Best Travel-Themed Food Recipes to Create for Your Holiday Events

The holiday season is the perfect time to step up your gatherings. As you know, many people live comfortable patterns, especially with their food choices. For this reason, preparing a special dish will make the event extraordinary. In fact, dozens of holiday food recipes are available to make your gatherings more festive and diverse. You can also opt for exotic recipes when you can’t travel this holiday season. Most global dishes are easy to prepare. Plus, their unique flavor will make you feel like you’re on the road. So, here are some of the best travel-themed food recipes you can create for holiday events.

Cauliflower Musakhan with Tahini Dressing


Masukhan is a Palestinian dish made with chicken. However, you can also use cauliflower instead of chicken for a vegan-friendly holiday dish. The best part is that preparing this dish is quick and easy, making it one of the best travel-themed food recipes for your holidays. From there, you and your loved ones can enjoy its exotic spicy flavor and feel like you’re in a faraway land.

To make Cauliflower Musakhan, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cauliflower (medium)
  • 1 cup chickpeas (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (fresh, chopped)
  • 1 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 3 tbsp Pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tbsp Sumac
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Salt and pepper

Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup vegan yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper


Tahini Dressing

1. To make the dressing, you can combine the vegan yogurt, tahini, vinegar, lemon juice, and garlic in a bowl. Whisk the ingredients until the mixture is smooth. Finally, season the mixture with salt and pepper.

Cauliflower Musakhan

2. The first step in making this exotic holiday recipe is to preheat your oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius.

3. Afterward, combine cauliflower, olive oil, onions, sumac, cinnamon, cumin, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Mix all the ingredients, making sure that the cauliflower is covered with spices.

4. The next step is to place the mixture on a baking tray. Then, cover the tray with foil and bake for about 20 minutes.

5. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and add the chickpeas. Make sure to mix the ingredients and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

6. Finally, you can assemble the dish by spreading the tahini dressing on top of the baked cauliflower. Then, sprinkle the parsley and pomegranate seed on top of the dressing.

Caponata alla Siciliana


Caponata alla Sicilian is one of the best travel-themed food recipes you can create for holiday events. It is a traditional dish in Sicily, Italy, with a unique and festive flavor. With this dish, you can enjoy and experience Italian flavor without traveling to Italy.

To make this delicious holiday appetizer, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 400 grams tomatoes (chopped)
  • 10 Black or green olives (stoned and quartered)
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Red onion
  • 2 Cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp Capers (drained)
  • 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Grated dark chocolate (optional)
  • 1 tsp Caster sugar

You’ll also need:

  • 1 Baguette
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh basil (chopped)


1. The first step in making this holiday food is to cut the zucchini and eggplant into chunks. You don’t have to peel the veggies.

2. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Afterward, fry the zucchini and eggplant for about five minutes. Then, remove the veggies and set them aside.

3. The next step is to put the garlic, onion, and celery into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes until they are soft.

4. Afterward, add the dark chocolate, caster sugar, capers, chopped tomatoes, olives, and vinegar. Season the ingredients with salt and pepper. Then, cook the ingredients until the mixture boils. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat, and then add the zucchini and eggplant. Cover the pan and cook for about 15 minutes. You have to make sure that you stir the mixture occasionally.

5. The last step is to assemble the dish. The first step is to cut the bread into thick slices and toast them. Afterward, rub each slices of bread with cut garlic. Then, spread a tablespoon of caponata on the toasted bread. To make the dish look more appetizing, you can sprinkle fresh basil and drizzle some olive oil.

Maria is a contributor who is passionate about health, fitness, travel, and beauty. During her free time, she tries to discover the beauty hidden in the chaos of today's fast-paced way of life. With a background in health and medicine, she hopes to inspire you to start living a fun, active, and adventurous lifestyle through her writing.

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