Published Jun 11, 2018, Updated Mar 18, 2022
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Bring Middle Eastern flavors into your home with this simple Israeli salad. Made with just five ingredients (six if you want to add in peppers!), this herby tomato cucumber side salad is the perfect pairing for the protein of your choice.
I am in full out salad mode. Not that I don’t #saladeveryday year round, but during the summer months I go even more crazy with salads! The warm weather leaves me craving light, fresh meals and all the ripe, summer produce makes salads taste even more delicious than usual. We have a cherry tomato plant in our backyard and as soon as it starts producing I know I’ll be making this salad again!
This recipe is inspired by both my love of salads but also our trip to Israel last year. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but so much food inspo came out of that trip!
My favorite meals lately have been the quick and easy ones that are still loaded with flavor. Aka this Israeli salad in a nutshell. I can see myself keeping this salad on hand over the summer to have an easy side dish ready to go with grilled protein like my apple cider vinegar chicken or this easy baked falafel.
How to Make a Simple Israeli Salad
Israeli salad appears super simple and it is! But the flavors work together in such a great way, it’s almost like this dish has layers. The key to flavor consistency is to dicing the tomatoes and cucumbers to a similar size. I love using cherry tomatoes and English cucumbers because you can easily chop them the right size and each piece has some skin which helps the cucumber and tomato hold its shape.
Once you have all of your vegetables prepped, just add the herbs, a little lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt. Mix everything together and you’re ready to serve! SO EASY!
How Do You Chop Herbs?
Random question for you: when you chop herbs do you use a knife? Kitchen scissors? Herb scissors? I typically just use a knife and never thought about the other options until some friends brought it up. A whole new world of herb chopping!
More Middle Eastern Recipes to Try
- Easy Hummus
- Easy Baked Falafel
- Baked Pita Chips
- Tahini Dressing
- Za’atar Chicken Bake
- Tabbouleh Salad
- 2 cups diced cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups diced English cucumber
- ½ cup diced red bell pepper, optional
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- ¼ cup finely chopped mint
- ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt, to taste
- Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Season with salt to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
This recipe is wonderful. I added some plain Israeli couscous to make it more like a lunch for me. It was great!
I love that you added the couscous, I’m sure it was delicious! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, Joan. I appreciate you!
This was sooo good! Will definitely become a common dish at our house.
Ahh!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Jessica. We love it too! And thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it.
Perfect! So easy and yummy. Thanks for this recipe! Absolutely delicious!
I only left out the mint because I didn’t have any, but this easy salad is so delicious with falafel in pita bread! I’m making some again tomorrow. It’s addictive.
Ahh yay! So glad you loved this salad, Macy. 🙂
Loved this salad! Very fresh and refreshing! I make this often. Goes well with anything.
I’m so glad you’ve bee enjoying this salad, Stephanie! Thanks for the review!
This was so delicious and refreshing. I had added just a little bit of dill to it and that went well with it. I’ll definitely be making this again!
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