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Middle Eastern Flat Bread with Turkey and Tangerine Tahini Sauce

Middle Eastern Flat Bread with Turkey and Tahini Tangerine Sauce

Flat Bread with Turkey and Tangerine Tahini Sauce

Looking for a new appetizer or lunch idea? Try this Middle Eastern Flat Bread with Turkey and Tangerine Tahini Sauce that will be a crowd pleaser for your party or quick and delicious lunch or even light dinner.

My husband usually goes paddle boarding on Saturday, so I have all morning to myself, drinking coffee, watching “food network ” and snuggling with my dog! My snuggle buddy, Bella:)


I do however make a nice lunch for us on weekends as it the only time I actually have time to make something interesting and take some pictures for my blog. I had some flat bread, some ground turkey and some greens in the fridge, so I came with this idea. First, I sautéd some turkey until browned, then added garlic, onions and ginger and spices like cumin, paprika, cinnamon, ground cloves and turmeric.
Then you spread the turkey mixture on the lavash bread ( but any flat bread will work) and bake it for about 5-8 minutes until slightly crisp, and then I served it with toasted almonds, tangerine segments, some greens and tahini tangerine sauce. I think goat cheese and some pomegranate seeds will be a great addition. I will have to try next time!

Middle Eastern Flat Bread with Turkey and Tangerine Tahini Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 25 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finally chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4-inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne or to taste
  • 1 tsp Sea salt and 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Flat bread ( I used 2 lavash breads but any flat bread will work)
  • Handful of greens (spinach, arugula, etc)
  • Tangerine Tahini Sauce (recipe below)
  • 1/3 cup toasted unsalted almonds, chopped
  • Tangerine segments from 3-4 tangerines


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees (you can make this on the grill as well).
  2. In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil, add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks. Add more oil if needed, then add garlic, onion, and ginger and cook until onions have become translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add the rest of the spices, except for fresh herbs an and sauté over low medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add fresh herbs. Adjust seasoning to taste. Remove from heat.
    Brush the flatbread very lightly with olive oil and then put a sprinkling of sea salt on before adding other toppings. Scatter the turkey evenly over each flatbread. Bake for about 5-8 minutes, until the flatbread gets slightly crisp.
    Remove from the oven, sprinkle the greens over the top of each bread, add tangerine segments, almonds and finish with a little bit of tangerine tahini sauce. Cut into pieces and serve warm.

Tangerine Tahini Sauce 

  • 1/2 cup sesame tahini
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon white miso
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or to taste
  • salt, pepper to taste

Pulse all of the ingredients together until smooth in a blender. Use leftovers as a salad dressing or over the grilled veggies.


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  • Reply
    Lynz Real Cooking
    November 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    yuummmm sounds good!

  • Reply
    November 29, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Delicious! And so quick, simple, and versatile. I love the sound of the tangerine-tahini sauce!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks Darya! It’s one of my favorite flats breads:) I think tangerine works well with tahini…

      • Reply
        November 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

        I’m sure it does; last year I tried a tahini-bitter orange sauce for fish, and it was wonderful! I’m sure it works well with all tangy citruses.

  • Reply
    December 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Looks fantastic, love your snuggle buddy!!

  • Reply
    December 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Nice and easy!

  • Reply
    December 3, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Nice lunch any day of the week !

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    The Hungry Mum
    December 14, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Such a good and tasty meal! My gals would love this.

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    Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser
    December 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Olga-Happy New Year!

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    Patty Nguyen
    December 31, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Hello Bella! Can I snuggle with you, too?? Your flat bread looks fantastic, Olga. I can smell the spices from here! My very best wishes to you and yours for a great 2016!

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