Israeli Salad Recipe

Joshua Bousel

Salad as a condiment? In the case of Israeli salad, I'm not having my shawarma or falafel without it!

I spent a semester of my college career in Tel Aviv and developed a strong taste for Israeli salad, which more correctly traces its roots to a Palestinian origin. While the combo is a simple mix of diced fresh vegetables, lemon, juice, and oil, I can never quite recreate the salads of memory—most of the produce here just doesn't have the same quality I enjoyed in Israel.

Still, it's become a must on my Friday night table, where it's enjoyed as a salad next to a large crispy chicken schnitzel. The leftovers then find their way into sandwiches and topped onto warm pita, making it the condiment of choice as long as it lasts, which usually isn't long.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 3 to 4 servings

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  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced (about 3/4 cup)

  • 1 English cucumber, diced (about 2 cups)

  • 1 medium red pepper, diced (about 1/2 cup)

  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)

  • 3 tablespoons finely minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon

  • 1 teaspoon za’atar

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, mix together tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, onion, and parsley.

  2. Add oil, lemon juice, and za’atar and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
127 Calories
10g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 127
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 257mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 75mg 373%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 278mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)