7 Armenian Recipes That You Need to Try

December 18, 2022

Armenian recipes hold a special place in my heart. As an Armenian-American, not only do they remind me of my culture, but they also remind me of some of my fondest childhood memories, of making these recipes with my dad and grandmother. Now, I love sharing my take on these traditional Armenian recipes with my family, and I know that you will love them too!

If you’re new to Armenian cooking, or just want to try a new, healthy twist on the recipe(s) that you love, then I’m excited to share with you these 7 Armenian Recipes That You Need to Try!

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1. Armenian Cucumber & Tomato Salad

This bright and refreshing Armenian Cucumber & Tomato Salad is bright, delicious, and beloved by all! It’s perfect to eat as a snack on its own, or makes the perfect compliment to any kebab dish.

1) Armenian Cucumber & Tomato Salad

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If you are looking for a quick, easy, and delicious recipe that comes together in minutes, then look no further because this is IT! My Armenian Cucumber & Tomato Salad is a light, simple, and refreshing dish that only takes a few minutes to whip up, but can be enjoyed and savored throughout the week. It's the best! Plus, this recipe also happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly, making it the perfect dish for everyone to enjoy!
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2. Beef Kofta Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

And if you’re looking for the perfect dish to serve alongside your cucumber & tomato salad, then look no further than these Beef Kofta Kebabs. These tender, hearty kebabs are packed with flavor, and when served alongside this creamy tzatziki sauce? It’s a true match made in heaven.

2) Beef Kofta Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

I love weaving my Armenian heritage into my recipes, and these Beef Kofta Kebabs are no exception. These warm, flavorful kababs were a favorite of mine growing up, and to this day, they remind me of home. Plus, in this recipe, we're pairing them with a delicious homemade tzatziki sauce, which makes for the perfect combination. But don't just take my word for it – make this recipe with me and you'll see just what I'm talking about!
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3. The Ultimate Kale Tabouleh

Perhaps the most well-known Armenian dish is Tabouleh, a bright, colorful salad that’s packed with herbs and tender bulgur. Of course, my take on this salad includes one of my all-time favorite ingredients: kale! This may not be your typical Tabouleh recipe, but it is absolutely delicious. I promise, you’re going to love it!

3) The Ultimate Kale Tabouleh

A large bowl of the kale tabouleh salad, with fresh lemon wedges and a wooden spoon sticking out of it
One of my favorite Middle Eastern dishes is the classic Tabouleh salad, and just when I thought it couldn't get any better: it did. This is The Ultimate Kale Tabouleh, made with one of my favorite ingredients – kale – instead of the traditional parsley. It is naturally dairy-free, vegan-friendly, and is so delicious whether paired with a dish like kebabs, or eaten alone!
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4. Rice Pilaf

While Rice Pilaf has become more common in Western culture, did you know that it originated in Armenia? It’s true! This delightful rice dish is paired with thin noodles and comes together with only four ingredients, for a dish so good that it could easily be enjoyed on its own!

5. Armenian Shortbread “S” Cookies (Kourabia)

These cookies are a staple in Armenian households during the holiday season, but can truly be enjoyed all year round! They are tender, delicious, and made with a simple blend of flour, butter, and powdered sugar, for a cookie that truly melts in your mouth. These cookies always remind me of my grandmother’s house, and if you’ve ever spent time around an Armenian grandmother, then you’ll know this recipe!

5) Armenian Shortbread “S” Cookies (Kourabia)

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As the colder months approach and the holiday season is upon us, there is nothing better than baking up a batch of delicious cookies to enjoy with friends and family. And when it comes to cookies, there are few cookies that are more cozy and comforting than Armenian Shortbread "S" Cookies, also known as Kourabia. These cookies, also known as butter cookies, are a staple of Armenian cuisine and are often enjoyed during special occasions such as weddings and holiday gatherings. They are a favorite of both young and old, and their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. I know you're going to love them!
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6. Bulgur Salad (Eech)

This creamy, tomato-y, bulgur salad is traditionally served in Armenian households during Lent, when many Armenians give up eating meat. However, this salad is so delicious that it can truly be enjoyed anytime! I love to wrap this salad in grape leaves or romaine lettuce leaves to give it some more texture, but it can easily be enjoyed on its own.

7. Grain Free Tabouleh Salad

This twist on the classic Tabouleh salad is completely grain-free, which means it’s perfect for those who are sensitive to gluten or grains! This salad is lighter and more refreshing than traditional Tabouleh, but don’t let that fool you – it is still delicious and jam-packed with flavor!

7) GRAIN FREE TABOULEH SALAD

A bowl of the grain free tabouleh salad, topped with a lemon wedge. A fork sits in the bowl, and a cutting board with lemons and salt can be seen in the background
at your salads got better the longer they sat, rather than turning into a soggy mess, then my friends, let me introduce you to one of my favorite dishes: tabouleh. My Grain-Free Tabouleh Salad is a delicious, hearty salad that actually gets better over time. It is a traditional Middle Eastern dish, but my take is grain-free, giving it a fresh and modern twist. Plus, it also happens to be paleo and vegan-friendly, making it a salad that anyone can enjoy!
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If you decide to make any of these recipes, please be sure to leave a comment and rating below! And since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations so I can see them and repost on my IG stories! Enjoy! xx

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  1. I absolutely have fallen in love with your recipes. My husband and I just made your pizza spaghetti squash bowls and loved them! Your cookbook is my fav so far!

    • Amanda, this makes me so happy to hear! I am so happy you’re enjoying the cookbook, and the spaghetti squash boats. Thank you for making my recipes and for leaving such a sweet review!