This Arabic salad is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine to accompany many traditional meals such as makloubeh, hashweh, and kabseh. It is honestly so straightforward and simple to make yet packs an abundance of flavor. You only need a few key ingredients to make this refreshing Arabic salad. Only 4 vegetables are typically used for this salad but the dressing is where those Mediterranean flavors shine.
What makes this Arabic salad special?
The dressing. The pomegranate molasses offers a tangy sweetness that is unbeatable and notorious in Arabic salads. It is used in many Arab meals as well. A little goes a long way when it comes to pomegranate molasses as it is quite concentrated in flavor. The dried mint adds the element of freshness to this salad that is unbeatable alongside the lemon which offers brightness. Sumac is not only beautiful in color but also offers so much tanginess which goes amazing in this salad. It is also one of the main ingredients in a Palestinian specialty known as musakhan. Olive oil is used as the base for many dressings and without a doubt pair perfectly here. It is a staple ingredient in any Middle Eastern home.
You will find yourself reaching for this recipe as often! I don’t know why I waited this long to release this recipe as I use it at least once or twice a week. I think it’s because it’s so simple. I hope you enjoy it! I would love to hear back what you think in the comments below and see remakes sent my way on instagram.
- 2 Head of Romaine Lettuce finely chopped
- 2 Tomatoes finely chopped
- 1/2 Red onion finely chopped
- 2 Persian Cucumbers finely chopped
- 3 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
- 1 tbsp Sumac
- 1 tbsp Dried Mint
- Salt to taste
- In a small bowl, stir together all the dressing ingredients, Taste and adjust as needed.
- In a large bowl, combine all the chopped vegetables then toss with the dressing right before serving so the lettuce doesn't wilt.
- Enjoy fresh with rice or protein, This accompanies many Arab meals as stated above in the text of the post!
This salad dressing ratio is perfect and tastes great with a lot of different cuisines including Indian and Arab food. Highly recommend — thank you! We all loved it.
Thank you, Jabeen!
Absolutely delicious! Eating it as I type. Incredible flavor and a perfect pick me up for a dreary winter day.
Definitely a refreshing pick me up on dreary days!
This recipe is absolutely amazing! I made it for a dinner party and everyone kept asking how I made it and my sister in law drank the left over dressing. I added a bit of parsley and arugula to mine and I thought it was a wonderful addition- thank you Heifa as this salad recipe will be in my rotations every week!
Thanks, Nancy! I do the same with the leftover dressing!