Marinated olives from Trader Joe’s have become a new staple of mine. They’re served in airtight packs that can keep for weeks in my pantry – they’ve come in handy for a number of last-minute get-togethers.

To offer a few other bites, I chop up some pickled turnips and fresh figs alongside a plate of pistachios. Pop open a bottle of white wine and we’re done!
I always make sure to have two spices on hand – aleppo pepper flakes and za’atar. While there are many uses for the spices, I love them because they can be quickly combined with olive oil and poured over store-bought hummus – it lends a bit of extra depth to something very familiar.

I also drizzle a bit of olive oil and sprinkle black salt + lemon zest over Labneh – another option to pair with grilled pita and pita chips.
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I had a few friends over a couple of weekends ago, and prepared a pretty bountiful Middle Eastern spread, without soiling a single saucepan.
Shopping List
  • Hummus
  • Labneh
  • Grilled Pita
  • Pita Chips
  • Marinated Olives
  • Pickled Turnips
  • Fresh Figs
  • Pistachios
  • Za’tar
  • Aleppo Pepper Flakes
  • Lemon Zest
  • Black Salt
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