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
Try these recipes from Lebanon.
(Middle Eastern spiced meat sandwich)
(Middle Eastern spiced meatballs)
(Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)
(Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)
(Mediterranean pocket bread)
(Middle Eastern chickpea and sesame dip)
(Eastern Mediterranean nut and phyllo sweet pastry)
(Middle Eastern roasted eggplant dip)
(Middle Eastern sesame-lemon sauce)
(Middle Eastern spicy roasted pepper dip)
(Middle Eastern spice blend)
(Middle Eastern lemonade; see Lemonade recipe)
(Middle Eastern pomegranate molasses; see Rob e-Anar recipe)
(Middle Eastern cultured milk; see Yogurt recipe)
(Lebanese green beans and tomatoes; see Fassolakia recipe)