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.

Clear glass bowl filled with Israeli salad, a blend of tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion.

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!

Clear glass bowl filled with Israeli salad, a blend of tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion.

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!

Clear glass bowl filled with Israeli salad, a blend of tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion.

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:

If you try this Israeli Salad please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 

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Cucumber, tomato, red onion salad in a glass bowl, next to a cutting board with chopped cucumber and tomato.

Israeli Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

A simple tomato cucumber salad with fresh herbs and a light dressing. It’s the perfect summer side salad to pair with your favorite protein.


Ingredients

  • 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
  • 12 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Season with salt to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: about 1 cup
  • Calories: 81
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1g

Keywords: Israeli salad, salad, tomato salad

 

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    22 comments
    1. Jessica
      April 26, 2020 AT 1:50 am

      This was sooo good! Will definitely become a common dish at our house.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 26, 2020 AT 12:26 pm

        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.

    2. Joan
      October 17, 2019 AT 3:27 pm

      This recipe is wonderful. I added some plain Israeli couscous to make it more like a lunch for me. It was great!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 17, 2019 AT 9:23 pm

        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!

    3. Charlotte
      August 20, 2019 AT 5:28 pm

      This is an AWESOME salad.

    4. Leslie Moore
      June 4, 2019 AT 8:04 am

      Tahini yogurt dressing would be good with that.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 4, 2019 AT 10:59 am

        Oh totally agree. That sounds awesome!

    5. Susan Snyder
      May 2, 2019 AT 12:15 pm

      This stuff is great, but it is really Shirazi salad and is Iranian in origin, not Israeli. The Israelis are great at stealing recipes from their neighbors and from the Palestinians and calling it their own.

      1. Umm Abdullah
        August 29, 2020 AT 12:14 pm

        Yes.. it amazes me (and many others) when we see traditional Middle Eastern foods labeled as “Israeli”, which is happening frequently. (Calling these foods Israeli is what’s inserting politics into the subject.)

        1. Brittany Mullins
          August 30, 2020 AT 7:38 pm

          Hey there! Thanks for commenting. While this salad definitely has different variations and names throughout the Middle East, one commonly known name for it is Israeli salad, which is why I named it that. I always do search engine research and base the title for my recipes on SEO terms and specific keywords so my recipe can easily be found when people are searching on Google. I hope that helps explain a bit more into why I’m calling this an Israeli salad.

      2. Libi
        May 3, 2019 AT 7:49 am

        I am going to try this now and for the above comment, maybe some Israelis were former Iranians who were kicked out and brought their recipe with them? Let’s keep politics out of this! Thanks for posting Brittany!

    6. Rachel
      March 29, 2019 AT 10:50 pm

      I love this salad but leave out the pepper because of allergies. Don’t add the salt until just before serving otherwise it brings out the liquid and the tomatoes lose taste and shape and become limp. Also if you’re making enough to last for lunch the next day – don’t add the dressing until serving – keep it separate.

    7. Noam
      August 20, 2018 AT 5:09 pm

      Add the dressing and salt right before serving to maintain freshness.

      Not everyone likes it with mint. I would make it optional.

    8. Brittany Audra @ Audra’s Appetite
      June 12, 2018 AT 12:44 am

      I have never heard of an herb scissors! Now I’m intrigued 🙂 This recipe is perfect for summer garden produce! I had WAY more cucumbers and tomatoes last year than I knew what to do with!

    9. Lee
      June 11, 2018 AT 1:58 pm

      What is a good salad dressing for this salad for people who cant do lemon/vinegar?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 12, 2018 AT 11:07 am

        What about just using a garlic olive oil dressing? Or a cucumber yogurt dressing? I think either would work great. Why do you avoid lemon/vinegar? Just curious!

    10. DEBORAH RYCUS
      June 11, 2018 AT 10:33 am

      Is there red onion in this recipe?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 11, 2018 AT 10:39 am

        Yes. Just updated the recipe to reflect that. 🙂

    11. Michelle
      June 11, 2018 AT 10:33 am

      Hi Brittany,

      The pictures look like they have red onion in them, but it’s not in the recipie. Do you need red onion or is it as good without?

      Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 11, 2018 AT 10:39 am

        Yes! Just realized it was missing from the ingredient list! Sorry about that. 🙂

    12. Whitney Neal
      June 11, 2018 AT 10:08 am

      How much onion goes in this?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 11, 2018 AT 10:30 am

        1/4 cup diced or finely chopped!

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