Something you can pretty much guarantee I will have in my fridge at any given time is…cucumbers. My kid loves them, they are delicious in salads, as a snack and taste super fresh. As soon as it’s grillin’ season, I love making simple side salads that boost a lot of flavour as they seem to be the perfect accompaniment to a no fuss weeknight dinner or a gathering with friends. I make this salad and variations of this salad…A LOT!! Why you ask? 1) Because my kids loves it and never ever complains about eating it! In fact he usually likes to take some the next day in his lunch with Pita and some chicken to make his own little gourmet elementary school lunch. 2) Because I usually always have all of the ingredients on hand…except lemons and you know what happens if I don’t…I slum it by using the trusty bottle of store bought lemon juice in my fridge. (I hope you know I’m being sarcastic at the slummin’ it comment…homemade, store bought…do what works for you, I embrace it all).
Once you have all of your ingredients, time to get chopping! I usually make sure all of my ingredients are out and I get a bowl to put everything in once chopped.
One little hot tip I will give you is to remove the seeds from both the cucumber and the tomato before chopping. This will help keep the salad crunchy and if you have left overs…it will hold up the next day. You can also use English cucumbers or my personal fave, those beauty little Persian cucumbers. (Less seeds in those ones)
Once the veggies are in the bowl, squeeze half a lemon over top of the veggies, the extra virgin olive oil and the freshly chopped dill and mix until combined. *You can also use chopped parsley, mint or a combination of all 3. Y’all know how my family feels about herbs so Dill seems to be one they like so I use Dill when I’m serving it to my particular little tribe.
Israeli Chopped Salad
- 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green bell pepper, chopped in to small pieces and seeds removed.
- 1/4 of a red onion chopped fine
- 6 Persian cucumbers seeds removed, chopped in to small pieces. OR 1 English cucumber, seeds removed and chopped in to small pieces
- 2 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped in to pieces.
- 2 TBSP fresh chopped dill (or parsley, mint or both depending on preference )
- 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- Juice from half a lemon (or add the whole thing if you want it a bit more zippy)
- Chop veggies/dill
- Add to bowl and combine
- Squeeze half a lemon, Olive Oil over the veggies and add the chopped dill
- Mix everything together to ensure it’s combined.
Hope you enjoy this beauty of a little salad. I love it on it’s own with some nice sangak bread or pita and hummus or as a side to grilled meat if you are in to that. Chicken Shawarma is a personal fave with this little gem!!