Not only does this Mediterranean spice blend work in salads like our Chickpea Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette, it is also an amazing dry rub for meat and fish. The toasted cumin seeds and smoked paprika give this spice blend an unbelievable smokey and earthy flavor. It also goes great in any wet marinade, like a Greek yogurt marinade for chicken with a Tablespoon of this spice blend mixed in. I’ve added a teaspoon of this to tomato sauce and it transformed it into a completely different sauce which created a whole new delectable sauce. I’m excited to see what other uses I can come up with this Mediterranean spice blend, and I’m happy to hear your ideas too! Enjoy!
Beyond flavor, spices have amazing health benefits too. Here is a list of some of the benefits for each of the spices in this Mediterranean spice blend.
Paprika – nutrient-rich, may promote vision, anti-inflammatory, good for improving cholesterol, anti-cancer, and improve blood sugar control
Cumin Seed – helps with digestion, rich in iron, may help with diabetes and cholesterol, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory
Onion Powder – fights infection, may help with diabetes, good for bone health, promotes digestion
Garlic Powder – anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, may lower cholesterol levels
Chase is currently the Managing Director/Executive Chef of Franklin and Murray Colleges at Yale University. She graduated in 1998 from The Arts Institute at the New York Restaurant School. She has worked at restaurants such as Nobu and Next Door Nobu (3 Star NY Times), Tribeca Grill, Roy’s New York, and Schaeffer City Oyster Bar and Grill.