So, do you know what’s easy to grow?
Tomatoes and cucumbers! Well, that’s if you get past the cucumber beetle and tomato bottom rot or blight. Those are both bad, but, if you get past the crucial beginning period, you got it made!
And, yes, I grown loads of both every year. And, being Italian, tomato and cucumber salad is a staple in our house. Made with simple ingredients (tomatoes, cukes, olive oil, a splash of vinegar and s&p), I make it often. However, a few months ago, I got some takeout shawarma from our local middle eastern joint and took home some Simple and Healthy Israeli Salad, not knowing what it was. Turns out, its the middle eastern version of a tomato and cucumber salad.
Not gonna lie…I think this is my new favourite way of making this salad! It’s fresh and vibrant and incredibly tasty!
What is this Simple and Healthy Israeli Salad made of?
- red onion
- sumac (optional but I love the extra tang)
- garlic (or toum)
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
Pretty simple, right? I mean, a 6 year old could make this – at least the ones little peanuts that are on all those cooking shows can 😉
What Proteins could you add in to make this Simple and Healthy Israeli Salad a hearty meal?
- grilled/broiled chicken
- good quality canned tuna
- leftover grilled salmon
- hard boiled eggs
- crispy tofu
- diced halloumi and diced avocado
The possibilities are indeed endless!
We need to prep our ingredients and then get mixing…
It is such a fresh tasting salad. You could even serve this with some homemade pita chips and serve it like a dip. Now, that would be fun!!
So, now that we have all the options down, what’s holding you back? You know you want it!!
Healthy Israeli Salad
- 3 plum tomatoes
- 1 large (English) cucumbers
- 1 tbsp chopped garlic
- 1/2 red medium onion red or white
- 1/3 cup parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp sumac (optional)
- Slice the tomatoes in half and remove the stem piece (discard the seeds if you like).
- Chop the tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion into smallish pieces; mince parsley.
- Place the chopped vegetables and parsley into a bowl.
- Add in the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, sumac (if using) and salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix until combined and serve.