Salad is one of those things that is on the menu with almost every meal in an Arab home.
The diet in the Middle East always consisted of plenty of fruits and vegetables.
This is just one of the factors which explains the healthy aspect of the Mediterranean diet.
This is by far one of my favorite salads ever, and it is the simplest of the simple ones to make.
The simplest food is so often the best food in the vast majority of cases.
What is Jerusalem Salad?
Jerusalem salad originated as a Palestinian salad that had been around for generations.
A traditionally peasant salad eaten by everyone who enjoys a good salad from the produce grown on the land.
Over the years others began to inhabit Jerusalem, and there are now several versions of this salad.
The recipe I am sharing is a Palestinian recipe that my grandmother got from her grandmother.
I remember my grandmother making this salad at her home in Jerusalem, without any measurements.
We would ask her: “Siti, how do you know how much to put in?”
And she’d say “my siti (grandmother) showed me how much.”
She would say it as if that is all you needed to know when it came to food measurements.
This was from a time when you learned things in your head she would say, we didn’t need to write things down.
My grandmother never did learn to read or write, but she could cook like nobody’s business.
She never liked our blenders or mixers, no place for modern machines she would say.
The machines couldn’t feel the food after all, and so why clutter your kitchen would be her question.
How to Make Jerusalem Salad
In the Middle East people use what are known as Persian cucumbers, which are shorter than most European varieties.
English cucumbers can also be used very readily, and will provide just as good a flavor.
Use what you find at your local farmer’s market, and you can even throw in a bell pepper too.
You can make this salad hours before serving as long as you keep it in the fridge.
Tips for Making
- Getting the lemon juice and olive oil mix for your own preference means trying different amounts.
- You want the vegetables to be cut up into small, but not too small pieces for best results.
- Spring onions can be a good onion to add to this salad as a delicious alternative.
What to Serve This Salad With
But that is not all, it really goes well with so many things, or even as a salad on its own.
Jerusalem Salad Recipe
- Dice, slice, and chop all vegetables and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
- Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.