Middle-eastern style fresh vegetable salad with mint. This is a basic salad recipe that’s infinitely adaptable and variations on this recipe are served all over the Middle East. The important parts are the garlic, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and lemon and some type of herb. It’s authentically raw too.

Recipe Directions

Mash the minced clove of garlic on the side of a large bowl so more flavor will be released (add more if you like garlic) Chop all vegetables over the bowl or add the juice from the cutting board as you go. Add the diced cucumber then sprinkle a pinch of sea salt onto them to help release some of the juice. Add green onions, tomatoes, green pepper and lemon juice. Rub/chop/crush the mint to help release flavor, and add to the bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over everything (add more to taste), and gently toss.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to help the flavors combine (optional), then tear or chop the romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces and add to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Other yummy additions/variations:

Olives (especially Kalamata)

Parsley

Cilantro

Red Onion instead of Green

Raw Feta or Feta-style substitute

Raw bread torn into pieces to make Fattoush (Lebanese bread salad)

Serve the basic relish wrapped up in lettuce leaves with hummus or tahini dressing

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By Marisa

Middle-eastern style fresh vegetable salad with mint. This is a basic salad recipe that’s infinitely adaptable and variations on this recipe are served all over the Middle East. The important parts are the garlic, onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and lemon and some type of herb. It’s authentically raw too.

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haha!! perfect!! i have everything to make this for easter!!! that worked out so perfect, thanks for the recipe!!

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Mint grows like crazy. You can grow it outdoors or in pots easily.

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I have such a hard time finding fresh mint, here. This week I'm going to search some more and try this! Thanks for the recipe.

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