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sides with shish kebob

Planning a kabob barbecue next week. Looking for suggestions for side dishes that will work well.

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  1. What type of kabobs? Lamb? Are you looking for Middle Eastern recipes?

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    1. re: wyogal

      mix of lamb, beef, chix. greek or mid east or any thing that works. already planning on some hummus, pita, babbaganoush. maybe a greek salad, or a cuke and tomato medley

      1. re: stymie

        I'm gonna overrule the couscous because, as much as I love it, you have hummus and pita for starch. I'd do a good yogurt/feta sauce and grill some zucchini and yellow squash and cherry tomatoes and that feta sauce will be great with the meat, as well. Throw in your cuke/tomato and you've got a great meal - one of my favorites for entertaining, because it's so relaxed and casual as you all dig in.

    2. what about an herb rice pilaf.

        1. Roasted lemon potatoes
          Isreali couscous salad
          Grilled corn
          Fattoush salad

          1. Great that you are serving with pita, hummus, babaganoush. Grilled hot peppers and onions are usually good. Tabouli and tzatziki are a couple of other side dishes you might like.

            1. I would go with couscous. You could try this as it's very good! I don't care for the harissa so I skip that part.


              1. Orzo salad, either with diced steamed zucchini and halved cherry tomatoes and a vinaigrette that has M. E. spices, or with diced dried apricots, dried cranberries and currants, and sliced almonds, with a citrusy/cuminy vinaigrette or something a litle more sweet/sour.

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                1. re: mamachef

                  I like these 2 orzo salads and you can easily do them with couscous as well.

                  Orzo with Roasted Vegetables


                  Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Green Onions


                2. One of the many themes and variations on.... Couscous Salad.

                  1. If you're already doing pita, hummus and baba ghannouj, perhaps you can add another dip with a slightly different flavor profile. Muhammara, made from roasted red peppers, pomegranate molasses and walnuts is the first thing that comes to mind. Grilled corn with a herb butter made from dill, parsley and scallions could also be good. Cucumber and tomato salad sounds great, particularly if you liven it up with chopped mint and parsley.

                    Sauces are what make a barbecue for me, so I would also consider making toum, Lebanese garlic sauce, and/or tahini sauce.