Have you ever had an Israeli salad before? Do you know what an Israeli Salad is? If you are not familiar with Israeli salad, let me share with you what the traditional Israeli salad is. Basically the Israeli salad is cucumber, tomatoes and red onions in a simple lemon dressing and it’s the perfect salad for summer…here is my recipe, as I pretty much made my salad the traditional way, I also made my Israeli Salad with a little twist…read below!
I love Israeli salads, especially in the summer, as tomatoes and cucumbers are in season making this dish super delicious, healthy and a great side dish. I made mine with all the traditional ingredients but I also added a little jalapeno as I love the spicy that the jalapeno adds to the salad, you can omit the jalapeno if you don’t like spicy.
My photos will show that I made my Israeli salad chopping my vegetables small, you can leave them bigger if you choose. It is a little bit more work to make this side dish but it’s so worth it, I promise.
Here are a few things I will share as my suggestions:
- If you are using the jalapeno as I suggested, removing the seeds from the jalapeno will also reduce the spice (heat) of the pepper
- If removing the seeds from the jalapeno, slice your jalapeno in half and remove the seeds
- If you are chopping your vegetables on the larger side, I would still mince (or finely chop) the jalapeno
- When using parsley, do not use the stems use only the leaves of the herb
- I did not use Italian parsley as I didn’t want the flavors to compete
- This is a great leftover salad
I removed the seeds from my tomatoes like I had in my pasta with tomato dish
then I diced them into small pieces
I then put it in a bowl, diced some cucumbers and placed them in the bowl as well
I then added some red onion (I’d only use the red onion as it’s a bit sweeter then white and will compliment the salad)
I added my herbs, mint, parsley and jalapeno (chopped fine)
added my seasonings, tossed and served
This is a super easy recipe and it’s perfect for summer! Traditionally it is not made with the jalapeno but I tend to like the kick so you can choose to omit it or keep it. My Israeli salad is perfect as a side dish or for an afternoon snack, served with pita chips.
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