Middle Eastern dishes offer a lot of health benefits because their base ingredients allow for a low-fat diet with a high vitamin boost. One of these ingredients is Olive Oil, a base ingredient often mixed with other herbs and spices to make dips and sauces or as salad dressing or part of marinades.
According to Healthy Line, there are 11 proven benefits of Olive Oil some of which include having anti-inflammatory properties, contains antioxidants and prevents heart problems. And since most Middle Eastern – Lebanese dishes use Olive Oil as a base ingredient or as a method of cooking, their food is a lot healthier compared to another culture’s dishes.
Here are 12 olive oil-based Middle Eastern dishes you need to try in each month to get your fill of delicious but healthy LEBANESE FOOD.
January – Tabbouleh is a vegetarian salad made from burghul (crushed wheat), fresh diced tomato, parsley, diced onion, and herbs & spices tossed in fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil dressing.
February – Hummus is one of the most popular Middle Eastern food with different versions all over the world. At Elie’s Tent, we have the Hummus Bi-Laham, or Hummus bi-tahini topped with seasoned ground lamb for meat lovers and Hummus for vegans and vegetarians made with chickpeas blended with tahini sauce and herbs & spices.
March – The Lebanese Garden Salad is a flavourful vegan and vegetarian food made with fresh lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and capsicum tossed in garlic, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil for dressing.
April – Muhummara is a kind of dip which originated from Syria but found its way to Middle Eastern cuisines. This dip is made from crushed walnuts, and breadcrumbs blended with olive oil, pomegranate molasses and red peppers which gives it its distinct red colour and sweet flavour.
May – Fattoush is a kind of salad made from crispy Lebanese bread with a selection of herbs and fresh vegetables tossed in a fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil dressing.
June – Kibbeh Nayeh or raw kibbeh is a Levantine mezze or a small dish served with other selection of food. At Elie’s Tent, our Kibbeh Nayeh is made from fresh lamb tenderloin grounded together with burghul or bread crumbs and our special herb seasoning including olive oil.
July – Foul Moudamas is a vegetarian food made with fava beans as its main ingredient. Olive oil, parsley, onion, garlic and lemon are then added to add taste and texture to the dish.
August – Lemony Labneh with Pistachios is a kind of dip made with Lebanese yoghurt mixed with lemon olive oil and lemon zest topped with cucumbers and pistachios.
September – Shankleesh is vegetarian food made with firm yoghurt cheese, drizzled with diced onion, hot chilli and extra virgin olive oil.
October – Loubieh Bi Zeit or green beans in oil is a traditional Lebanese food made with beans and other vegetables like tomatoes braised with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with herbs and spices.
November – Samke Harra is a seafood dish made with Snapper fillet marinated with fresh coriander, garlic, chilli, lemon juice and, extra virgin olive oil.
December – Baba Ganoush is another favourite Middle Eastern cuisine. This dip is made from cooked eggplant blended with tahini, olive oil and various seasonings.
If you try these Middle Eastern – Lebanese food at least once a month, you’ll surely feel more healthy because Olive Oil is used as the base ingredient for these dishes.
Elie’s Tent is one of the best restaurants in Victoria Park! We are a Victoria Park vegan and vegetarian restaurant that serves authentic Lebanese halal food including Salads in Perth. As part of Albany Highway restaurants, we are also a Lebanese cafe that serves short and long macchiato together with other pastries such as Baclava.