Syrian Everyday Salad

This is the traditional everyday salad in Syria. It can also be referred to as ‘Arabic salad’ or ‘salad’. Tomato, cucumber, green pepper and lemon all make for a crunchy and refreshing salad in those hot summer days.


  • 1/2 pound tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound cucumbers
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced red or white onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 7-8 fresh mint leaves, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed mint)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste.


  1. Dice the tomatoes, green pepper and cucumbers into small pieces. You might need to peel the cucumbers if the peel is tough and waxy (like American cucumbers).
  2. Add all vegetables and herbs and mix well. You can make this ahead and keep refrigerated until before serving.
  3. Make the dressing by adding lemon, olive oil, and salt.
  4. Add dressing to salad 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve with many dishes like MaqlubaKibbeh and Mujadara.

Makes 2-3 servings