Arab cuisine salads usually accompany any main course meal in the Arab world. Tabbouleh, a tart parsley, bulgur and tomato salads that are sautéed with eggplant and tomatoes with yogurt and spinach are quite popular. Pita, also known as "Arabic bread", and other flat breads are very common but so are leavened breads including the traditional challah and varieties of other sour dough’s. Arabic salads are not very complex and are not difficult to prepare. Most Arabic salads such as the tabbouleh are uncooked. Tabbouleh is one of the most popular salads in the Arab cuisine.

There are not many traditional Arabic salads, other than the tabbouleh another very popular salad is the Green salad, which is better known as the "Salata Khadra", this salad usually requires six cucumbers a little black ground 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.

Arabic food is filled with abundant salad, small plates, and a healthy layer to heavy dishes. Using vegetables and herbs, the Arabs maintained the traditions of power in daily life. Along the way, Arabs put everywhere new approaches to putting vegetables on the kitchen table.

Varieties of Arab salad

Name Image Region Description
Arab salad Arabsalad.jpg Arab world Combines many different vegetables and spices, and often served as part of a mezze
Baba ghanoush Baba ganoush closeup.jpg 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]
Blunkett salad سلاطة بلانكيت.jpg Maghreb It typically consists of bread, horseradish, eggs and tuna.[4][5]
Cucumber and yogurt salad Cacik.jpg Levant Is made of salted strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) or diluted yogurt[6]
Fattoush Fattoush.JPG Levant A bread salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread (khubz 'arabi) combined with mixed greens and other vegetables.[7]
Ful medames salad Ful medames salad.jpg 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 Hummus salad.jpg Levant Is made of dry chickpea, soda carbonate, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, salt, olive oil, and cumin.[8]
Malfouf salad Malfouf salad.jpg Levant Is made of juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and a healthy dose of fresh dried mint.[9][10][11]
Masmouta salad Slata masmouta.jpg Maghreb Is made of potatoes, carrots, peas, green gourd and beets as per choice.
Matbucha Matboha.jpg Maghreb[12] Mainly made with tomatoes, roasted peppers, oil and garlic which are cooked together.
Mechouia salad سلطة مشوية.JPG Maghreb It typically a grilled vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic and there are those who add eggplant.[13]
Palestinian salad Salad.jpg 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.[14]
Raheb Raheb salad.jpg Levant Made with eggplant (aubergine) and tomatoes.
Rubiyan salad Rubiyan salad.jpg Arab world Is made of shrimp, tomato. mayonnaise, lettuce leaves, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, lemon juice, and salt.[15][16]
Sweet potato salad Sweet potato salad.jpg Maghreb Is made of Sweet potato, onion, olive oil, mashed garlic, salt, ground pepper, grated ginger, black pepper, cinnamon sticks. Raisins, coriander, ground sugar and water.[17][18]
Tabbouleh صحن تبولة.JPG 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.
Ummak huriyya salad سلاطة أمك حورية.jpg Maghreb Is made of carrots, onions, garlic, salt, spices, harissa, olive oil, lemon juice and then decorated with parsley, olives and eggs.
Wheat salad Wheat salad.jpg Arab world Is made of wheat, corn, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber pickles, lemon, parsley, olive oil and salt.[19]
Zaalouk Zaalouk-01.JPG Maghreb Is made of cooked aubergine and raw tomatoes.[20]

See also


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  9. ^ Abood, Maureen (14 March 2017). "Cabbage Slaw, Malfouf Salad". Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. 
  10. ^ Carte, Harmony à la (2014-07-21). "Mama's Salatet Malfouf". Harmony à la Carte. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  11. ^ "Lebanese Cabbage Salad Recipe - Food.com". Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  12. ^ "A Region's Tastes Commingle in Israel". The New York Times. 20 July 1994. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Tunisian Grilled Salad (Slata Mechouia) Kitchen Vignettes PBS Food". PBS Food. 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  14. ^ The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York, Claudia Roden, Knopf, 1996, p. 248
  15. ^ "سلطة الروبيان (الجمبري) بالطماطم - مطبخ حواء". www.hawaa.kitchen (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  16. ^ "سلطة الجمبري الشهية". أطيب طبخة (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  17. ^ "سلطة البطاطا الحلوة والذرة - طريقة". tareekaa.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  18. ^ "فيديو - وصفة سلطة البطاطا الحلوة وسلطة الكيل". www.mbc.net (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  19. ^ "طريقة عمل سلطة القمح المنعشة - طريقة". tareekaa.com (in Arabic). 
  20. ^ Sampson, Susan (February 27, 2009). "Zaalouk (Moroccan eggplant salad)". Toronto Star. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 

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