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Jerusalem Salad

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Jerusalem salad is the perfect everyday salad! It’s ready in 10 minutes, requires no fancy ingredients, and goes with just about everything. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Jerusalem salad or Israeli salad, it’s a simple but delicious cucumber tomato salad tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.

It’s a hassle-free way to add color, texture, and freshness to your meals using only 7 ingredients!

Israeli Salad

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Why You’ll Love Jerusalem Salad

  • This Jerusalem salad is super simple and impossible to mess up. The only time-consuming part is chopping the veggies, but you can also do that in advance.
  • Who knew you’d only need 7 ingredients for a light but tasty side dish? You can also try this delicious salad with another dressing or add other herbs and veggies. 
  • This cucumber tomato salad makes the best side dish. It balances your heavy meals with satisfying textures and fresh flavors!
jerusalem tomato salad

Ingredients And Substitutions

English cucumber Both English and Persian cucumbers are perfect for Jerusalem tomato salad because they don’t need to be peeled and have minimal seeds.

Tomatoes – Besides Roma tomatoes, you can also use grape or cherry tomatoes in this refreshing salad. And since they’re smaller, you can just slice them in halves. 

Red onion – Adds a pop of color to this amazing salad. If you prefer a milder flavor, scallions also work. 

ParsleyFresh parsley rounds out the flavors of this light salad. Other fresh herbs like cilantro and basil also taste great with the salad ingredients. 

Lemon – A generous squeeze of lemon brightens this simple salad dish. 

Extra virgin olive oilThis Mediterranean salad recipe uses the classic combination of olive oil and lemon juice as its dressing, beautifully complementing the flavors of the fresh vegetables. 

Salt – You can also add sumac or cumin to this refreshing side dish!

cucumber tomato salad ingredients

Tips For Making This Recipe

Cut the Vegetables Uniformly

Feel free to dice your salad vegetables as big or as small as you want. However, try to chop them uniformly to get a nice mix of veggies in every mouthful.

Keep Your Salad From Getting Watery

You can cut out the seed cavities of your cucumbers and tomatoes to keep your Jerusalem salad from becoming too watery!

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, transfer your Jerusalem salad to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Give it a quick stir before serving. It’s also best not to store this salad for too long, as the vegetables are bound to get soggy over time.

Simple Jerusalem Salad

Israeli Salad Recipe FAQs

What is Jerusalem salad?

Jerusalem, or Israeli salad, is a simple cucumber tomato salad. While many households have their own recipes, it’s typically made with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions dressed with lemon juice and/or olive oil.

Should you peel cucumbers for Israeli salad?

No. Jerusalem salad typically uses English and Persian cucumbers. Since they have relatively thin skins, you won’t need to peel them. 

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

You can jumpstart the preparation for this cucumber tomato salad one day ahead. Store the chopped fresh ingredients in an airtight container in the fridge, and only toss them with the dressing right before serving.

What can be used instead of olive oil for this cucumber tomato onion salad?

Another delicious dressing for this salad is tahini mixed with water and lemon juice!

Can you freeze Israeli salad?

No. This cucumber and tomato salad is best eaten fresh. Freezing and thawing the salad will just make the veggies mushy.

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Jerusalem Salad

Jerusalem Salad
Jerusalem salad is the perfect everyday salad! It's ready in 10 minutes, requires no fancy ingredients, and goes with just about everything. 
Lyza
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice the tomatoes and cucumbers into small chunks, roughly chop the parsley, and finely dice the red onion.
    step 1 Vegan jerusalem tomato salad
  • Add the chopped vegetables to a large mixing bowl and squeeze fresh lemon juice over them.
    step 2 vegan Israeli salad
  • Drizzle in the olive oil and add some salt to taste.
    step 3 simple Israeli salad
  • Toss to mix everything and serve. Enjoy!
    step 4 cucumber tomato salad

Notes

  • Feel free to dice your salad vegetables as big or as small as you want. However, try to chop them uniformly to get a nice mix of veggies in every mouthful.
  • You can cut out the seed cavities of your cucumbers and tomatoes to keep your Jerusalem salad from becoming too watery!
  • To store leftovers, transfer your Jerusalem salad to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Give it a quick stir before serving. It’s also best not to store this salad for too long, as the vegetables are bound to get soggy over time.

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