List of Arab salads

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Varieties of Arabic salad: Arab salad, Fattoush, Palestinian salad, Tabbouleh and Raheb.

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 doughs. 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[edit]

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]
Cucumber and yogurt salad Cacik.jpg Arab world Is made of salted strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) or diluted yogurt[4]
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.[5]
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.[6]
Malfouf salad Malfouf salad.jpg Levant Is made of cabbage, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and much fresh or dried mint.[7][8][9]
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.[10][11]
Shepherd 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.[12]
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.
Wheat salad Wheat salad.jpg Arab world Is made of wheat, corn, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber pickles, lemon, parsley, olive oil and salt.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Baba ghanoush". Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
  2. ^ a b Gil Marks (2010). "Baba Ghanouj". Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  3. ^ "Baba ganoush". Oxfort English Dictionary.
  4. ^ "TÜRK DİL KURUMU". Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  5. ^ Wright, 2003, p. 241.
  6. ^ "طريقة عمل سلطة الحمص - موضوع". موضوع (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  7. ^ Abood, Maureen (14 March 2017). "Cabbage Slaw, Malfouf Salad". Rose Water & Orange Blossoms.
  8. ^ Carte, Harmony à la (2014-07-21). "Mama's Salatet Malfouf". Harmony à la Carte. Archived from the original on 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  9. ^ "Lebanese Cabbage Salad Recipe -". Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  10. ^ "سلطة الروبيان (الجمبري) بالطماطم - مطبخ حواء". (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  11. ^ "سلطة الجمبري الشهية". أطيب طبخة (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  12. ^ The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York, Claudia Roden, Knopf, 1996, p. 248
  13. ^ "طريقة عمل سلطة القمح المنعشة - طريقة". (in Arabic).

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