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:

110 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced 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 32g 49%
  • Carbs 98g 33%
  • Saturated 5g 24%
  • Fiber 24g 97%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 43g
  • Monounsaturated 20g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 20g 40%
  • Sodium 1,869mg 78%
  • Calcium 512mg 51%
  • Magnesium 309mg 77%
  • Potassium 3,913mg 112%
  • Iron 15mg 85%
  • Zinc 5mg 32%
  • Phosphorus 557mg 80%
  • Vitamin A 543µg 60%
  • Vitamin C 374mg 624%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 49%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 46%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 30%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 80%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 325µg 81%
  • Vitamin E 8mg 38%
  • Vitamin K 895µg 1,119%
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