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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 5g 8%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 1g 4%
  • Fiber 3g 12%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 3g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Sodium 309mg 13%
  • Calcium 53mg 5%
  • Magnesium 30mg 7%
  • Potassium 428mg 12%
  • Iron 1mg 8%
  • Zinc 0mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 56mg 8%
  • Vitamin A 72µg 8%
  • Vitamin C 59mg 98%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 5%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 5%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 10%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 40µg 10%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 125µg 156%
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