Salata Khadra Mafruma (Basic Minced Green Salad)

Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt


  • firm tomatoes
  • mini Middle Eastern cucumbers (1/2 peeled hothouse cucumber or other seedless variety may be substituted)
  • 1/2  bunch green onions, rough stems removed
  • yellow or orange bell pepper, seeds and veins removed
  • 1 Cup  finely minced red cabbage
  • red radishes, trimmed of roots
  • 1/2 Cup  packed fresh mint, stems removed
  • 1/2 Cup  packed parsley, thick stems removed
  • green chile peppers, seeds and veins removed
  •   Rind of 1 lemon, finely chopped or zested
  • clove garlic, mashed well in a mortar and pestle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons  high-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  •   Juice from 2 lemons

This bright and spicy twist on the basic Arabic salad of minced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions gets its color from red cabbage and orange bell peppers, both of which grow in abundance in Gaza. Middle Eastern cucumbers are sometimes labelled as "Persian" or "Japanese," but any burpless variety will do. In Gaza, the dedication of the cook is revealed by how finely she chops her salad.


Finely mince all of the vegetables into roughly equal-size bits and toss in a bowl. Add the mashed garlic and lemon rind or zest. Just before serving,  season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Toss to combine. Adjust dressing to taste: salad should not be soggy. Serve with rice-based main dishes such as maqluba or qidra, or with stews (tabikh).


Calories per serving:

87 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 31g 47%
  • Carbs 66g 22%
  • Saturated 4g 22%
  • Fiber 18g 74%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 29g
  • Monounsaturated 20g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 13g 27%
  • Sodium 1,857mg 77%
  • Calcium 320mg 32%
  • Magnesium 179mg 45%
  • Potassium 2,565mg 73%
  • Iron 8mg 46%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 334mg 48%
  • Vitamin A 433µg 48%
  • Vitamin C 353mg 588%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 32%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 27%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 25%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 61%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 239µg 60%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 36%
  • Vitamin K 751µg 938%
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