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Syrian Everyday Salad

Arabic 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.
Arabic salad


  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 Maqluba, Kibbeh and Mujadara.

Makes 2-3 servings


Comments (2)
  • Marj Mountainsong  - Everyday Salad question
    When I was in Jordan, I ate at a restaurant that served a salad something like this I think. What I remember most about it was that it had small, whole pieces of lemon in it. Should the lemon in this recipe be chopped into small pieces? Or, is it meant to be lemon juice? What kind of lemon would be best, a Meyer lemon or a regular lemon? Your website looks lovely and I am eager to try your recipes.
  • Ghinwa  - Re: Lemon in the salad
    Hi Marj,
    I've seen lemon pieces in the salad of one restaurant before. People usually use lemon juice in their every day salad. Just regular lemon. Adding lemon pieces would be a personal addition. Even when they add the pieces, they still use lemon juice in the dressing, but less than usual. Thanks for visiting the website and your nice addition!
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