A Middle Eastern Summer Party

Middle Eastern Pizza
Anita Schecter

As soon as the weather starts warming up, we all tend to want to move our entertaining outdoors. We break out the barbecues, start grilling, and spend more quality time with friends and family members. 

Don't get us wrong, while we enjoy a good, juicy burger during the summertime, every once in awhile we like to shake things up and add a bit of a twist to our summer parties. That's where this delicious and fun menu comes into play.

Instead of doing the same-old-same-old grilling menu, throw a Middle Eastern-inspired summer dinner party! With menu items from roasted beet and feta salad to Middle Eastern pita tacos to lamb burgers, treat your palate to a different, more zesty flavor profile. End the evening with a homemade pistachio ice cream and watch your guests' delight. 

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    Crunchy Roasted Cumin Chickpeas

    Crunchy Roasted Cumin Chickpeas
    Anita Schecter

    Keep your guests happy and snacking while you prepare the rest of the meal. These crunchy chickpeas are both healthy and addictive.

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    Tomato and Asparagus Fattoush Salad

    Tomato and Asparagus Fattoush Salad
    Anita Schecter

    Get the party started and take advantage of summer asparagus with this fresh bread salad.

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    Roasted Beet and Feta Cheese Salad with Sumac Dressing

    Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Sumac Dressing
    Anita Schecter

    You can roast the beets ahead of time and then quickly assemble this rock star salad for your guests to dive into.

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    Middle Eastern Pizza

    Middle Eastern Pizza
    Anita Schecter

    This easy pizza recipe makes a great appetizer and uses naan bread so there's no need for the high heat of a pizza oven. Try it on the grill at your next cookout.

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    Middle Eastern Potatoes

    Middle Eastern Potatoes
    Anita Schecter

    Potatoes are everybody's favorite side dish and these crispy cast iron potatoes can be made on the stovetop or on the grill!.

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    Pasta Salad with Spinach, Chickpeas and Tahini

    Pasta Salad with Spinach, Chickpeas and Tahini
    Anita Schecter

    Try throwing an outdoor party without serving pasta salad and you just may have a riot on your hands. This recipe gives the classic a fun new twist.

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    Crunchy Middle Eastern Chicken Salad

    Crunchy Middle Eastern Chicken Salad
    Anita Schecter

    Instead of grilled chicken, try offering this crunchy chicken salad as a great way to mix things up.

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    Middle Eastern Pita Tacos

    Middle Eastern Pita Tacos
    Anita Schecter

    Set up a DIY taco station that will be fun for your guests and make your job easy.

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    Za'atar Roasted Lamb Chops

    Za'atar Roasted Lamb Chops
    Anita Schecter

    Lamb chops cook quickly and it's easy to make a lot for a crowd. Try them on the grill with this flavorful seasoning.

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    Middle Eastern Spiced Burger

    Middle Eastern Spiced Burger
    Anita Schecter

    Who doesn't love a grilled burger but try seasoning your ground beef with these spices first for a special treat.

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    Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies

    Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies
    Anita Schecter

    These cookies are a fun twist to the classic chocolate chip and their soft chewy textures makes them great even when baked ahead.

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    Honey Pistachio Ice Cream

    Honey Pistachio Ice Cream
    Anita Schecter

    What better way is there to close out an outdoor party than with bowls of sweet, cold ice cream. Try this sweet and salty treat sandwiched between two of the tahini cookies for a classic summer dessert.