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Friday, August 8, 2008

Chopped Summer Salad

Lately, I've had a yen for middle eastern food. One of the things I've been craving the most is a chopped salad. This is a perfect season for chopped salad since tomatoes and cucumbers are ripe and herbs abound.

Tomatoes from our plants copyright Eve Fox 2008
So I chopped up a salad for myself as part of my lunch today. It was, if I do say so myself, DELICIOUS!

The combination of sweet tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, onion, mint, parsley and lemon is hard to beat! It was a perfect addition to my lunch of chicken kebabs with red pepper hummous and pita.

middle eastern lunch copyright Eve Fox 2008
The concept of chopped salad is very flexible -- many countries/regions have their own version of this with slightly different ingredients (peppers, feta cheese, olives, sun dried tomatoes, bread, basil, etc.)

So without further ado, here is my basic recipe. Feel free to experiment with using different amounts of the ingredients, try using different herbs (though the mint is really nice...), etc.

Chopped summer salad copyright Eve Fox 2008
Chopped Summer Salad
Makes 2 servings

* 1-2 tomatoes
* 1/2 medium sized cucumber
* 1/4 medium sized red onion
* 3-4 leaves of lettuce, washed and dried
* 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves, washed and dried
* 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, washed and dried
* 3 tsps fresh lemon juice
* 1 tbsp organic olive oil
* 1 tsp red wine vinegar
* Sea salt to taste
* Freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. Chop up the tomatoes, onions, cucumber, lettuce, mint and parsley. The size of the pieces is up to you.

2. Combine in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice, olive oil and vinegar. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.

3. Enjoy! This salad goes well with grilled meat or fish, and is a great addition to a mezze-type meal of hummous, tzatziki, and olives, etc.

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JEM7777 said...

Sweet Eve -
I love your blog space!! It is not only beautiful like you, but it has every single recipe and food I have been thinking of myself as of late -- remarkable!! I will call it the Psychic Food Blog!
I am motivated to make myself a lovely middle eastern food fest and the only thing I will add is store bought delicious stuffed grape leaves!
I look forward to stopping by your site again and again since you seem to have your finger on the pulse view of my dietary delights and desires!
Keep up your wonderful energy and efforts!
Sending you a ton of love, JEM (NYC)

Eve Fox said...

Thanks, Jem!!!