In Israel, people enjoy salad with every meal. Yes, that includes breakfast (unless you’re having a quick bowl of cereal). It’s a cultural thing, but it also could be because the produce is so fresh, and the vegetables grown here are incredibly flavorful.What do I need to make it?
Israeli salad is served throughout the country, in restaurants, cafés, hotels, food stands, shopping mall food courts, and of course, in people’s homes. Click here for the Israeli salad recipe
What is Israeli Salad?
Israeli salad consists of finely chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, fresh lemon juice, quality olive oil, and a bit of salt and pepper for seasoning. This is just a baseline!
You can add different ingredients to transform this salad from perfectly simple to something a bit more sophisticated.
Israeli salad is actually known in Israel as ‘salat katzutz’, chopped salad, or ‘salat aravi’, Arab salad. It’s known as ‘Israeli salad’ mostly outside of Israel (except for maybe in some hotels that cater to tourists…). This salad is a staple in the Israeli diet and can be prepared in a myriad of ways.
First, the vegetables should be room-temperature and fresh
, ideally from the souk (outdoor market) if you’re in Israel, or wherever you can get super-fresh produce (farmer’s market, your garden, etc!)
The vegetables are chopped into very small pieces (the smaller the better), so you’ll need a sharp knife to cut them. When should I eat this?
Confession: I use my onion chopper to prepare the vegetables because it’s a huge time saver and then my toddler can help prepare the salad by banging the top down. We use the smaller sized grid, slice the vegetables and then lay them in the chopper.
Za’atar, a blend of herbs, sesame seeds, and salt, is a wonderful spice for this salad.
Try this next time you have a meal of eggs! We often have scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, toast, tahini, and Israeli salad
for breakfast (or dinner, if it’s been one of those days).
Israeli salad is also a great side dish with any meal – add it to a pita with falafel and hummus, or serve it alongside chicken shnitzel and rice…..anything goes! Try Israeli salad at home
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