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Add this simple Israeli Salad to your meals using fresh, healthy ingredients. This Mediterranean inspired salad uses cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, fresh herbs and a light dressing to create the perfect base for adding grilled chicken, lamb, beef or seafood. 

Israeli Salad in white bowl       

ISRAELI SALAD 

I realize that lately there have been a lot of salads on A Cedar Spoon. From a recent poll I took of my readers the overwhelming response was that you all want more salads. Today’s Israeli Salad is a simple salad that I make time and time again. This salad is often on rotation with my Mediterranean Eggplant Salad and this Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad

All of these salads use fresh, simple ingredients along with fresh herbs and a light dressing. This salad falls nicely into the Mediterranean diet. It is vegan, plant-based and a really nice way to use farmers marker or garden vegetables in the warm months. 

Israeli Salad with silver spoon

Aside from Lebanon, Israel is another Middle Eastern country that is on my bucket list to visit. I have heard wonderful things about it and of course am a lover of their food. I know that a trip to Israel would involve such rich history and fresh Mediterranean food.

Since I haven’t been to Israel I can’t tell you what an Israeli Salad tastes like straight from the source but today’s recipe is based off of what I have seen in restaurants and from people that have traveled there. 

As a child that grew up in a family that made Middle Eastern food often I love exploring the food from other countries in that region. You often find many similarities in the food that the countries in the Middle East eat.

I find Lebanon and Israel to have many common foods, ingredients and recipes including this simple Israeli Salad. It reminds me of this Easy Lebanese Salad that is made a lot in Lebanon. 

Israeli Salad with Ingredients

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS ISRAELI SALAD?

FRESH VEGETABLES: Like many Mediterranean inspired salads the star of this salad is the fresh vegetables. In my Israeli salads I put fresh tomatoes, red onion and Persian cucumbers. If you can’t find Persian cucumbers, feel free to use English cucumbers or regular cucumbers. I like to chop my vegetables on the smaller side, which gives the salad a chopped salad feel. 

FRESH HERBS: When I make salad I load on the fresh herbs. You can’t beat the flavor that fresh herbs brings to dishes. I used mint and parsley in today’s salad. Try adding dill and cilantro.

HOMEMADE DRESSING: Forget store-bought dressings and make your own. You control what goes into your dressing and can adjust the dressing to your tastes. This dressing is a simple extra virgin olive oil and lemon dressing. 

Israeli Salad in a Ceramic Bowl with Spoon    

COOKING TIPS AND MODIFICATIONS FOR THIS SIMPLE SALAD:

  • Spice up your salad with a variety of spices. I especially like sumac because it goes nicely with the lemon dressing or za’atar for the earthy flavor. Other ideas are paprika, oregano and cayenne pepper. 
  • A classic Israeli style salad uses only a few vegetables. You can add in whatever vegetables you have on hand. I think that bell peppers, zucchini and jalapeños go great in this salad. 
  • Get creative when using this salad. I love adding this salad as a part of a Chicken Shawarma Rice Bowl, alongside these Grilled Beef Kafta Kebabs, with Tahini Grilled Chicken Breasts or with Shish Tawook Chicken. It can also be a topping for hummus or in pita wraps. 
  • Add a protein to your salad to make it a main dish. I especially love adding grilled meats in the summer. Beef, lamb or chicken always work nicely. I also enjoy fresh grilled fish like salmon or cod for a light, summer meal. 
  • Another way to bulk up this salad without adding meat is to add beans. I especially like chickpeas or white beans as an addition to this salad. 

Israeli Salad Mixed Ingredients in Clear Bowl

Israeli Salad in white bowl

Israeli Salad

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

Add this simple Israeli Salad to your meals using fresh, healthy ingredients. This Mediterranean inspired salad uses cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, fresh herbs and a light dressing to create the perfect base for adding grilled chicken, lamb, beef or seafood. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Persian or English cucumbers, diced {you can use English cucumbers}
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh curly parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 or 2 teaspoons of Sumac or Za'atar
  • Optional: 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, parsley and mint.
  2. In a mason jar or small bowl whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss.
  4. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste along with any spices you desire {sumac or za'atar work great}.
  5. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

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[…] I absolutely love pairing hummus with this Spicy Turkish Ezme Salad. It is the perfect combination of creamy, fresh, garlicky, and hot. Of course, you can’t go wrong with classic homemade pita bread or a quick Israeli Salad. […]

Patricia Kanaana

Thursday 11th of April 2019

This salad is a Palestinian salad! It was made a long time before Israel existed. Like many so called Israeli foods like falafel and hummus it was adopted by Jewish immigrants when they came to Palestine.

Julia

Sunday 14th of April 2019

Thanks for sharing that! I love knowing more about the history of dishes. Many of the foods in that region are enjoyed by so many. I know the Lebanese enjoy many foods and recipes that were brought over the border from other cultures.

caren gittleman

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

you saved me! I have to make a salad to bring for Passover and with all of the restrictions as to what we can and cannot eat, this will be PERFECT! The only thing I am going to add to it (and yes I know it will not be traditional), is I am going to chop romaine lettuce very small and add that. I will definitely add ground sumac because I just love it. Thank you!!

Julia

Wednesday 10th of April 2019

That is a great idea to add some greens. I hope everyone enjoys it!

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