Growing up in Barcelona in a Jewish/Lebanese household, we were lucky to be exposed to an amazing fusion of cuisines that sparked our interest in food at a very young age. We had the chance to enjoy an incredible array of herbs, spices, flavors and textures that we still remember and use to this day.
Almost every ingredient, flavor and recipe we use today has a memory attached to it. And that is something we treasure immensely, now that we live in a town on the east coast, so far away from home.
We went back to all those familiar and comforting flavors to create this salad. Each component has a story or an endearing memory behind it. The za’atar croutons, for example, remind us of the za’atar pita sandwiches our mom used to pack for us to take to school and how our friends used to chase us around the playground just to get a taste.
The salad’s spiced chickpeas recall all the Moroccan spices that filled our friend’s homes with amazing smells. The Persian cucumbers and feta cheese were staples in our mom’s daily diet. And the tahini brings back images of our dad making hummus by hand every week on Shabbat. This salad is our way of sharing a little piece of us with you. Something you will certainly enjoy if you’re feeling adventurous and ready to explore new flavors!
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