Updated: Feb 7, 2021
Lebanon is a Middle East country is known as the “Paris of the Middle East” because of its beauty, charm, and culture.
Lebanese kitchen is famous for its extremely flavorful dishes and for the variety of spices they use.
Here are some of the most delicious Lebanese foods you should try if you visit Lebanon.
Appetizer (Mezze) & Main Courses
Hummus (Chickpea Dip)
Hummus is one of the most popular and beloved dishes from the Levantine region in the world, it is an important dish of Lebanese mezze.
Hummus is a dip made of mashed Chickpeas, Tahini Paste, lemon juice, garlic, and Olive oil.
It’s a savory dish that can be eaten with so many kinds of foods. You can eat it as a side dish with grilled meat or chicken platters, dip raw or cooked vegetables in it, or spread it on many types of bread.
Fattoush is a traditional Lebanese salad.
It is made of lettuce, onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, mint, and fried pita bread or pita chips. Pita bread is cut into small pieces, then toasted, grilled, or fried, the vegetables are chopped and cut into small pieces and mixed with a generous amount of herbs, most commonly mint and parsley.
Then mix all the ingredients with is the dressing, that made of olive oil, lemon juice, and pomegranate molasses. The main ingredient, after the crunchy pita bread, is sumac.
This salad is served at both lunch and dinner and is generally served as a side dish along with grilled meats.
Tabbouleh is a salad dish usually served as an appetizer, it is sometimes accompanied by pita bread, baba ghanoush, or hummus.
It is made of fresh parsley, mint, bulgur, finely chopped tomatoes, and onions, that mix with a drizzle of lemon juice, salt, and olive oil. It is served with lettuce on the side.
For better taste, it is recommended to refrigerate tabbouleh for a few hours before serving.
The secret to the real Tabbouleh taste is not the bulgur. It’s the huge amount of finely chopped parsley combined with a little bit of bulgur. Parsley holds well against the lime juice in the dressing.
It is often served with chicken shawarma or shish taouk.
Over time, Lebanese have developed this traditional dish, experimenting with versions that replace bulgar with quinoa and tomatoes with pomegranate seeds.