Traditional Israeli Salad Recipe
Israeli salad often makes a cameo appearance in books set in Israel, so perhaps you have read or heard about it and wondered what it is. This salad is made with finely diced cucumber and tomato and it is the best-known dish in Israel according to many sources. Known as ‘salad yerakot’ in Hebrew, this tomato and cucumber salad also features parsley and onion, and sometimes bell pepper too.
It is dressed with olive oil, black pepper, and fresh lemon juice. The cucumbers are not usually peeled in an Israeli salad recipe. One good Israeli salad recipe tip is to use very fresh vegetables and to keep the vegetables as finely as possible. Variations to the basic Israeli salad recipe include the addition of finely shredded cabbage or carrot, sliced radish, green onion, fennel, or herbs like sumac or mint.
This salad is served as a side dish in Israel, or sometimes used as a pita filling along with meat or falafel. Before western-style breakfast cereals appeared in Israel, this Israeli salad recipe was served as part of a traditional Israeli breakfast. You can still find it in many Israeli homes and hotel breakfast buffets.
- 2 diced Roma tomatoes
- ½ diced red onion
- 1 diced English cucumber
- 3 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley
- 2 or 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1½ teaspoons sumac powder (optional)
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Put the tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion in a bowl.
- Add the sumac powder (if you are using it).
- Add the lemon juice, parsley, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and black pepper, and stir well.
- Serve immediately or keep refrigerated in a covered container for up to 2 days.
This Israeli salad recipe is very easy to prepare and it tastes lovely as a side dish. It is also nice wrapped up in flour tortillas with some smoked chicken or turkey, or even with a couple of cheese slices. The sumac powder in the recipe is optional but try to get some if you can. It adds a great flavor to this dish. The taste is hard to describe but it is like a cross between smoked paprika and lemon. Swap the red onions for scallions if you want. This flavorful Israeli salad recipe is fresh-flavored and colorful, and the picture shows you how appetizing it is.
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