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Fresh vegetables, the "raw" materials for the classic Israeli salad
Fresh vegetables, the “raw” materials for the classic Israeli salad

There’s one dish you’ll find at almost every Israeli meal  –  Israeli Salad (sometimes called “Arabic Salad”). This is a basic salad made of tomatoes and cucumbers, thinly sliced and freshly seasoned. We may put it in pita bread, eat it with an omelet or simply as a meal by itself, perhaps with a piece of bread and some cottage cheese.

Hungry? Well, today you’ll learn how to prepare an Israeli salad, as well as the names of the ingredients in Hebrew! Don’t forget to cut it katan katan –  קָטָן קָטָן (in small pieces) and invite your family and friends to come eat with you!


Hebrew Words


Transcription:  salat

Part of Speech: Noun, masculine

Literal Meaning: salad


Transcription:  yerakot

Part of Speech: Noun, masculine, plural

Literal Meaning: vegetables



Transcription:  katsuts

Part of Speech: adjective, masculine

Literal Meaning: chopped, thinly sliced


Israeli Salad Recipe


Tomato (f)          Agvanya               עַגְבָנִיָּה

Cucumber(m)    melafefon           מְלָפְפוֹן

Onion (m)           batsal                 בָּצָל

Parsley (f)           petrozilya            פֶּטְרוֹזִילְיָה

Olive Oil (m)       shemen zayit     שֶׁמֶן זַיִת

Lemon (m)          limon     לִימוֹן

Salt & pepper (m&m)     melah vepilpel   מֶלַח וּפִלְפֵּל



1. Slice and dice 2 tomatoes, 1 cucumber and 1 small onion.

2. Combine the veggies in a salad bowl.

3. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, some salt and pepper and 2 tbsp of chopped parsley.

4. Mix, serve and enjoy!


You may add any other kind of vegetables, fresh leaves (like mint, oregano, or basil), garlic, or olives.



Bon appetit

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