Cooking with the Library: Jerusalem Salad
Hi everyone, Haneen here! Like many others right now, I find most of my time is spent in the kitchen; either poking my head into the fridge or actually cooking for my family. My cooking style is heavily influenced by my cultural background. My parents immigrated from Palestine almost 30 years ago. I’m lucky to have my mom pass on her cooking style and recipe arsenal to me. I’m hesitant to call it recipes, because it’s well known that traditional Arab mothers never measure anything. In fact, if I’m jotting down a recipe from her, she literally tells me to eyeball it. You won’t find one exact numerical measurement in any of the recipes I receive from her, but don’t worry I won’t do that to you guys.
It’s hard to believe we are just a few weeks away from the official start of summer. I don’t know if it’s just me, but when the weather gets warmer my dinner rotation changes to include many more salads and lighter meals. One thing that doesn’t change is this side dish staple, Jerusalem Salad. We enjoy it all year round as long as the ingredients you find are fresh. During the summer months we enjoy it as a refreshing treat. Other times we enjoy it paired with a rice dish. It’s important to note that all the ingredients used are to taste. Start with these measurements and add more of anything to your preference, especially salt.
Enjoy this recipe, and if you happen to recreate it at home, share online with #PLYMCAnywhere
Prep time: 15 min
Yield: 4 servings
3 Mini Cucumbers
2 Medium Tomatoes (firm)
Mint leaves (dried or fresh)
1 tbsp Olive Oil
½ tsp Salt
Dice cucumbers and tomatoes and add to medium mixing bowl
Chop fresh mint or grind dried mint over the bowl
Gently mix bowl contents
Drizzle olive oil
Squeeze half a lemon
Add salt prior to serving
If you are inspired to create more Middle Eastern cuisine, add one (or more!) of these cookbooks to your holds list for Curbside pickup.
Zaitoun: Recipes From the Palestinian Kitchen by Khan, Yasmin
Palestine on A Plate: Memories From My Mother’s Kitchen by Kalla, Joudie
The Arabian Cookbook: Traditional Arab Cuisine With A Modern Twist by Choueiry, Ramzi
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