Lebanese Village Salad

Lebanese Village Salad is a chopped vegetable salad. The ingredients are so flexible! Mine contains a special twist with chopped apple and a honey vinaigrette.

Lebanese Village Salad in a bowl

At the top of the traditional Lebanese salad list is the Village Salad. This chopped salad typically includes cucumber, tomato, and onion. From there, the palette is as varied as your crisper drawer. Peppers, carrots, celery, you go!

Just as my incredibly talented god-daughter did. The girl can COOK! She stands on the shoulders of her salad-guru grandmother, and now both of my adorable nieces are  the known salata-makers of the family. Plus, they keep me on my toes, cheering their aunt on with her social media and her “you should make this” list.

Maria went after the Village salad some time ago, with the addition of apple and a honey vinaigrette. BRILLIANT. And not I-love-my-girl-so-much-anything-she-does-is-brilliant brilliant. This is salad is such a perfect balance of flavors that we want it all of the time. So, it’s for absolute real brilliant! Plus, anything she does is brilliant….

Ingredients for village salad on a board

The Vegetables. And Fruit!

We are all about seasonal cooking, but not to the extent that we don’t go for this kind of salad all year long. The key is finding great produce in the off-season that has enough flavor to make a salad great. That’s where the apple makes such an excellent addition, providing some sweetness where the  tomatoes and cukes may be lacking. We are huge fans of organic honeycrisps. So much so that the giant box at Costco is not even daunting.

Don’t skip the onion.

My brother Richard’s simple statement is our mantra: whether you like onion or not, the  flavor of a salad is not complete, is not nearly there, without it. When our onion-haters are at the table, I simply slice the onion larger so it’s easier to push them aside as they eat. Red onion is a beauty in any salad, but Vidalia is always a winner too. See how to dice an onion like a pro here.

Honey jar for vinaigrette

The Vinaigrette. With Honey.

The vinaigrette rule of thumb is 1:3 parts acid to oil. I love a tart vinaigrette so I’m often 1:1. But, vinaigrette flavor is so varied, depending on the flavor of your produce, that the good cook always tastes and adjusts not just the vinaigrette in the making, but once it’s on the salad. Add more honey, add more lemon juice, salt, pepper, etc. I rarely need to add more olive oil, as we just want to kiss the produce with oil and not overun it.

Chopped vegetables for Village Salad

The Herbs.

Same category as  the onion, though we  don’t ever have  herb-haters at the table. Fresh and dried herbs MAKE the village salad. For classic Lebanese flavor, it’s all about spearmint. Maria adds cilantro to the herb shower on her salad and it is divine. I’m certain any mix of herbs will glorify this salad.

If the salad is made ahead, chill it and don’t dress it with vinaigrette  or herbs until just before serving.

Lebanese Village Salad in a bowl

Lebanese Village Salad in a bowl

Lebanese Village Salad

Maureen Abood
Lebanese Village Salad is a chopped vegetable salad. The ingredients and quantity are so flexible! Mine contains a special twist with chopped apple and a honey vinaigrette.
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

For the salad:

  • 2 Persian cucumbers or 1/2 English cucumber, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 small red or vidalia onion, finely diced
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, finely diced
  • 20 Fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

For the Vinaigrette

Instructions
 

  • Combine the chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, and apple in a serving dish. Top with half of the chopped fresh mint and toss to combine.
  • To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, slowly whisk the olive oil into the lemon juice. Whisk in the honey, garlic, dried mint, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss the salad with the vinaigrette and finish the salad with the rest of the chopped mint.
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2 Comments

  1. Vicki Scheel on May 11, 2022 at 9:30 PM

    I served this for Easter and everyone went nuts, especially my beautiful thin sister-in-law Who is very particular about what she eats. This salad is amazing! I just love your recipes and enjoy your cookbook.

    • Maureen Abood on May 12, 2022 at 1:34 PM

      Oh my gosh Vicki great to hear that! This salad is such a winner!

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