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Egyptian Cucumber and Tomato Salad (Salata Baladi)

This traditional Egyptian Cucumber and Tomato Salad features crunchy cucumbers, sweet tomatoes, and fresh herbs. It’s a quick, refreshing, and delicious summer salad that makes the perfect side dish or even light meal.

Egyptian Tomato and Cucumber Salad in a white bowl.

Egyptian Cucumber and Tomato Salad (or Salata Baladi) is a popular salad dish in Egypt and many Middle Eastern countries. When we traveled to the Middle East a couple of years ago, we had this salad with almost all of our meals. This fresh and crunchy salad has a nice acidic bite, which pairs perfectly with hearty Middle Eastern dishes and of course a side of pita or naan. But, you could always bring it to a potluck or barbecue and serve it as a side to some classic American hot dogs and hamburgers (not exactly traditional.) Either way, it’s a great excuse to use up all of that fresh summer produce!

Egyptian Tomato and Cucumber Salad in a white bowl.

Ingredients in Cucumber and Tomato Salad

  • Cucumbers: The cucumbers can be added with the peels on or off. I prefer to keep the peels on as it adds texture and more nutrition.
  • Roma tomatoesThese are my favorite salad tomatoes as they are tangy and flavorful. But you can really use any tomato in this recipe.
  • Red onionThe red onion adds a nice “bite” to the salad.
  • Parsley
  • Lemon 
  • Olive oil: Use high-quality olive oil for the best flavor.
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make the Salad

  1. Place diced cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, and onion in a large serving bowl.
  2. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.
  3. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Egyptian Tomato and Cucumber Salad in a white bowl with dressing drizzling on top.

What Tomato is Best for This Salad?

The best salad tomatoes are cherry, grape, and roma. I opted to use roma for their tangy flavor.

Should You Peel the Cucumbers?

Whether or not you peel the cucumbers is really up to you and your personal preference. I like the texture and extra nutrition they add to the salad, which is why I chose to leave them on.

Extra Additions

If you want to take this salad up a notch, you can add in some extra additions. Chickpeas, crumbled feta, avocado slices, and ciabatta bread could all be fun add-ins in this salad.

Egyptian Tomato and Cucumber Salad in a white bowl.

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Egyptian Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This traditional Egyptian Cucumber and Tomato Salad features crunchy cucumbers, sweet tomatoes, and fresh herbs. It's a quick, refreshing, and delicious summer salad that makes the perfect side dish or even light meal.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Egyptian, Middle Eastern
Keyword: cucumber, tomatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cucumbers diced
  • 3 roma tomatoes diced
  • red onion diced
  • parsley chopped
  • lemon juiced
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion in a large serving bowl.

  2. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.

  3. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

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