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Egyptian Cucumber & Tomato Salad (Salata Baladi)

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It’s spring throughout the Western hemisphere, and we’re so excited enjoy the longer, warmer days! To celebrate the transition into summer, we are making more light and refreshing recipes. This Egyptian Tomato & Cucumber Salad is such a treat! This is also called Salata Baladi in Egypt and it’s one of the most popular salad recipes in Egyptian cuisine!

This salad is bright and freshly flavorful, and we think it’ll satisfy the whole family! It’s super simple and easy to make and is sure to become a staple menu item!

Egyptian Cucumber & Tomato Salad (Salata Baladi) in a white bowl

Why we love Egyptian Cucumber & Tomato Salad

We love how refreshing this salad is! All the ingredients, but especially the cucumber and tomatoes, are delicious. This recipe is full of spring flavors that makes us feel like the sun is peeking out again after a long winter. 

On top of that, this salad is super simple and easy to make. It’s a recipe the whole family will love and it’s perfect whether you’re gluten intolerant, vegan, or an omnivore! We think this is just all-around a super fun, springy salad that will spark joy and also satisfy your palate.

cucumber, tomato, lime, cilantro, and mint to make tomato and cucumber salad

Is Egyptian Cucumber & Tomato Salad healthy?

In addition to being delicious and easy to make, this is definitely a healthy salad! Cucumbers are super high in nutrients and antioxidants, and tomatoes have the antioxidant lycopene which is super heart-healthy in addition to being rich in vitamins!

Plus, there’s no heavy dressings that are full of fat or added sugars. This salad is all-natural, super delicious, and very healthy!

a large white bowl full of tomato and cucumber salad with gold serving spoons sticking out

What does this salad taste like?

With a hint of acidity from the vinegar and the squeeze of lime, this salad honestly tastes so fresh and light. Cucumbers and tomatoes both have slightly sweet flavors, though cucumbers are more mild, which is nicely counteracted by the acidity in the dressings.

Then, we added some dried mint to the mix. Mint is also sweet and has a lingering effect of feeling cool on the tongue, and we think it mixes super nicely with the other ingredients in this salad for an overall delicious taste.

How to make Egyptian Tomato & Cucumber Salad

  1. Dice cucumbers and tomatoes into small pieces.
  2. In a large bowl add diced tomatoes, cucumbers, Italian flat leaf parsley. vinegar, lime juice, (red onion, if using) salt, and pepper. 
  3. Add dried mint leave in the palm of your hand and rub the mint between your hands to help release the oils. Add to the salad.
  4. Toss together and stir until thoroughly combined.
  5. Taste and check for seasoning. 

close up image of a spoonful of tomato and cucumber salad

How to store leftovers

This salad is super simple to store. You just want to put everything in an airtight container and consume within three days. We do not recommend freezing leftovers of this due to the water content in the cucumber and tomatoes!

More Simple Salad Recipes You’ll Love

Looking for more healthy salads? Try more of our favorite recipes below!

  • Easy and decadent, this Greek Orzo Pasta Salad is perfect for weeknight dinners, potlucks, and more!
  • Made with fresh ingredients and a homemade tahini dressing, this Vegan Roasted Eggplant Salad makes for a tasty appetizer or satisfying dinner.
  • Full of flavor and loaded with plant-based protein, this Southwest Salad is a crowd-pleasing recipe everyone will enjoy.
  • Zesty and refreshing, this Green Goddess Salad is a summer recipe you’ll be craving all year long.
Egyptian Cucumber and Tomato Salad in a large white bowl with two golden serving spoons sticking out

Egyptian Cucumber & Tomato Salad (Salata Baladi)

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This staple salad is common in Egypt! It's very simple with just a few ingredients! If you're a fan of onions in your salad, add some red onion too!
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine middle eastern
Servings 4
Calories 42 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium English cucumbers
  • 4 small on the vine tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper (to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon dried mint
  • optional add ins: 1 small red red onion and 1 seeded jalapeño

Instructions
 

  • Dice cucumbers and tomatoes into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl add diced tomatoes, cucumbers, Italian flat leaf parsley, vinegar, lime juice, (red onion and jalapeño, if using), salt, and pepper. 
  • Rub the dried mint leaves in the palm of a hand to release the oils, and add them to the salad.
  • Toss together until thoroughly combined.
  • Season as desired, and serve cold.

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Notes

Note: Feel free to substitute dried mint with fresh mint.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1197IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword egyptian salad, healthy salad recipe, low carb salad., low fat salad, persian salad, salata baladi, salata balady, tomato and cucumber salad
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this salad for the first time a week and a half ago and have made it 4 times since- it’s that good. It’s light and refreshing and a perfect side for any meal. This will absolutely be a go-to recipe all summer long!