that tastes as beautiful as it looks. Finish fresh mint hummus with…

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Lebanese Fattoush Salad

I could eat this salad every single day and still want more! See how it’s done in my video, right here! Get the Fattoush Kit for the vinaigrette here! Find the recipe for the pita chips here. You can add cucumbers and any other vegetables you have on hand to this salad. The more the…

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Chickpea and Feta Picnic Salad

Chickpea Feta Salad, MaureenAbood.com

Chickpea and Feta Salad is the perfect salad for a picnic: stays crunchy and fresh, plus all of the flavor and healthy ingredients we love. I’m not entirely sure why, but when Dan asked me in the most complimentary way to “master” the chickpea salad he’d eaten at Woody’s, our local favorite for Lebanese, I…

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Seared Lamb Chops with Mint Salt Dry Rub

Seared Lamb Chops with Mint Salt,, Maureen Abood

The funny thing is, I wasn’t even thinking meat rub when I came up with the Mint Salt idea. The goal was to make any food, especially salads and vegetables, taste authentically Lebanese, not to mention out-of-this-world fresh and delicious, with one pinch of the fingertips in a spice tin. Brainstorming what to call this…

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Fresh Herb Falafel Pita Wrap

Fresh Herb Falafel Wrap, Maureen Abood

Mother never made that. That’s what mom’s sister, Aunt Pat, said when I talked about the falafel I’d be making with the abundance of fresh herbs we have, along with the peeled fava beans we recently started offering over at Maureen Abood Market. The sisters have been engaged in a dialogue, one that has extended…

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Lebanese Panzanella Salad

Pita chips replace the traditional Italian-style croutons in this Lebanese Panzanella salad. They soak up the precious juice we wouldn’t even consider leaving behind. The mix of lemon with rice vinegar gives the sweet tomatoes the perfect pop of tartness we love so much. Sometimes I think that the whole purpose I am here, back…

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Your go-to summer dip: Labneh with Garlic and Herbs

Labneh dip with Garlic and Herbs, MaureenAbood.com

Part of the fun, and good work, of sharing my new Lebanese cookbook with the world is doing interviews (and—thankfully—lots of them). Today, this Very Big Deal was published in The New York Times! Among the many questions that get asked in these interviews, I’ve always been unnecessarily prepared for one of the sort Bon…

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Cucumber Bites with Labneh and Olives

Cucumber bites with Labneh and Olives, MaureenAbood.com

When Oscar time rolled around back when I was living in Chicago, I took it as a great excuse to eat a bunch of rich food and drink wine, while lounging in sweats, with my favorite pals. I always pulled out the stops not with Lebanese recipes, but what I considered Oscar-worthy guacamole. I like…

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Tomato Cucumber Salad with Avocado and Feta

Avocado Tomato Salad with Feta, MaureenAbood.com

This salad makes the most of the season: tomato cucumber with avocado and feta. The bit of saltiness from the feta and creaminess of avocado are the right balance. The changing of the seasons here in Michigan has been doing its thing in recent months without much ado from me. Typically I get all wound…

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