A Middle Eastern Summer Party

The 4th of July weekend is days away and summer grilling parties are in full swing. Here are a dozen delicious ideas for giving your outdoor party food a Middle Eastern twist. 

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    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
    Anita Schecter

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

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    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.