The basis for Lebanese food is fresh vegetables, olive oil, garlic, lemon and fresh herbs and spices. Rich, savory, and tangy flavors and an eye toward contrasting textures are also fundamental. Yes. It’s a vegan dream. Like many cultures, the preparing and sharing food is an act of friendship and love. If you share a meal with a stranger, that person becomes your friend. It’s an easy language to learn. I’ve never felt more welcome in a country where I didn’t speak the language, and to do this day, Lebanese is my “comfort food”: creamy fattoush with sumac and crunchy pita, maqluba, chopped salad, balila (cumin chickpeas)…
vegan, gluten-free, raw
I grew up eating salad for every dinner when I was a kid, and so I thought I knew all there was to know about salad… but this is not an American green chopped salad. Lettuce is not at all an essential part of most salads in the world (even in the U.S., iceberg lettuce often serves as a vehicle for ranch dressing, rather than fresh veg).
Simple chopped salad – finely diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions – is something you will find throughout the Middle East. It’s served with almost every meal, including breakfast. It’s bright and refreshing, and actually totally customizable (no matter what anyone tells you): use whatever you have on hand that’s fresh.