The traditional Lebanese salad with a spicy kick, salad greens are tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, mint, za’atar, and minced chilis.
Are you looking for a way to shake things up with your salads? How about spicing things up with my Spicy Lebanese Salad. This traditional Lebanese salad is delicious and uses common ingredients with a little kick that’ll keep you from getting bored with your greens and veggie intake.
- For the salad: romaine lettuce, tomato, radishes, English cucumber, red onion, and parsley.
- For the dressing: Olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dried mint, za’atar, serrano chilies, and salt & pepper.
How to Make a Spicy Lebanese Salad
I always start my Spicy Lebanese Salad by making the dressing first. Start by using a microplane to freshly grate garlic into a small bowl.
Then add the diced serrano chilis and lemon juice.
Season with some salt and pepper.
Then slowly whisk in the olive oil.
Finish by stirring in the za’atar and dried mint, then set aside.
For the salad, start by cutting and washing your romaine lettuce.
Then slice or mince your radishes, red onion, English cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley.
And add all ingredients into a large bowl.
Drizzle the dressing you made over the top.
Then toss well to make sure the salad is evenly coated.
Serve and enjoy your Spicy Lebanese Salad!
- Switch out the vegetables: Use what you have! Regular cucumber instead of English, add green onion, green leaf instead of romaine. Your options are endless!
- Take out the spice: Not a fan of spicy? Don’t add the serrano chilis to the dressing and this becomes just a Lebanese salad.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this salad the same as a fattoush salad?
A fattoush salad is also very common in Lebanese households. And while they share many ingredients, this isn’t the same salad.
What spices do Lebanese use?
Frequently when talking about Lebanese food, people refer to the 7 spices, which include black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and fenugreek. Za’atar and sumac are also very commonly used.
How long can you keep spicy Lebanese salad?
If you don’t plan on eating the salad all at once, I would keep the dressing separate from the salad. Keep both in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
More Salad Recipes
- Kale Caesar Salad
- Greek Herb Salad with Feta
- Ramen Broccoli Slaw
- Chicken Tawook Fattoush Salad
- Lebanese Chickpea Salad
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Make it my way or change it up and make it your own; you’ll love my Spicy Lebanese Salad. Let me know what you do in the comments!
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Spicy Lebanese Salad
- 4 cups romaine (chopped)
- 1 medium tomato (diced)
- 4 radishes (thinly sliced)
- 1 cup English cucumber (diced )
- ¼ cup red onion (thinly sliced)
- ¼ cup parsley (minced)
- Place all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the salad dressing ingredients. Drizzle on top of the salad greens and toss well to coat. Check for seasoning and adjust to taste.