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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

Jerusalem Salad

Prep time: 15 min

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients List:

3 Mini Cucumbers

2 Medium Tomatoes (firm)

½ Lemon

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

Check back n

ext week for a decadent dessert recipe that is sure to please a sweet tooth!


Haneen works at the Boardman Library as a Youth Services Librarian. She enjoys preschool story time and getting the kids up and moving during her story time visits. Her secret story time weapon is a bubble machine, because who doesn't love bubbles? Haneen spends her free time reading parenting books (Silence is a Scary Sound– the latest), binge watching tv series, attempting cooking lessons with her toddler and time spent with her husband!