Salatit Khodar Meshakel (Mixed Fresh Vegetable Salad)
Get Your Serving of Veggies With This Syrian Dish
"Good Morning America's" Diane Sawyer brought back more than just souvenirs from her trip to Syria. She made sure to pack some delicious Syrian recipes along with her, transporting the flavors of the Middle East back to the U.S.
Here's a recipe for Salatit Khodar Meshakel, or Mixed Fresh Vegetable Salad. This popular Arab salad is different from conventional Western salads in that all the ingredients are finely chopped and absorb the dressing and each others' flavors better.
Do not prepare it too long before serving, as the ingredients will wilt. Dress it just before putting it on the table. Ingredients can vary according to taste.
Wash the lettuce, if necessary.
Peel the onion or scallions.
Shred the lettuce; cut the cucumbers (peeled or unpeeled, as you wish) into small dice.
Dice the tomatoes (remove the seeds and juice first), and chop the onions finely, using a sharp knife, or an Italian mezzaluna chopper if you have one.
Put the prepared vegetables into a salad bowl and mix lightly with the radishes and herbs.
Mix the dressing ingredients thoroughly, sprinkle over the salad, and toss well.