Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish

Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish

Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish is the final condiment that I made to go with the fabulous Home Style Chicken Shawarma I made earlier in the week. And that was fabulous and can be made on the grill or on a sheet pan. Gotta love that! (I’m a little relieved that this is the final post because I have a cake coming up – and what a cake! Now that’s a shameless teaser, isn’t it?)

Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish

Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish

A lot of that recipe and the condiments to go with it, the Lemon Garlic Tahini Sauce, the Zhoug and this recipe for the Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish came from Chef Ottolenghi, the famed London Chef who’s known for kind if mixing things up and breaking a few rules to delicious effect.

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Spicy Beef & Feta Skewers with Greek Brown Rice Salad (made with Instant Pot Brown Rice)

Greek Brown Rice Salad

I’ve been on a bit of a Meditteranean kick. I’m trying to health up the rest of the summer, at least until Labor Day comes. Besides it’s August and it’s hot and it’s humid (whine whine whine) and I want to eat (and cook) cool and light. And so I made Greek Brown Rice Salad to go with my soon to be posted Spicy Beef & Feta Skewers.

Spicy Beef & Feta Skewers with Greek Brown Rice Salad (made with Instant Pot Brown Rice)

Spicy Beef & Feta Skewers with Greek Brown Rice Salad (made with Instant Pot Brown Rice)

I just did a post for Horiatiki Greek Salad not too long ago. Gosh, that was good. And I wanted to carry some of those flavors forward with a little twist. Funny how I listed so many variations of our American Style Greek Salads, but I didn’t mention or think about combining it with rice, let alone brown rice.

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Horiatiki Greek Salad

Horiatiki Greek Salad

I’m betting you’ve had Horiatiki Greek Salad before even if you don’t know what the heck Horiatiki is! It’s just the Greek name for that cucumber tomato salad that’s so ubiquitous (look at me with all the big words, today!) all over the United States. And in Greece, too, from what I understand, where it originated.

Horiatiki Greek Salad

Horiatiki Greek Salad

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Grilled Sesame Chicken Salad with 3 Dressing Options . about $5.75

These salads with an Asian flair seem to be all the rage these days and it’s no wonder: crisp lettuce, chicken and dressings that are almost addictive. And if you’re lucky, you’ll find one with a few little fried won-ton strips, just in case all that health is too much for you! Make them at home, though, and you’ll spend a fraction of the money, up the nutritional value and lower the calories.

Grilled Sesame Chicken Salad

Grilled Sesame Chicken Salad

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Falafel Sandwiches

I can’t remember the last time I had Falafel – college maybe? It seems there is always some wonderful place near a college in every city I’ve lived in…but who wants to take a drive just to have the experience? Surprisingly easy to make at home, you can customize them just the way you’d like.

Falafel Sandwiches - customizable at home!

Falafel Sandwiches – customizable at home!

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Classic Gazpacho

Classic Gazpacho

During the heat of summer, I can hardly think of a better meal than Classic Gazpacho. Cool and refreshing, this Gazpacho gets a bit of richness from the olive oil, a good tang from the vinegar and just the faintest touch of heat from a little jalapeno.

Classic Gazpacho

Classic Gazpacho

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