Lebanese Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

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Up North here in Michigan, Harbor Springs loves a good parade, even the very short one that passes by at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day each year (a foil to the giant 4th of July parade a few short weeks later). The veterans line up and the high school band sounds its stirring, mournful drumbeat that calls us out to the porch—where we’ll stay, for the most part, all summer long. Often with a plate of food in our laps, salads and dips and other beauties charred from the grill.

Even if you don’t have a Memorial Day parade to call your own, this parade of Lebanese (or, at least, Lebanese-style…) recipes ought to get us all off to a good start to our well-deserved summer.



Grilled Pizza with Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, and Za’atar

Baba Gannouj, Roasted Eggplant Dip

Muhummara, Roasted Red Pepper-Walnut Dip

Lamb Kofta Burgers

Lebanese Warm Potato Salad with Mint

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream

Crunchy Sesame Cookies

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  1. Diane Nassir (My maternal grandmother was an Abowd) says:

    My Sito made the sesame seed cookies–yummy! I have never put pomegranate seeds on my hummus–my Mother always made a circle with paprika around the edge for color (no seeds available in PA in the 40s, so now I see why the paprika)–I will try the seeds next time-so pretty!

    Happy Early Birthday Maureen!!!

  2. Ellen Halverson says:

    Well, I’m completely hooked….thanks to our mutual friend Maili Brocke and posting your wonderful recipes on Facebook…I’ve now made my own yogurt (never buy commercial again) and want to try this entire menu…..thank you for opening up yet another ‘book’ for me of new and wonderful food to try…..
    so much to learn.

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Thanks so much Ellen! Welcome here!

  3. Amanda says:

    Well I know the potato salad is incredible. Now on to those sesame cookies! (Is it really almost Memorial Day? Summer–here? Already?)

    1. Maureen Abood says:

      Sesame cookies rock it! Up here, summer could not come fast enough!!