Saturday, August 20, 2016

Labor Day Recipes with a Mediterranean Twist

Skip the French fries, potato salad and coleslaw this Labor Day; instead create a Labor Day barbecue feast with a twist – by using Mediterranean dishes to complete a nutritious meal. Not only do these recipes create tantalizing dishes that offer a break from traditional American fare, but they can also be created on a budget.

Impress guests this summer with these recipes from Nanoosh Mediterranean Hummus Bars& Counters, the all-natural, four-location quick service chain.


Makes (approximately 2lbs)
  • 3/4 lb raw organic chickpea
  • 1/3 lb tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt
1.    Soak the chickpea in water a day ahead.
2.    Cook the chickpea in boiling water for approximately 2 hours. Strain and chill
the chickpea.
3.    Place the chickpea in a food processor and mix with tahini, lemon juice, salt and water. Process until smooth.
4.    Taste and adjust to taste by adding lemon juice, water and/or salt.

Hummus Wrap

Serves 1
  • 1 whole wheat wrap
  • 1 handful of organic greens
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic hummus
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini sauce*
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of diced organic tomato and cucumber mix
  • 1 teaspoon of diced organic onion
  • A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
    1. Lay the wrap down.
    2. With a spoon spread the hummus on the wrap.
    3. Add the mixed greens.
    4. Add the tomato and cucumber mix and onion on top of mixed greens.
    5. Add the tahini sauce.
    6. Drizzle the olive oil on top.
    7. Roll the wrap. 

Quinoa Salad

Serves 6
  • 1 box of organic quinoa (a 1 lb box)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup organic walnut
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup organic raisins
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 branch cilantro (can be replaced with parsley)
  • Salt
    1. Cook and chill the quinoa.
    2. Dice the red onion and pepper to small cubes.
    3. Chop the cilantro and walnuts.
    4. Mix all ingredients together (including the raisins and cranberries).
    5. Add lemon juice and olive oil. Season to taste.

Source:  Nanoosh Mediterranean Hummus Bars & Counters

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