Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

A light, refreshing cold soup for hot summer days.

3 tablespoons mint
3 tablespoons dill, plus chopped sprigs to finish
2 tablespoons tarragon
2 cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup yogurt
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup walnuts, plus 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts to finish
1 cup stale breadcrumbs
½ cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon to finish
6 scallions, roughly chopped
2-4 peeled garlic cloves, depending on your taste
juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
sprinkle cayenne pepper
salt, to taste
sprinkle sumac, to finish, optional

Add mint, dill, and tarragon to food processor. Pulse. Add remaining ingredients. Chill. Portion into bowls. Top with dill, walnuts, olive oil, and sumac, if desired. Serve.

Chilaquiles

I like to top my chilaquiles with a fried egg and bacon for a spicy breakfast.

Serves 2

vegetable oil, for frying
4 small corn tortillas, cut in 1.25″ strips
1/2 cup of salsa
fried egg, optional
bacon, cooked and chopped, optional
queso fresca for sprinkling, optional

Fill pan with vegetable oil 1″ high. Bring oil temperature up to 350F/ 175C. Fry corn tortillas, working in batches if necessary. Remove to paper towels.
Warm salsa. Add fried corn strips. Allow to slightly soften.
Top with fried egg and cheese (optional).
Serve.

Great with refried beans and cilantro cream sauce.

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a parsley salad with a few extras thrown in.
The amount of time your bulgur needs to soak will depend on its grade. A fine grade bulgur will only need a minute; if you use a coarser grade like I did, it can take 20 minutes. If you can’t find bulgur you can use couscous instead.

You can see it being made in our Mixed Meze Plate Video.

1/3 cup bulgur wheat
2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 bunches of parsley, finely chopped
1 bunch of mint, finely chopped
1/3 cup of olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

Pour boiling water over bulgur. Let it sit until softened and drain.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Stir and serve.

For more meze salad recipes check out our Tomato, Cucumber, and Red Pepper Salad.