Simple and Healthy Israeli Salad

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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 Isreali 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 salad made of?

  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • parsley
  • 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 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…

Simple and Healthy Israeli Salad Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Duringon
prep your ingredients

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!!

Remember these?

How to Make Easy Homemade Baked Pita Chips

So, now that we have all the options down, what’s holding you back? You know you want it!!

Simple and Healthy Israeli Salad Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Duringon
Simple and Healthy Israeli Salad Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Duringon
Simple and Healthy Israeli Salad Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Duringon

Healthy Israeli Salad

Israeli Salad is a must make Middle Eastern Recipe that is full of flavor! This salad is also similar to Italian cucumber and tomato salad but the flavours are more fresh!
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 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)

Instructions
 

  • 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.