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67 Israeli food recipes you need to try

Source: https://jamiegeller.com/holidays/67-israeli-food-recipes-you-need-to-try/

Yom Haatzamut is just around the corner and Israeli is turning 67!!!  Let's celebrate with some Israeli food.  It might intimidate you to try making your own Israeli food, but it is easier than you think and JoyofKosher has got your back.

Prepare a breakfast so delicious it will transport you to a hotel in Jerusalem eating in the sun. Go all out with a three course feast, or take it easy with a simple on-the-go Israeli salad in pita. Whether it's making homemade tahini or hummus or tackling Israeli meatballs simmered in tahini, choose from these sixty seven Israeli recipes to create an authentic and fun Yom Haatzamut and celebrate Israel.

These 16 mains will bring you to the streets of Israel with the first bite.  Consider a classic Shawarma or go for this spiced up version served with pomegranate salsa.  Try your hand at any of our Kabob recipes and don't shy away from a challenge.  The Kataifi Nests with Mauritanian Ground Lamb are made with store bought nests from the freezer!!  They not only look elegant, but you will WOW you guests with their flavor.

  1. Israeli Meatballs Simmered in Tehina
  2. Homemade Schwarma
  3. Kataifi Nests with Mauritanian Ground Lamb
  4. Middle Eastern Roasted Chicken 
  5. Roasted Chicken Thighs with Grilled Eggplant and Mint
  6. Herb Crusted Lamb Shoulder
  7. Sumac Dusted Beef Skewers with Spicy Mango Chutney
  8. Beef Moussaka with Matbucha
  9. Lamb Shawarma with Pomegranate Mint Salsa
  10. Adena Kabab Lamb
  11. Kebab's with Pistachios 
  12. Lamb Chops on a bed of Couscous
  13. Schnitzle and Pititeem Israeli Cous Cous
  14. Falafel Crusted Chicken with Tahini Sauce
  15. Pomegranate Chicken
  16. Mediterranean Braised Beef


Ever think you could make your own falafels from scratch? You don't even have to fry them if you don't want to.  Take a lesson from the chef behind Taim restaurant and use olives or harissa instead of herbs if you like with her Falafel recipe.  You can even make our Chocolate Falafel.

  1. Black Olive Falafel
  2. Indian Red Lentil Falfel
  3. Oven Roasted Falafel

2o. Chocolate Falafel


From traditional Israeli Salad to our non-traditional Israeli Fruit Salad, we have everything.  Pack it up for lunch, go out for a picnic or stuff it in a pita to celebrate like the Israelis.  Don't miss the Jerusalem Artichoke Salad pictured above. You won't regret it!!

  1. Israeli Salad
  2. Israeli Cabbage Salad
  3. Israel Pepper Tomato Salad
  4. Jerusalem Artichoke Salad
  5. Middle Eastern Carrot Salad
  6. Zucchini and Dill Salad
  7. Eggplant Maple and Soy Sauce Salad
  8. Beefed Up Israeli Salad
  9. Israeli Fruit Salad
  10. Couscous and Cranberry Salad
  11. Mediterranean Bulgar Salad
  12. Israeli Inspired Leafy Green Salad

Apps, Sides, and Breads:

WOW your guests and make your own pita bread or surprise them with crunchy Mediterranean Lavash Nachos. You can never go wrong with Turmeric Rice and make sure to snack on our Tahini Sesame Kale Chips.

  1. Whole Wheat Couscous
  2. Turmeric Rice
  3. No Knead Whole Wheat Pita Bread
  4. Mediterranean Lavash Nachos
  5. Cauliflower Couscous
  6. Pita Bread
  7. Roasted Eggplant with Tahini
  8. Tahini Sesame Kale Chips
  9. Cauliflower with Tahini and Silan
  10. Zaatar Flatbread


Hummus, Hummus, Hummus... can go way beyond chickpeas, try out one of the Hummus recipes below, including the beautiful TriColor Hummus.  Don't forget Tahini, pure sesame paste can be livened up more than you realize!

  1. Zesty Walnut Hummus
  2. TriColor Hummus 
  3. Pinto Bean Hummus
  4. Zucchini Babaganoush
  5. Edamame Hummus
  6. Colorful Tahini
  7. Babaganoush with Tahini
  8. Matbucha


Yum!! Dessert is a great course to try something new like the this Frozen Limonana Slushy or these Limonana Bars based on the famous Israeli combo of lemonade and mint.   You can also try the festive Kachol V'lavan Cheesecake Squares, which highlight the blue and white colors of the Israeli flag. You can't go wrong with a Bamba snack based Peanut Butter Mousse. If you've never tried Bamba it's the leading snack food produced and sold in Israel according to Wikipedia and it tastes like a peanut butter cheese puff and makes for a delicious mousse.

  1. Basbousa Semolina Cake
  2. Kachol V'lavan Cheesecake Squares
  3. Chocolate Swirl Bread
  4. Limonana Bars
  5. Israeli Style No Bake Cheesecake
  6. Peanut Butter Bamba Mousse
  7. Tahini Olive Oil Cake
  8. Tahini Pomegranate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies


Flavor your fish with Israeli spices, like our favorite Zaatar.  You can even use it on Gefilte Fish.  You can also keep it simple by baked a whole fish.

  1. Zaatar Crusted Gefilte Fish
  2. Pan Seared Salmon with Sour Cream and Zaatar
  3. Mediterranean Baked Trout with Fennel Salad
  4. Mediterranean Style Sea Bass
  5. Steamed Cod with Olive Tapenade


Our last 5 recipes give you a range of ideas for Shakshuka. If you don't already know, Shakshuka is a popular Israeli dish of eggs poached in tomato pepper sauce with spices, which is said to have been introduced in Israel by Tunisian Jews. You can even change things up with a Baked Portobello Shakshuka recipe. The portobello mushrooms acts as the perfect bowl to hold a delicious recipe which is made easy by using premade matbucha salad.

  1. Lamb and Swiss Chard Shakshuka
  2. Shortcut Shakshuka
  3. Baked Portobello Shakshuka
  4. Shakshuka with Haloumi Cheese
  5. Classic Shakshuka

We hope you enjoyed our 67 recipes for Israel - let us know what you are doing to celebrate this year.