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Mediterranean

Cilantro Pistou

Pistou is the Provençal version of pesto. Minus the nuts and cheese, the condiment is stirred into hot soups just before serving or used as a bread dip. Here we’ve used cilantro instead of the traditional fresh basil to create a sauce that complements Southwestern and Asian dishes just as well as it does Mediterranean recipes.

Ann Gentry's Toasted Quinoa Tabbouleh

Toasted Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa lends itself well to the herbs and citrus of tabbouleh, and packs more plant protein than the traditional grain used, bulgur wheat. Taste and adjust the seasonings before serving the salad, as the grains may absorb some of the added flavor.

Stuffed Grape Leaves Casserole

Stuffed Grape Leaves Casserole

If you like stuffed grape leaves, you’ll love this casserole, which has all the flavors of the bite-size appetizers without all the rolling. You don’t have to parboil jarred grape leaves, but a quick dip in boiling water tenderizes them and removes some of their saltiness.

Cherry Tomato and Tapenade Tartlets

Cherry Tomato and Tapenade Tartlets

Three Mediterranean pantry staples—tapenade, hummus, and herbes de Provence—are used to make these individual appetizers that got high marks from the VT staff. Serve on a bed of greens dressed with balsamic vinaigrette, and follow with a vegetable-laced stew.

Mediterranean Terrine

Mediterranean Terrine

This updated version of a classic French terrine brings back the flavors of summer in a way that doesn't feel out of place on a harvest table. Agar powder, a vegetarian substitute for gelatin, is available at natural-food stores and Asian markets. Garnish with Parsley-Garlic Crème.

Membrillo (Quince Paste)

Membrillo (Quince Paste)

A Spanish delicacy with a gumdrop-like texture, membrillo is traditionally served with manchego cheese.

Warm Lentil Salad with Grapes, Feta, and Mint

Warm Lentil Salad with Grapes, Feta, and Mint

Red grapes are the surprise element in this cold-weather version of a classic Mediterranean salad. They create little bursts of sweetness in each bite. Serve over a bed of baby spinach, if desired.

Chickpea Soup

Chickpea Soup

This soup is a centerpiece unto itself or it can be an elegant starter for a more elaborate meal. Meal Plan: Serve with mesclun salad and your favorite dressing. Accompany it with a crusty baguette or flatbread.

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