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Salata Baladi—it’s fresh, crunchy and has a wonderful acidic bite

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

tomato and cucumber salad
Salata Baladi - fresh tomato and cucumber salad

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This Arab salad goes by many names. But whether you call it an Israeli salad, a Lebanese salad, an Egyptian salad or a Palestinian salad, it’s the same chopped fresh vegetables that make up this delicious Arabic chopped salad. It pairs perfectly with any Middle Eastern meal.

When all the salad has been eaten, the beautiful juice at the bottom of the bowl is called 'whiskey'. It’s often served chilled as a drink in kebab shops.



1/2 red onion, chopped finely

2 cucumbers, diced

3 large tomatoes, diced

large handful of parsley and/ or coriander

2 lemons, juiced

1 tbsp white vinegar

salt and black pepper


Chop the cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, parsley and coriander.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar and set aside. Add all remaining ingredients. Add the dressing to the salad right before serving it so the vegetables won’t wilt. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired.

The aromatic qualities of this salad are truly wonderful. Close your eyes, and let those fresh, herby notes take you to the Egypt.

Note: the beautiful juice at the bottom of the bowl is called whiskey. It’s often served as a drink in kebab shops.

This salad pairs perfectly with Arabic rice with vermicelli.

Arab salad
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