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Lebanon: Recipes and Cuisine

Dry goods vendor, Lebanon

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Lebanese cooking represents the heights of Middle Eastern cuisine. This is the Mediterranean diet at its best, with a heady mix of olive oil, whole grains, vegetables, beans and lean meats and fish. Many of the iconic Middle Eastern dishes — falafel, shawarma, hummus, tabouli are staples of the table in this small country.

Meals in Lebanon are often are served as a variety of mezze, or little dishes. Lebanese sweets and pastries are famous around the world, and are followed up with a strong cup of coffee or bracing, anise-flavored arak.

Typical Lebanese Dishes

Lebanese Recipes

Try these recipes from Lebanon.


Shawarma vendor

(Middle Eastern spiced meat sandwich)


Kefta meatballs with yogurt sauce

(Middle Eastern spiced meatballs)


Falafel (Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)

(Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)


Tabouli (Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)

(Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)


Pita (Mediterranean pocket bread)

(Mediterranean pocket bread)


Baklava (Greek, Turkish nut and phyllo sweet pastry)

(Eastern Mediterranean nut and phyllo sweet pastry)


Tarator Middle Eastern sesame-lemon sauce

(Middle Eastern sesame-lemon sauce)


Muhammara (Middle Eastern spicy red pepper and walnut dip)

(Middle Eastern spicy roasted pepper dip)


Zataar (Middle Eastern spice blend)

(Middle Eastern spice blend)


Yogurt cultured milk

(Middle Eastern cultured milk; see Yogurt recipe)


Baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend

Middle Eastern spice blend


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