I had a minty lemonade when I was travelling in the Middle East. I wanted to try and immitate it. It cools you down on a hot summer day! Adjust the amount of mint to taste.
This is a heavenly roasted aubergine dip which originates from Lebanon. Delicious served with pitta, vegetables and houmous as part of a meze platter, or - of course - on it's own!
Asian ingredients give these barbecued chops loads of flavour. They can also be put in the oven and grilled.
The sweetness of barbecued vegetables is balanced by a tart tomato sauce, which mixes perfectly with simple couscous. A lovely light summer meal that is sure to get you to your five a day.
Popular throughout the Middle East, this thick and chunky Arab omelette is served flat, not rolled or folded, and is more like a cake. It is packed with vegetables and chickpeas, and is equally delicious hot or cold – ideal for a picnic. Serve with a simple tomato and red onion salad, and garlic flat bread.
Couscous makes a brilliant base for a quick salad, as it only needs a brief soaking in hot stock (or water). Here it is combined with chickpeas, dates, oranges and pistachios for a Middle Eastern-style vegetarian dish.
Homemade hummus only takes a few moments to whizz together and makes a perfect light lunch, served simply with pitta. But for a balanced meal, turn it into this more substantial salad with the addition of crisp salad vegetables.
That old-fashioned chicken salad has adopted a new-fashioned Oriental accent. Grilled chicken is tossed with a healthy mix of oranges, spring onions, mangetout and lychees and is then crowned with a drizzle of smooth peanut dressing.
This tabbouleh recipe is different. Instead of using bulgur like traditional tabbouleh, this recipe uses quinoa. It is a grain that is available at health shops. It looks and tastes better than bulgur. My husband and I both love this and neither of us is vegetarian. It's a great meal for a hot summer day. The longer it sits the better it tastes.
This Asian noodle salad makes a good, quick one-pot meal, and the sky's your limit when it comes to what other vegetables to add.