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Egyptian Cucumber & Tomato Salad (Salata Baladi)

It’s spring throughout the Western hemisphere, and we’re so excited to celebrate and enjoy the lengthening, warming days! Part of that includes eating foods that are less heavy and much cooler, and that’s why we’re sharing this recipe for an Egyptian Tomato & Cucumber Salad today! This is also called Salata Baladi in Egypt and it’s one of the most popular simple salad recipes!

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!

Why we love Egyptian Cucumber & Tomato Salad

We love how fresh and light this salad is! All the ingredients, but especially the cucumber and tomatoes, are delicious and full of that ineffable spring flavor 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.

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!

What does Egyptian Tomato & Cucumber 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. 

How to store Egyptian Tomato & Cucumber Salad leftovers

This salad is super simple to store. You just want to put everything in an airtight container and consume within three days.

Egyptian Cucumber & Tomato Salad (Salata Baladi)

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
Ingredients
  
  • 2 medium English cucumbers
  • 4 small on the vine tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 tsp salt (to taste)
  • ½ tsp pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp 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. 
  • 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.
  • Toss together and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Taste and check for seasoning. 

Notes

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