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Easy Lebanese Salad, also known as Lebanese Salata, is a salad mixing chopped tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, cucumber, green onion and parsley topped with a lemony-mint dressing. This is healthy, light and the prefect addition to any meal or add grilled chicken or salmon to make it a meal itself. 

Easy Lebanese Salad with Wood Spoons

EASY LEBANESE SALAD

Do you guys see all of those healthy, fresh vegetables in one bowl? I am in love with this Easy Lebanese Salad.

This is one of my favorites to have on hand. If you frequent Middle Eastern restaurants you might know this salad as Lebanese Salata.

It is the topping to a lot of the meals you will order when you eat in those restaurants.

For example, they would top a Chicken Shawarma Bowl with it, or add it to a Beef Kafta Bowl or add it to a Hummus Spiced Beef Plate or a pita filled with hummus, tabbouleh and chicken. 

Easy Lebanese Salad in White Bowl

Of course with many of my salads you can really customize this however you like by adding additional goodies like beans, grilled meat, feta cheese or other vegetables.

The dressing is delicious and worth making a double batch of to drizzle on everything.

Sometimes I miss things up and add a teaspoon of sumac or za’atar, but this dressing is great as is too.

I like to have a big container of this salad in my fridge for lunches during the week.

If you plan to use this salad a day or two after making it I would suggest waiting to add the salad dressing until you are ready to eat it so it doesn’t get soggy.

I love salads and often rotate between today’s recipe, Fattoush Salad, this Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing and this Mediterranean Bean Salad

Easy Lebanese Salad Side View

Here are a few ideas on ways to jazz up this salad:

  • Add grilled chicken, beef or salmon.
  • Beans will help add protein and bulk up the salad. I like chickpeas or white beans.
  • Add feta cheese to the salad when you are ready to eat it.
  • Do you have an avocado that is ripe and waiting to be eaten? Slice it up and throw it on top.
  • Make a wrap with hummus, feta cheese and add this Easy Lebanese Salad to it.

Easy Lebanese Salad in Large White Bowl

Recipes to add this Easy Lebanese Salad to:

Shish Taouk Chicken Thighs

Mediterranean Chicken 

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Meatballs 

Baked Turkey Meatballs 

Easy Lebanese Salata

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

 Easy Lebanese Salad, also known as Lebanese Salata, is a salad mixing chopped tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, cucumber, green onion and parsley topped with a lemony-mint dressing. This is healthy, light and the prefect addition to any meal or add grilled chicken or salmon to make it a meal itself. 

Ingredients

  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced {about 2 cups}
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1/2 of an english cucumber, seeds removed, chopped
  • 5 green onions, white and green parts chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped {about 1/2 cup}
  • Romaine lettuce, chopped

For the dressing::

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint {more or less to taste, or 1 Tablespoons of chopped fresh mint}
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite spice {optional: try sumac or za'atar}
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt {more to taste}
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

In a large bowl mix the tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, green onions, parsley and onion. 

In a mason jar combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, mint, salt and pepper. Seal the mason jar and shake the dressing until combined {or use a small bowl and whisk the dressing}. 

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Taste and adjust mint, salt and pepper. 

In the bowl with the salad add the romaine lettuce {optional} and toss to combine. Alternatively you can lay a bed of romaine in a bowl and add the Lebanese Salad on top. 

Serve as a side dish alongside a meal or use as a main dish with grilled fish or salmon. 

Notes

If you plan to have leftovers I would not use the entire dressing on the salad but would just dress the part of the salad you plan to eat and then dress the remaining salad once you are ready to eat it so it doesn't get soggy.

You can feel free to add a variety of other spices to the dressing including 1 teaspoon of sumac or za'atar.

There are a lot of things you can add to this salad including feta cheese, olives, grilled meat or tofu, additional vegetables and beans. 

 

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