Saturday, August 26, 2023

Lemony Israeli Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Cucumbers

cherry tomato and cucumber chopped salad, vegan

Do you love salad the way I do? As one of my commenters said, "the vibrant colors and fresh ingredients make this salad a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds"! The lemony dressing is light and refreshing!

I'm been making lots of simple cherry tomato and cucumber salads because local cherry tomatoes tend to be sweet, juicy, and abundant during the summer months, while the Kirby or Persian style cucumbers are crisp and fresh. 

chopped cucumbers on cutting board

This flavorful Israeli style salad recipe is easy to make and is bursting with ripe summer flavors. The fresh juices from the tomatoes mingle with a simple salad dressing to add even more fresh flavor.

chopped cherry tomatoes on cutting board

Whether you make this for company or just for a weeknight dinner, everyone will love it, and it will go with most entrees. If you want to add to it- be my guest with a little red onion rings, cilantro,  olives, orange peppers, or whatever you have that is ripe and delicious. I often mix it up depending on what I have in the house.

Vegetable Salad with tomatoes, onions and cucumber

Small chopped raw veggies are the typical ingredients in most salads  in Israel. There really isn't just one recipe for Israeli salad, and you can use many types of salad vegetables. The object is to cut everything very small but unlike American salads, the Israeli salad does not typically include any kind of lettuce or leafy greens. 

Platter of chopped cherry tomatoes and another of chopped cucumber

On our recent trip to Israel we ate in the homes of many relatives and everyone made an Israeli salad with the meal! It was great for me as vegan eater!!

Israeli tomato and cucumber salad on a platter

Personally, I love the simplicity and flavors of the cherry tomatoes and cucumbers! It's really not a recipe but a healthy concept that I think you will enjoy making this summer.

Israeli Dressing: 
Typically Israeli salad is dressed with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice with salt and pepper, but you could also use your favorite Italian dressing. 

I actually use Maple Grove Farms fat free dressing (link to Amazon) or I make a simple dressing using freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice and the juice from the cherry tomatoes with salt and cracked pepper.

Cherry tomatoes, chopped small
Kirby cucumbers or large English cucumber, chopped small 
Salad dressing of choice

1. My friend Fern always places a sheet of paper towel on her platter first to absorb some of the juices if she is not going to use it right away. She removes the paper towel before she mixes the salad and adds her dressing. 

2. The amount of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers will vary depending on how many people you want to serve and their salad appetites. My salad in the photo served six which was two containers of cherry tomatoes and one large English hot house cucumber.

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  1. I think non-lettuce salads are my favorite, this one looks delicious!

  2. I picked lots of cherry tomatoes and a huge cucumber from the garden yesterday. Hmmm…

  3. I make this a lot in the summer because we have so many cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. I usually add a bit of basil and the flavors are amazing.

  4. That is a beautiful salad. Right now I am roasting some cherry tomatoes with a touch of olive oil. I have some tortellini to use up and will toss the tomatoes with a balsamic vinegar.

  5. My cherry tomatoes have petered out, and I'm on my last cucumber, but more tomatoes have been planted and I'll be re-starting my favorite cuke. I too prefer this sort of salad to lettuce ones.

  6. I'm going to make this salad this week while I'm north. Those cukes are a favorite and the tomatoes are finally in season and bursting at the seams! It's beautiful presentation too and olive oil/lemon for the dressing sounds perfect! Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog today! Loved your comment!

  7. I think the cucumber/tomato combination can't be beat for flavor and presentation.

  8. These look like the freshest tomatoes ever. Beautiful! 🍅🍅🍅

  9. I've been eating Israeli salads and didn't even know it! Grape or cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are 2 of my favorite salad ingredients. I eat them often and olive oil and lemon juice is my favorite dressing too!

  10. I could be remembering wrong, but I thought the Israeli versions of this salad also usually had some onion and even garlic. If I'm not mistaken, it was a favorite breakfast on the kibbutz, and in the early days the vegetables would be on the serving table, and everyone would chop their own salad. But I only heard about this, never witnessed it personally.
    best, mae at

  11. Such a lovely colourful salad.

    All the best Jan

  12. Delicious salad!...I love this mix!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

  13. I love these simple salads with lemon juice, olive oil, and a good grind of salt. That is all they need :)

  14. I would have this salad for dinner, especially with all the optional additions you suggest. Especially the olives.

  15. I love how quickly this salad comes together. It would be amazing paired with some grilled chicken or steak!

  16. Yes, I'm a salad person myself. And since we normally treat a salad as a main course (not a side), it should be filling. Excellent salad - light and fresh, and with some crusty bread it will make a perfect meal!

  17. What a delightful recipe of salad with cherry tomatoes and herbs! The vibrant colors and fresh ingredients make it a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. I was looking for a light and refreshing dish, and this one fits the bill perfectly.

  18. What a beautiful salad Judee, so simple but so good, and so pretty!

  19. I love a good, colorful salad. I think that I have, honestly, eaten this a lot in the past, just never had a name for it.

  20. I love simple chopped salads like this, too! Perfect summer salad!

  21. This is such a simple and delicious salad, thanks!


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