Varieties of Arabic salad: Arab salad, Fattoush, Palestinian salad, Tabbouleh and Raheb.
Varieties of Arabic salad: Arab salad, Fattoush, Palestinian salad, Tabbouleh and Raheb.

In Arab cuisine salads may precede a meal, served in huge variety on small plates as part of a mezze, or accompany it. Tabbouleh, a salad of finely chopped parsley, with tomatoes, mint, onion, and soaked bulgur, is one of the most popular Arab salads. Mixed vegetable salads, and salads of cooked eggplant or chick peas are common. Green salad, which is better known as the "Salata Khadra", usually requires six cucumbers a little ground black pepper, a few tomatoes, a bundle of fresh parsley, salt and juice of one lemon. This traditional Arabic salad is one of the easiest to prepare. Herbs and spices are common and abundant in Arab salads.

Pita, also known as "Arabic bread", and other flat breads are commonly served alongside salads, as are leavened breads and varieties of other sour doughs. Arabic salads are not very complex or difficult to prepare.

Varieties of Arab salad

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Name Image Region Description
Arab salad
Arab world Combines many different vegetables and spices, and often served as part of a mezze
Baba ghanoush
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Levant Also eggplant salad is a dish of cooked eggplant mixed with tahina, olive oil and various seasonings.[1][2] The Arabic bābā means "father", while ghannūj could be a personal name.[3] The word combination is also interpreted as "father of coquetry" or "indulged/pampered daddy."[2]
Cucumber and yogurt salad
Arab world Is made of salted strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) or diluted yogurt[4]
Levant A bread salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread (khubz 'arabi) combined with mixed greens and other vegetables.[5]
Ful medames salad
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Levant Is made of the beans and place them in a bowl with chopped tomatoes, onion, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper and salt.
Hummus salad
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Levant Is made of dry chickpea, soda carbonate, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, salt, olive oil, and cumin.[6]
Malfouf salad
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Levant Is made of cabbage, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and much fresh or dried mint.[7][8][9]
Mechouia salad
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Tunisia Tunisian salad of grilled vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic
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Central Syria Bulgur, onion, parsley, cucumber, lemon juice, olive oil. Served with grape leaves.
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Levant Made with eggplant (aubergine) and tomatoes.
Rubiyan salad
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Arab world Is made of shrimp, tomato. mayonnaise, lettuce leaves, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, lemon juice, and salt.[10][11]
Shepherd salad
Levant Chopped salad of finely diced tomato and cucumber. Usually made of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and parsley, and dressed with fresh lemon juice, olive oil and black pepper. Generally, the cucumbers are not peeled. The key is using very fresh vegetables and chopping them as finely as possible.[12]
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Coastal Syria Shanklish cheese with chopped tomato and onion and olive oil.[13]
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Levant Finely chopped parsley, bulgur, mint, tomato, scallion, and other herbs with lemon juice, olive oil and various seasonings, generally including black pepper and sometimes cinnamon and allspice.
Wheat salad
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Arab world Is made of wheat, corn, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber pickles, lemon, parsley, olive oil and salt.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "Baba ghanoush". Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
  2. ^ a b Gil Marks (2010). "Baba Ghanouj". Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  3. ^ "Baba ganoush". Oxfort English Dictionary.
  4. ^ "TÜRK DİL KURUMU". Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  5. ^ Wright, 2003, p. 241.
  6. ^ "طريقة عمل سلطة الحمص - موضوع". موضوع (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  7. ^ Abood, Maureen (14 March 2017). "Cabbage Slaw, Malfouf Salad". Rose Water & Orange Blossoms.
  8. ^ Carte, Harmony à la (2014-07-21). "Mama's Salatet Malfouf". Harmony à la Carte. Archived from the original on 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  9. ^ "Lebanese Cabbage Salad Recipe -". Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  10. ^ "سلطة الروبيان (الجمبري) بالطماطم - مطبخ حواء". (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  11. ^ "سلطة الجمبري الشهية". أطيب طبخة (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  12. ^ The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York, Claudia Roden, Knopf, 1996, p. 248
  13. ^ "Arabic menu" (PDF). Yami Restaurant (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-07-29.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "طريقة عمل سلطة القمح المنعشة - طريقة". (in Arabic).