A mezze (or meze) is a popular style of eating in the Mediterranean and Middle East. A mezze platter is made up of several small dishes usually eaten as an appetizer or light meal. Similar to Spanish tapas, each dish is meant to be shared and the various flavors compliment each other.
Here’s a little walk around our Middle Eastern Mezze Platter. The Recipes are linked to the dish titles.
Because many of the dishes are dips of one kind or another, most always a mezze will include fresh herbs & veggies such as cucumber, bell peppers, radish, and mint or parsley and nuts (we included walnuts). You’ll also want to include pita bread and/or other flatbread type crackers.
Jerusalem Salad brings nice fresh bright flavors to your mezze platter. Loaded with cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and fresh parsley, Jerusalem Salad is tossed in a simple lemon vinaigrette that really gives the salad a burst of citrus flavor.
Tabbouleh is a traditional Lebanese salad made with grains like bulgar, couscous or quinoa that’s tossed with lots of fresh parsley, cilantro and mint, diced tomato and cucumber and dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. It’s absolutely delicious and gorgeous on a mezze platter.
Baba Ghanoush, a creamy smoky eggplant dip, is a personal favorite and a classic Levantine dish. The rich flavor plays so nicely with the other bright dishes being served.
Labneh (soft Middle Eastern cheese made from strained Greek yogurt) with roasted beets is an easy dish to include on your meze platter. We also love Kofta Kebab made with ground lamb or beef. They’re packed with fresh herbs and spices and are delicious served on a bed of saffron rice.
With their crispy outside and tender most center, these Falafel are a crowd pleaser. They get their bright green color from fresh herbs and you know that makes me happy. Falafel are perfect served with a side of creamy Lemon Tahini Sauce.
Marinated Olives & Feta bring a nice salty briny flavor component to our mezze platter.
Sharing a Middle Eastern Mezze Platter with friends and family is a fantastic way to allow everyone to sample so many wonderful Levantine dishes. Whether you serve it as an appetizer with cocktails or as light dinner your guests will be delighted by it’s beautiful presentation and bright fresh flavors.
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