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Middle Eastern Tomato Salad is a traditional salad that’s found all over the Middle East, and I make this salad every summer! If you have fresh garden tomatoes, fresh herbs, and cucumbers this type of middle eastern salad salad is a must-make summer dish!

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This Middle Eastern Tomato Salad  is an amazing salad to make with tomatoes when they’re fresh and sun-ripened, and if I ever was forced to choose my top ten favorite ways to eat garden tomatoes, this salad would absolutely be on that list. It’s very good made with fresh Roma tomatoes since they have less seeds and the flesh is firm, but you can make it with any type of fresh tomatoes that have good flavor.

You can vary the proportions of tomatoes and cucumbers for this type of middle eastern salad based on your own taste or what you have in the garden, but don’t skimp on the mint and parsley, which is what makes this salad so special.

And it’s prime time for fresh tomatoes right now, so for this week’s Friday Favorites pick I’m reminding you about this delicious tomato salad that I’ve loved for so many years! I hope you’ll make it if you’re a fan of fresh tomatoes!

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What ingredients do you need for this salad?

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  • cucumber
  • tomatoes
  • onion
  • fresh parsley
  • fresh mint
  • Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I use my fresh-frozen lemon juice
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

How did I learn to make Middle Eastern Tomato Salad?

I learned to make this salad years ago from my friend Massoud, who came to the United States from Iran, and this combination of salad ingredients is so traditional that it’s just called “salad” in many parts of the Middle East. In the U.S. you might see this salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, mint, and parsley called Salad Shirazi on a restaurant menu.

What if you’re not a fan of raw onion?

I don’t think this salad is ever made without some raw onion, but if you’re not a fan you can use less or use green onion (although it’s not traditional.) If you soak the raw onion in ice water for a few minutes, it does make it a bit less strong, so you might want to try that technique. And if you have sweet onions, those will be great in a salad like this.

Other names for this type of Middle Eastern Salad:

Chopped tomato and cucumber salads like this are found all over the middle east, and it can be called Israeli Salad, Salad Shirazi, Persian Tomato Salad, Jerusalem Salad, Arabic Chopped Salad, and many other names.

Want more summer tomato salads?

Check out 20 Summer Tomato Salads to see my favorite salads to make when I have fresh garden tomatoes!

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How to make Middle Eastern Tomato Salad:

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  1. Dice up one generous cup of garden fresh cucumber.  (You can salt the cucumber and let it drain in a colander, but these days I often skip that step.)
  2. Dice an equal amount of garden-fresh tomatoes.  (If the tomatoes are extra juicy, you can drain them in a colander for a few minutes.)
  3. If I have sweet onion, I’d use equal amounts to the cucumbers and tomatoes. This time I only had regular yellow onion, so I used a bit less. You can soak the onion in cold water for a few minutes if you’re not a fan of raw onion, but please don’t leave it out.
  4. You’ll also need a cup of finely chopped fresh parsley. (I like curly parsley in this, but either type will work.)
  5. I picked mint from my windowsill herb garden, so I gave it a good wash in the salad spinner.
  6. Then finely chop the mint as well.  (You can chop the herbs in a food processor if you prefer, but I just used a big chef’s knife.)
  7. Mix the tomato, cucumber, onion, parsley, and mint in a non-metal bowl.
  8. Then mix in olive oil and lemon juice, starting with the smaller amounts listed and tasting until it seems right to you.
  9. Season the salad with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and devour!

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Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

For a healthy low-carb dinner, this Middle Eastern Salad would taste great with something like Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Capers, Easy Kabobs with Zucchini and Sausage, Grilled Cuban Flank Steak, Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce, or Air Fryer Marinated Chicken Breasts.

More Summer Tomato Salads to Savor:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely diced cucumber (remove seeds if they are large)
  • 1 cup finely diced tomato
  • 3/4 cup finely diced onion (see notes)
  • 1 cup finely chopped parsley (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 cup finely chopped mint (more or less, to taste)
  • 3 T olive oil, (more or less to taste)
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice (more or less to taste)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop cucumber in pieces less than 1/2 inch and put in colander.
  2. Add a generous amount of salt and let sit while you chop other ingredients. (These days I often skip the step of salting and draining the cucumber, unless it seems watery.
  3. Chop tomatoes in same-size pieces as the cucumbers. If the tomatoes are juicy I sometimes put them in a colander and let the juice run out.
  4. Chop onions (Cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions should be cut in same-size pieces.)
  5. Parsley and mint should be chopped very finely. (You can use a food processor to chop the mint and parsley if you wish.)
  6. When all ingredients are chopped, combine in mixing bowl.
  7. Mix in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. (Start with a a smaller amount and add more olive oil and lemon juice until it tastes right to you. I find it does not need a great deal of dressing to taste good.)
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes

I often use sweet Vidalia onion, and when I have sweet onion like that I would use a full cup.

This recipe was given to me by my friend Massoud.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 234Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.


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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Middle Eastern Tomato Salad is a perfect side salad low-carb diets or for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, but in the summer I’d be very happy just having a big bowl of this for lunch. Tomatoes and onions do have some carbs, so if you’re wanting a version that work work for Keto, use more cucumbers than other veggies.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted on the blog in 2007, and I’ve made it every single summer since then! It was last updated with more information in 2023.

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