Happy Bastille Day! Vive la France! Balayé le sol!
…I think that means “sweep the floor”…
As tribute to the storming of the Bastille, the French Revolution, and all things liberté/égalité/fraternité, I have shared with you a delicious, simple, & refreshing Israeli salad…In no means is it French, however I first had it in Paris about 5 years ago & also because David Lebowitz said I could, and I think he knows alot about France. (just sayin’)
Speaking of nationalism…Dustin & I were recently visiting my family in Syracuse, NY for a week long indulgent July 4th celebration at my parents’ lake house on Oneida Lake. While on vacation, I made this salad at least 4 different times. It’s fast, easy, and who can’t get along with tomato, cucumber, & onion? (maybe Louis XVI?!) I even saw my picky father go back for a second helping. Perhaps he was just humouring me, but either way it got some more veggies into that Dad bod of his, something I’m always nagging him about.
There are countless riffs on this salad, all are tasty, unique, and practically effortless to prepare. I like to add an abundance of fresh herbs to really brighten ‘er up! Serve with some pita, halloumi, and/or hummus, makes for a great lunch. Makes for an excellent accompainment to any egg dish too!
Herbed Israeli Salad
-2 C. tomato, diced
-2 C. cucumber, diced
-1 C. white onion, diced
-4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
-1/4 C. flat-leaf parsley, chopped
-1/4 C. fresh cilantro, chopped
-1 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
-1 tsp. lemon zest
-Salt & pepper to taste
-Combine tomato, cucumber, & white onion in a large bowl, mix together.
-Add olive oil, toss to coat.
-Add parsley, cilantro, mint, and lemon zest to the vegetable mixture, mix together.
-Season with freshly milled pepper & coarse sea salt to taste. Add a drizzle or two more of olive oil if needed.
-Serve with breakfas, lunch, or dinner & enjoy!
Dustin and I recently ventured to Coney Island and brought this salad as our lunch. Shockingly, we kept the sand out of our food & beverages. We also ate mangos on a stick, drank plenty of this, & perused the boardwalk. I can’t believe that it’s $9 to ride the Cyclone now…I wonder what Louis XVI would think of that?! Perhaps Marie Antoinette would just let us all eat hot dogs…
…ok, ok, done with the terrible French Revolution jokes.