Chopped Israeli Salad for One Person

Chopped Israeli salad isn’t quite what you might assume. It doesn’t have lettuce or carrots.  It’s not even eaten when you’d expect.  Israeli salad isn’t for lunch or dinner. Instead people eat it for breakfast with eggs, hummus, pita bread, fish, and olives. Not being much of a standard American breakfast person, I approve!

Of course, all of those things make a great lunch too, especially on a hot day when  you don’t want to get anywhere near a stove or an oven. I adapted this recipe from a comment on Tori Avery’s web site. 

She had a recipe for Israeli salad, and a commenter, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, pointed out that there’s a Persian version called “salad e-shirazi.”

She said it calls for red onion and parsley (neither of which I had).  However, I did decide to follow her suggestion and use lime juice instead of lemon juice and add mint.

Make sure to use either Persian cucumbers or English cucumbers (rather than the standard kind).  The Persian (or mini) cucumbers are shorter and thinner than standard cucumbers and usually sold in sealed packages.  The English (or hothouse) cucumbers are the long, skinny ones individually wrapped in plastic wrap.

They’re easier to cut up and you don’t have to peel them! Also, the standard cukes tend to be more bitter.

I cut everything up, mixed it together, and left it out on the counter for a couple of hours (there’s nothing to spoil quickly) so that the flavors would blend.  Also, if you put tomatoes in the fridge, they start to lose their flavor.

You can serve this salad with the pita and etc. I mentioned above for a light meal or as a side dish with a sandwich or some eggs. You can make plain scrambled eggs, a frittata, or keep the Persian theme going and serve it with Persian eggs. I added about 1/4 C of eggplant I had left over (recipe here and it’s even for one person).

There’s no picture of the eggs because I was hungry and started eating before I remembered to take one!





Chopped Israeli Salad for One

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

one serving

Chopped Israeli Salad for One

A versatile salad that works for breakfast, as a side dish with a sandwich, or with pita, feta, and olives for lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 C Persian cucumber (about half a cucumber)
  • 1/3 C tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes, you can use beefsteak)
  • 1 tsp onion, diced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper
  • sprig of fresh mint (mix a few leaves in the salad, use the rest for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Cut the cucumber and tomatoes into small chunks. The smaller the better. I cut the cucumber in half, then cut the half lengthwise, then gradually smaller dice. Do the tomatoes the same way.
  2. Dice the onion.
  3. Add the vegetables to a small bowl.
  4. Add the olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper and mint.
  5. Toss to mix thoroughly.
  6. You can eat this right away, but it's better to let it sit for an hour or two to let the flavors blend.


Substitutions and Variations for Chopped Israeli Salad

  • Try the full standard Persian version, “salad-e-shirazi,” which is made with seeded cukes and tomatoes, red onion, parsley, mint, salt, pepper, lemon juice (or lime juice) and a bit of olive oil.
  • Make it more filing with some crumbled feta cheese.
  • Add some red bell pepper (or try orange or yellow for more color), cut into tiny pieces
  • Chop some radishes and add them to the salad
  • The Book of Jewish Food has a variation popular with Baghdadi Jews in India: add grated ginger and some chopped chili peppers.

Ingredients and Tools for Chopped Israeli Salad

Oxo Lemon/Lime Reamer

You can squeeze the lime with your hands, but it’s a bit messy.  It’s much easier (and neater) to use a reamer instead. And since it’s made by Oxo, it’s comfortable to use.  Tip: Leave the fruit out to get to room temperature (or zap it in the microwave for 5 seconds). It will juice more easily.

Oxo Salad Chopper (mezzaluna) and bowl

You can use a sharp knife to cut up your salad, but it’s even easier with a salad chopper.  The double blades chop the salad, veggies, cheese, etc into tiny little pieces. And it takes a lot less effort. Just rock your hand back and forth.

More One Person Salad Recipes

Mixed Greens Egg Potato and Chicken Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Blueberry Spinach Salad with Feta Cheese and Walnuts

Cottage Cheese Yogurt and Fruit Salad

Chicken Salad Recipe with Greek Yogurt and Dried Currants




Watermelon Slush

When it’s just too darn hot outside, a big slice of watermelon really hits the spot. The trouble is, you often end up with watermelon juice all over yourself (your face, your clothes, everywhere).

This watermelon slush solves the drippy watermelon problem.  It’s sort of like a smoothie (and technically called a licuado), but without yogurt.

I could just drink these all day. It’s cool, refreshing, and really easy to make.

There’s just a few ingredients: watermelon, ice cubes, and lime. And, if you like, you get the added attraction of making it into an adult beverage with a shot of rum or vodka.

The original recipe called for a bit of sugar, but I found it was sweet enough without it.  This way you get more watermelon flavor.

Ahhhhh.



Watermelon Lime Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Category: beverage

Cuisine: American

one serving

Watermelon Lime Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup ice (about 8 cubes)
  • 2 ounces rum or vodka (optional)
  • 1 slice lime

Instructions

  1. Add the watermelon, ice, and rum (if using) to the beaker of a stick blender. Mix thoroughly until ice is crushed and watermelon is puréed.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and squeeze the lime into the drink. Then garnish the glass with the lime. Add a sprig of mint if you like.

Substitutions and Variations for Watermelon Slush

  • make half and half mango and watermelon
  • add a sprig of fresh mint (or basil)
  • swap some of the watermelon for strawberries
  • add half a banana




More Smoothies/Slushies and Cocktails

Banana Smoothie Recipe for One

Strawberry Basil Mojito with Lime

Tools and Ingredients to Make a Watermelon Slush


Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender

This hand blender is the best! Use it to make smoothies, puree soup, salad dressing, milkshakes, applesauce, or dips. Just stick the blender in the pot or bowl, push the button, and blend.  Unlike my last blender, this one has a detachable attachment.  Just remove it to clean (without worrying about damaging the motor).