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Typical Israeli Salads and how to Serve them.

Updated on June 27, 2015

An Israeli Dinner Table!


If you are familiar with the Israeli table, you know that a proper Israeli meal will have no less than 3 different salads on the table and more likely 7 or 8. In this hub, I will be talking about the various salads along with a recipe. This article is part of a series and there are several more recipes in accompanying hubs. Admittedly, there are a few that I don't make in which case I will provide you with a link to a good recipe or place to purchase! When you sit down to a meal, the table will be filled with salads breads and condiments. They are presented in small dishes all around the table so that no one need reach far to get a taste from each one. The sharing of these tasty and healthy foods is a social event as well as a great way to start a meal. It gets your taste buds ready for the awesome gastronomic event to follow!

Typical Salads

Israeli salad


cabbage salad (several varieties)

baby salad

pepper salad (3 different kinds)

harissa (hot red pepper paste)

matbouka(cooked tomato salad)

eggplant (3 different kinds)

carrot salad


various olives and pickles

Ingredients to have handy

If you live in Israel or have occasion to entertain, these are the kinds of things you would want in your house to be able to chop up a few salads. Shopping at the open market is often arduous, hot and sticky but the joy of spending very little for a whole lot is worth the effort!

Every kitchen should always have fresh lemon, tomatoes, garlic and onion. You can make a lot with these few ingredients. Better yet to also have cucumber, cabbage and cabbage.

In today's hub, we will do the Israeli Salad, first on the list!

The second item on the list is hummus. I have made it myself but have been much more impressed with hummus I have purchased. If there is a middle eastern deli or bakery nearby, that is where you will probably find the tastiest, most authentic hummus. If not, your grocery store may stock this brand, Sabra Hummus in a variety of tasty flavors.

The Shuk (market)

A typical Shuk!
A typical Shuk! | Source

Israeli salad

Traditionally, it is made with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, cilantro, lemon and oil. But different variations include: yoghurt, cabbage, hot peppers or sweet peppers. You can certainly chop any vegetable into it but for today, we'll stick to the basic!

For this recipe, you will need:

1 large tomato, whichever variety you like best. (I prefer the vine tomatoes and usually use 2 small ones), 1 large cucumber or 2 medium Persian cucumbers, a small red onion, cilantro (1 bunch), 1 lemon, a tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, a medium bowl

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 65
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Protein 1 g2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


  1. Dice the tomato and put in the bowl
  2. Peel (leaving some peel on) and dice the cucumber. Add to bowl. For extra crisp salad, you can dice 2 medium persian cucumbers instead.
  3. Dice the onion and chop a handful of cilantro up. Add to bowl and mix all ingredients. You are now ready to dress your salad.
  4. Squeeze the juice of one lemon onto it. Drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Eat and enjoy!
5 stars from 2 ratings of Israeli salad
Israeli tomato and cucumber salad.
Israeli tomato and cucumber salad. | Source


Bon Appetit in Hebrew!


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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much! This actually became a series and a part of a hub challenge which I will have to go back and reorganize.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your first picture drew me in with its colorful presentation. Very interesting and informative. Great pictures!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Debbie...for reading, cvommenting, sharing and following! it is most definitely a staple in our house. Very nice to meet you as well. I am looking forward to more of your hubs!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love this salad.. being over seas Greece and turkey and Spain all ate salads like this.. delicious. I still make this..


      nice to meet you

      thanks for the follow


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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, Audrey, it started like this....I was making myself a quick breakfast one day and it reminded me of my breakfasts I used to share with my mother-in-law. After a good response to my hub about our relationship, I decided to share some of her yummy recipes. I think there could be a book in this because she has such an interesting and colorful background. Of course, I have no idea where to start, except to pump out hubs at this point. Thank you for asking! and reading!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Did I miss something about you? Story? Book? Share more of these wehn you get a chance--thank you!!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! What an amazing boost for my ego! So nice to have you here! She is a legend and I hope this does her justice!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Oh my, I am hungry now. That last photo set me off. Great work. I have never heard of this before but this is something I would surely go for. Mariam is a legend!! Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared, and 5 stars also. Great work on everything. Best wishes always.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much! Yes, we are considering a book on her history and consequent move. We think it is an interesting story and the food is amazing. I didn't have internet connection for most of my visit home last week so have handwritten several more recipes to share. Now the task is in getting paper to computer! thanks for visiting. No hubs because I was gone all week!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was fascinating, Randi! I know nothing about this traditional cooking so thank you for the education.

      On another note, I just realized that I'm not getting notifications of your hubs, which mildly annoys me, since I want to show you support. So please, if I miss one or two, it's not intentional, and I will remember to check you when I see a comment from you.

      Great job on this one my friend!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, thank you! Always a pleasure to see you here! A little Eagles music would do the trick right about now!

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      epigramman 5 years ago one word - yummy - and in another word to describe your time and efforts here - sensational ....

      sending you good thoughts from lake erie time 7:55am with sunrise over the lake and a peaceful easy feeling

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you! I am posting a few more today! Thanks for reading! Enjoy!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great recipe for me to save ;thank you for sharing and here's to so many more to come.


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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, CrisSp! Nice to see you here!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Love the colors! You just made me crave for hummus and pita bread and yeah, the salad. *drooling*

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You're welcome! More to come!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This is a great salad. Thank you.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for reading and your always warm comments! At our house, a meal doesn't feel complete without one or two of these but I have to admit, between work, kids and a general apathy, there's not alway even one!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I have had many of these salads. My niece lives in Israel. My sister made many of these. I particularly like this simple salad with tomatoes, cucs, etc. Lovely to share these salads. Voting UP.