Lebanese Salad Recipe

Lebanese Salad Recipe

If you really want to know and appreciate London, besides visiting the usual tourist attractions and having enjoyed its multiculturalism, you should stop into the richest part of the city: the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Here you can admire very beautiful homes, the prestigious Victorian architecture, restaurants and luxury shops: places that many of us should only admire, but that are undoubtedly part of the beauty and peculiarity of this city.

Today I reached Holland Park by bus, which is an area and park in this exclusive district: here there are hectares of greenery, lakes, trees, animals and a Zen Garden (Kyoto Gardens), where it is pleasant to take a lunch break and enjoy some relax.

For this occasion, I prepared a delicious Lebanese salad, full of tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, lettuce and radishes that I really love. These incredible vegetables give a feeling of fullness, are rich in depurative properties, contain few calories and are full of vitamins.

To flavour this salad, you need a flavoured citronette dressing, among whose ingredients you need the sumac, a typical Middle Eastern spice.

The recipe:

Ingredients for about 4 people:

  • 2 cucumbers:
  • 1 red onion;
  • 4 tomatoes;
  • 3 radishes;
  • 1 lettuce;
  • ½ lemon zest;
  • 3 table spoons olive oil;
  • 1 table spoon white wine vinegar;
  • Just enough green olives;
  • Just enough sumac;
  • A pinch of pepper;
  • A pinch of salt;
  • Some fresh parsley;
  • Some fresh mint leaves;
  • 2 slices of Lebanese bread. (for the recipe click here).

Method:

  1. Take a small piece of bread and brush it with a little olive oil.
  2. In a sauce pan, cook bread pieces until they golden brown.
  3. Prepare the citronette dressing by mixing olive oil, vinegar, a sprinkle of sumac, some lemon zest and a pinch of pepper and salt.
  4. Wash cucumbers and radishes and cut them into little slices.
  5. Cut olives into chunks.
  6. Wash tomatoes and cut into chunks.
  7. Peel and chop the onion.
  8. Wash and cut the lettuce.
  9. In a bowl, combine all ingredients together.
  10. Add some leaves of chopped mint and a few leaves of parsley.
  11. Add the citrus dressing and some pieces of bread to the salad.

My advices:

  • If you prefer crisper bread, serve it aside and add it only when eating the salad;
  • As an alternative to Lebanese bread you can use unleavened bread.

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