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Falafel Salad Bowl

Hearty and healthy Falafel Salad Bowl is a protein rich Middle Eastern main course salad ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

My Falafel Salad Bowl is such a fabulous vegetarian main course salad, it makes Meatless Monday everybody’s favorite night of the week! This Falafel Salad Bowl is inspired by one of my favorite places to grab a bite.  I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite restaurants are the most casual, you might even call them holes in the wall.  I have a few rules, though…it has to have table service (pet peeve about ordering at the counter)…it…

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Warm Hummus with Mushrooms

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor. Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call it dinner.

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor.  Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call it dinner.…

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Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt

Warm Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ a wonderfully unique appetizer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Fried Olives with Spicy Yogurt ~ are you ready for a new taste sensation?  The olives are crispy on the outside, warm and juicy inside, the yogurt is cool and creamy, and the herb sauce is zesty.  It’s a party in the mouth and you’re invited!…

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50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus

Jeweled Hummus ~ a ridiculously easy appetizer for a last minute special occasion ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

The doorbell just rang ~ and all you’ve got is a tub of hummus.  What to do?  Here are 50 ways to hack your hummus so you don’t miss a step.  These fun and easy appetizers will get the party started ~ and everybody wins!…

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Ottolenghi’s Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce

Yotam Ottolenghi's Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Ottolenghi’s Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce is an earthy meal of tender fish cakes tucked into an aromatic sauce.   Serve it with couscous and sauteed spinach…this is comfort food with a Middle Eastern flair. When I’m at a loss for what to make for dinner I often turn to my well worn copy of Jerusalem.  It’s one of 2 cookbooks that has the honor of sitting out on my kitchen counter 24/7.  It never lets me down, and tonight’s meal…

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Couscous Almondine Salad

Couscous Almondine Salad with a spiced lemon vinaigrette is a complete departure from your everyday pasta salad! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This Couscous Almondine Salad is inspired by one of the pricey pre-made salads at my favorite grocery store — it’s easy to throw together, it’s chocked full of great tastes, it’s healthy as all get out, and it keeps for a week in the fridge — so make a big batch! This Middle Eastern inspired salad is just packed with flavor, and it’s not the same old been-there-done-that pasta salad you’ve been making for years (the first taste will tell…

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Spiced Lamb Pita Burgers

Spiced Lamb Pita Burgers --- this fresh new take on a burger will get everybody excited --- theviewfromgreatisland.com

Spiced Lamb Pita Burgers are a fresh take on everybody’s favorite grill grub — the lamb is mixed with Middle Eastern spices, onions, and fresh mint, then spread inside a pita and grilled — these are crisp, juicy, and fabulous! This is such an interesting change from a plain old burger, I think you’re going to love it.  I mixed ground lamb with fragrant coriander, cinnamon, and cumin, along with some very finely minced sweet onion, and fresh mint, then…

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Fattoush Salad

Healthy Fattoush Salad

Fattoush is a chunky Mediterranean salad full of healthy veggies and crunchy toasted pita bread — a tangy lemon-sumac dressing makes the dish sing. Let’s start out the week on the right foot — fill your market basket with the reddest tomatoes, the tiniest cukes, the firmest purple onion, a bright bell pepper, and lots of fresh parsley and mint.  Grab a pretty bunch of radishes, some feta cheese, and glossy black olives — and don’t forget the pita bread,…

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Deconstructed Hummus Salad

Deconstructed Hummus Salad

Deconstructed Hummus Salad is a simple chickpea salad with all the components of a great hummus, and I think you’ll find lots of other uses for the creamy lemon tahini dressing, too… Sometimes you have to tinker with something to really get to know it — take it apart, put it back together again — just to find out what makes it tick.  So today I’m channeling my inner 6 year old boy and constructing a salad with the primary…

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