Herbaceous Lebanese Slaw

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Get ready for a refreshing and herbaceous take on a classic slaw. Perfect on its own or for accompanying your Middle Eastern feast, this Lebanese slaw is fresh, crunchy, and very addicting. The flavorful, aromatic herbs, citrusy zest of the lemon, and rich olive oil keep you coming back bite after bite. If this is your first experience with a Middle Eastern slaw, we can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

Traditionally, Lebanese slaw contains mint, but we added parsley and dill to the recipe as well. This holy trifecta of herbs will maximize your flavor and turn the deliciousness factor up to 11. Plus, the crispy bite of the chopped scallions beautifully contrasts the intensity of the dill and mint. It’s almost like a Shirazi salad, which contains the same herbs and the addition of cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion.

The real star of this slaw, though, is the Za’atar spice. This traditional Middle Eastern spice mixture is commonly used in savory dishes, but it has a place in light and fresh dishes as well. Throughout history, there have been several variations of this spice blend, but several ingredients tend to remain the same. You can purchase Za’atar spice in the store, or you can easily make your own if you have the spices on hand. It typically contains sesame seeds, sea salt, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried marjoram, and ground sumac.

Herbaceous Lebanese Slaw
  • Prep Time:20m
  • Total Time:20m

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 c scallions, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 c parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 c mint, chopped
  • 1/4 c dill, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. raw agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. za'atar

Instructions

  1. Add the shredded cabbage to a large bowl and season with sea salt. Give it a quick toss and then add the scallions, garlic, parsley, mint, and dill.
  2. Pour the olive oil, lemon juice, agave, and za'atar over the cabbage and herbs and toss to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  3. Let the slaw sit for about 10-15 minutes before serving, so you can let the flavors get to know each other. Serve and enjoy.
2022-08-17T14:48:56-07:00