Israeli salad is simple, easy salad that is a staple across the Middle East. Each country has it’s own name for it and tweaks it slightly but in essence it’s a cucumber tomato onion salad.
Some of the other names it goes by are Shirazi salad, Persian salad, coban salatsi, or Jerusalem salad.
It’s popular in the area for a reason, it’s bright and fresh and pairs perfectly with heavier foods like falafel, shawarma, Georgian stuffed eggplant or even just shoved into a pita with hummus for a great packable lunch. (Check out our vegan shawarma recipe here.) It also is made with cheap, easy to find ingredients.
In Israel you’ll find this cucumber tomato salad on the menu for all three meals, it’s even a classic Israeli breakfast salad! It also features in this sabich sandwich – an Israeli street food eggplant sandwich. It’s also the perfect way to cut through the heat of summer, with bright ingredients that taste great and will make you feel even better.
This recipe is naturally healthy, plant based, vegan, keto, paleo, low carb, packed with nutrients and good for most diets. It’s also kid approved, to the extent that my 3 year old daughter kept sticking her hands in and eating all of it while I tried to take pictures.
Israeli Chopped Salad Ingredients
The ingredients for Israeli salad are really simple. They are:
- Persian Cucumbers
- Red Onion
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper
While it may be tempting to grab whichever cucumbers you have on hand I highly recommend finding Persian cucumbers. If you can’t find Persian cucumbers, make sure to buy ones with thin skin, preferably a sweeter variety of cucumber.
When you are using such simple ingredients, buying fresh, delicious ingredients really matters. The cucumbers with the waxy skin will make the salad somewhat bitter and unpleasant to chew on.
Likewise, try and find ripe tomatoes. Your best bet for the most flavorful tomatoes will be ones that are vine ripened, however you can use whichever variety you prefer. If you love salads with tomatoes, you could also try this delicious Heirloom Tomato Salad with Asparagus.
How To Make Israeli Salad (Jerusalem Salad)
Turning your ingredients into Israeli salad is quick and easy. It’s just a matter of chopping your ingredients into small pieces. Some people chop into larger pieces and some make sure all the ingredients are finely diced.
I personally prefer a larger chop, partially out of laziness but also because I like to have something left to chew on. You will probably want minced parsley and onion as opposed to chopped unless you are one of the few who enjoy big chunks of raw onion.
Once all your ingredients are chopped, diced or minced, you just toss it with some olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
This recipe is so easy to customize to your taste, for basically every aspect of the salad. You can try a larger chop or a smaller chop. You can try adding in chopped bell pepper.
Some people enjoy adding in some mint or a hot pepper for added flavor. You can adjust the amount of lemon juice depending on how acidic you like your salad.
Try it out and play around with it! If you find a magic combination make sure to drop a comment so we can all try it out as well. This refreshing salad is definitely one of my favourite traditional Israeli dishes.
Storing Israeli Salad
Even though Israeli salad doesn’t have lettuce or leafy greens, it can still get soggy AF. I would not recommend storing it for long period of time, as it will get more soggy and liquid the longer it sits. It still will taste good, but the texture will be weird.
You can however chop up the ingredients ahead of time, store in the refrigerator and add the dressing at the last minute. If you want to pack it for lunch, and don’t want the hassle of bringing separate containers, it should be able to last until lunch already combined.
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- Chop the cucumbers and tomatoes into evenly sized pieces.
- Dice the red onion.
- Mince your parsley (or just chop it if you are lazy).
- Mix the prepared vegetables in a bowl with the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
* You can see details in the post above, but if you cant get Persian cucumbers make sure to get a variety with thin skin, preferably a sweeter cucumber.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g