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This traditional recipe for Baladieh Sakad from Almond Bar voted Australia's Favourite Middle Eastern Restaurant in the 2009 I love FOOD awards.


  • 250g Baladieh or Country Cheese

  • 2 whole tomatoes

  • ¼ cup Chopped flat leaf parsley

  • ¼ cup Crushed or chopped roasted almonds (unsalted)

  • 1/3 cup canned chickpeas (drained)

  • Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons All Spice (seven spices)

  • 1tablespoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup olive oil


  • 1.

    Cube the cheese and cut tomatoes into half wedges.

  • 2.

    Make the dressing by combining all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a spoon.

  • 3.

    Place all ingredients in a bowl, cover with dressing and toss through.

  • 4.

    Dressing should be a rich brown colour.

  • 5.

    This salad goes well with any type of meat or seafood dish and is even great on its own.

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