Everyday Israeli Salad

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There have got to be at least a thousand variations of Israeli Salad.  It’s one of those dishes, like Chicken Soup, where the family has the way “they” make it and that way has been passed down through the generations.  Cool, right?

My mom’s mom used to make her an Israeli Salad for dinner almost every night and she put cucumber, tomato, iceberg lettuce, radishes, green pepper, onion, parsley and a simple dressing on it.

I always like to mix things up and really just use up what I have in the produce drawer. You know, if you’re a regular follower, that I love veggies and think, “The more veggies, the more better!”

If you prefer to keep it classic, just stick with cucumber, tomato, onion, herbs, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.  The real secret to an Israeli Salad is the chopping. Try to cut everything as uniformly and as close in size as possible. This recipe is all chopping – chop, chop, chop – that is why I make a big batch because I want leftovers after all the hard work!

Excellent paired with my Half the Fat, Double the Serving Hummus, Everyday Babaganoush (recipe coming this week!) and Whole Wheat Pita Bread.  Also great for parties or large gathering – a salad that isn’t awkward to eat!

Everyday Israeli Salad
2 Points Plus per serving - Recipe Makes 6 Servings
Serves: 6
  • 1 small head Romaine Lettuce (or other crisp lettuce)
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 large English Cucumber, finely diced
  • ½ green pepper, finely diced
  • 4 - 6 radishes, finely diced
  • 2 scallions, finely diced
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 5 to 6 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (or more to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Begin by gathering all of your ingredients and thoroughly washing your produce.
  2. Chop lettuce into tiny pieces by cutting thin horizontal ribbons and slicing the ribbons vertically.
  3. I like to leave the skin on the cucumber.
  4. Next, chop the onion, tomatoes, green pepper, radishes, scallions and herbs.
  5. Toss with olive oil, sea salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.
  6. Serve immediately and Enjoy!


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  1. cancan says

    Hi there Alyssa,

    Where is the 12 points in total coming from in this salad? I am curious as to how you calculated that since the only item I see that would add points is 2 T olive oil and I dont think that is 12 points more like 8 perhaps? Thanks in advance!!

    • EverydayMaven says

      Hi Cancan, I used the Weight Watchers eTools Recipe Builder and even though lettuce, cucumber, etc is zero points, once the portions get beyond a certain number they have points in recipes (according to eTools). I found it confusing when I first started creating recipes in there but I want to be accurate so I always calculate using it!

  2. Amy says

    So heart warming to see our mom’s mom make your fabulous blog. She’d be proud. She used to make me one wth just diced tomato, olive oil, & a touch of salt. I loved it! Can’t wait to try this couz! Looks delicious and healthy. xo

    • EverydayMaven says

      I know! That tomato salad sounds like the one I remember in the summer with Jersey tomatoes that had a touch of red wine vinegar. and we used to dip fresh Rye Bread in it? sound familiar? YUM!

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