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Israeli salad It is an easy Middle Eastern salad recipe made from tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and fresh herbs. When all those flavors and juices are mixed, you have a tasty and healthy salad to enjoy.
Do you want to know what I love about an Israeli salad? It is simple, fresh, tasty and nutritious. With just a handful of ingredients and a good amount of herbs, you get an amazing salad that goes well with any meal.
Last year I spent two weeks in Israel and the kitchen inspired me a lot. Everything I ate was full of vegetables with vibrant colors and bold flavors. My stomach was in heaven and I felt more energetic than in years. And guess what I had to repeat the whole trip? A simple Israeli salad.
Israeli salad is a common recipe that is served at lunch or dinner, but I also saw it frequently at breakfast buffets. Vegetables for breakfast? Yes please. And let me tell you, Tel Aviv has some of the best breakfast buffets.
Israeli salad ingredients
The beauty of this salad is its simplicity. It is very similar to a Greek salad, minus cheese and with an Israeli twist.
- Tomatoes: Take some Roma tomatoes or bright red cherry tomatoes
- Cucumber: Persian cucumbers are ideal, but English cucumbers also work.
- Pepper I am using orange pepper to fix the color, but any color pepper will work.
- Red onion: For that sweeter flavor, red onion can't be beat in salads.
- Parsley and Mint: Israeli food is all about fresh herbs and this salad recipe is no different
- Lemon juice and Olive oil: For that touch of acid and bright flavor to help it all melt together.
- Salt and pepper: Season to your liking.
Once all of your ingredients are chopped, simply add them to a bowl, drizzle with the lemon juice and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Then stir and enjoy. Yes, it's that easy.
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Extra salad tips
- Chop all the size of a bite: It is best when all vegetables are diced to the same size. Makes it easier to put a variety of vegetables together on a fork.
- Add extra spices: Feel free to adapt this recipe and add a pinch of traditional Middle Eastern spices, such as sumac or za’atar. Or keep it simple, it's delicious either way.
- Let it sit: You can serve this salad right away, but it's also great if you let it sit for a couple of hours. The flavors will simply improve. In fact, you can store it for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
What to serve with this salad?
Serve this salad as a garnish to accompany your favorite protein or as part of a mezze platter with a little my favorite recipes from the Middle East, including Baba Ganoush, Hummus, Falafel, Tahini Sauce, Cucumber Lentil Salad, Cauliflower Rice Tabouleh and Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower. The most delicious variety!
If you try this recipe and you love itBe sure to let me know in the comments below.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
This Israeli salad is a simple mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, red onion, and fresh herbs. It is so easy, healthy and delicious that you will love it!
- 2 cups diced tomatoes
- 2 cups diced cucumber
- 1 cup orange bell pepper or any color
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Calories: 79kcal, Carbs: 10g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated fat: 1g, Sodium: 18mg, Potassium: 437mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1810IU, Vitamin C: 71mg, Calcium: 56mg Iron: 2mg