4 Easy Middle Eastern-Inspired Recipes by Chef Eden Grinshpan

Chicken, veggies and salad are our standard weeknight staples. They’re quick and easy, but…let’s face it, a tad boring. That is, until we spent the day cooking with chef and TV host Eden Grinshpan. The cofounder and executive chef of Dez knows a thing or two about Middle Eastern cooking, and she transformed our old standbys into four vibrant, flavorful dishes worthy of a Saturday dinner party.

From a salad laced with pita chips to the most beautiful carrots we’ve ever seen in our damn lives, you’ll want to incorporate these four new recipes into your dinner rotation, like, tonight.

PureWow’s Chef in Residence program invites food influencers and tastemakers from all over the world to create new recipes in our New York City test kitchen.

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Chicken Kebabs With Garlic Lemon Yogurt

Although this recipe calls for just a few ingredients, Grinshpan kicks the flavor up a notch by marinating the chicken in baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend. Don’t skip the cherry tomatoes, dipping sauce and mint—they come together while the chicken is marinating and make this recipe a complete meal.

Harissa And Honey-roasted Carrots

Who knew a basic ingredient like carrots could taste so complex? A four-ingredient sweet-and-spicy sauce amps up the flavor, while dukkah (a spice mixture of toasted nuts, herbs and seeds) takes the dish completely over the top.

Sumac And Fennel Fattoush

It’s official: We’re sprinkling pita chips over every salad we eat from now on. This appetizer is crunchy, creamy and—best of all—ready in 25 minutes.

Kamut And Sour Cherry Meze

For the uninitiated, Kamut is an ancient grain with a sweet, nutty flavor and al dente texture. And meze is a small Mediterranean dish designed to eat as an appetizer. (And just like that, you’ve learned two new things today.)

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Courtesy of Eden Grinshpan

About Eden Grinshpan

Eden is the host of Top Chef Canada and the cofounder and executive chef of Middle Eastern restaurant Dez in New York City. She co-created and starred in Eden Eats, a Cooking Channel series that explored the global culinary food scene, and Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan, also on the Cooking Channel, where she traveled the country in search of the most adventurous, well-known food bloggers and social media influencers. Eden lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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Freelance Editor

From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.