Jul 22

FM’s Jerusalem Salad

in Fruits & Vegetables, Recipes by Type, Salads, Side Dish

After returning home from our local farmer’s market this past Saturday with a market bag full of fresh cucumbers, parsley, and beautiful heirloom tomatoes, I decided it was time to try and come up with a version of the Jerusalem Salad I loved so much at O’Falafel, Etc.
Based on watching the salad preparation and what I remembering tasting, I came up with a salad that is healthy, light, flavorful and divinely yummy.
The salad is quick and easy to make. All you do is chop up the veggies,
mix up a dressing using some tahini and other ingredients,
and then toss it all together.
I picked up some pita bread at a local Halal market to eat with it–but it wasn’t quite as good as O’Falafel’s fabulous pita bread. I guess I’m just going to have to master the art of making my own pita bread.

FM’s Jerusalem Salad
La Fuji Mama, inspired by O’Falafel, Etc.

3 small pickling cucumbers, finely chopped
1 1/2 lbs. firm tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/3-1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sesame paste (tahini/tehina), plus more if needed
Salt and black pepper, to taste

1. Combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, and parsley in a large mixing bowl.

2. In another bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, salt, and pepper together until the dressing is creamy and pale. If the dressing is too thick, gradually add a little water, whisking until it reaches the desired consistency. If it is too thin, gradually add more tahini.

3. Just before serving, pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss thoroughly to coat. *I only pour about 1/2 of the dressing on initially, and then add more until I get a wetness I am satisfied with. Depending on how juice the tomatoes are, I may add more or less dressing. Serve immediately to prevent the salad from becoming soggy. (Though it is still yummy the next day!)

*Delicious served with fresh pita bread.

Coming Tomorrow: Celebrating with Julia Child

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Heavenly Housewife July 22, 2009 at 8:35 am

How delicious. Middle eastern food is my absolute favorite!


diva July 22, 2009 at 9:29 am

wow this looks very very good!! and fresh. mmmm. x


K and S July 22, 2009 at 11:15 am

I'm trying this when I get back to Japan :)


Amber July 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Oh yum…. and please, please perfect pita bread, then teach us how! I can never make mine puff. I've made so many batches and can't seem to get it quite right!


Jenn July 22, 2009 at 12:55 pm

This looks so light and healthy, I could go for some of this right now with a bag of pita chips.


Annie Pazoo July 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm

oh, YUM!


Bob July 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

That looks great. I bet it would be perfect today, it's all hot and muggy here.


Meg July 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I'm totally making this! How does a pickling cucumber differ from a regular cucumber? That is probably a dumb question. Are they the same thing? thanks!


Fuji Mama July 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Meg–Not a dumb question at all! The normal cucumbers in our grocery stores have thicker skin which is oftentimes bitter and they have larger seeds. Pickling cucumbers have smaller seeds and thin, non-bitter skin. You can also use an English cucumber or a Japanese cucumber (they also have fewer seeds and thinner, non-bitter skin)!


Damaris July 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm

this looks super good. I'm going o try and make it for sure


koshercamembert July 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Looks great. I usually make my Jerusalem/Middle Eastern/Israeli salads (I have a few on my blog) seasoned with just lemon juice and olive oil, salt and pepper, and some mix of spices. Sometimes I might toss some hummus or tahini on top as in a deconstructed felafel sandwich. Nice way to dress yours. Missing your relative (sister-in-law?) and her big smiling face eating the sandwich!


Sook July 23, 2009 at 4:06 am

Oh my goodness. That looks amazing!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction July 23, 2009 at 7:51 am

Looks so beautiful and fresh! I think I have all of the ingredients in the house already, too.


Snowbell July 23, 2009 at 9:03 am

Reminds me of home :).

An interesting alternative is putting some feta cheese and replace the tahini with zaatar (a mixture of spices), olive oil and lemon.



Joanne July 23, 2009 at 9:54 am

My mouth is watering! I'll absolutely be trying this. Yum!


comfycook July 27, 2009 at 11:17 pm

This is perfect for the hot weather. Cool vegetables. They look pretty, as well.


UPrinting August 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm

You seriously based this recipe from what you remembered tasting? You are a genius! :D
Thanks for sharing the recipe, btw. Looks really tasty.


Crédit nouveau départ April 14, 2016 at 2:05 am

This article is actually a pleasant one it helps new the
web people, who are wishing for blogging.


rejuvalux.net April 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Very good blog you have here but I was wanfing to know if you knew of any forums
that cover the same topics talked about in this article?
I’d really lobe to be a part of community where I
can get feed-back from other knowledgeable individuals that
share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let mee know.


link April 16, 2016 at 1:28 am

Really when someone doesn’t know then its up to other visitors that they will
assist, so here it takes place.


adu q online April 19, 2016 at 12:26 am

I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have
put in penning this website. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts
by you in the future as well. In truth, your
creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own website now


taruhantogel.info August 12, 2016 at 12:43 am

Hey excellent blog! Does running a blog such as this require a massive amount
work? I’ve absolutely no knowledge of programming but I had
been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyway,
should you have any recommendations or techniques
for new blog owners please share. I know this is off subject but I just had to ask.
Many thanks!


cupom de desconto nuuvem August 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Having read this I thought it was really informative.
I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this short article together.
I once again find myself personally spending
a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still
worth it!


viking line tarjous August 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

This piece of writing offers clear idea in favor of the new visitors of blogging, that really how to do running
a blog.


gutscheine shirtinator August 20, 2016 at 12:28 am

What’s up it’s me, I am also visiting this web site on a regular basis, this web page is really pleasant
and the users are genuinely sharing nice thoughts.


tidningskungen rabattkod August 20, 2016 at 7:12 am

Hello There. I found your blog the usage of msn. This is an extremely smartly written article.

I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your helpful
information. Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.


pierre robert norge August 20, 2016 at 10:20 am

Can I simply just say what a relief to find a person that actually understands what they are talking about on the internet.
You actually know how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
A lot more people really need to look at this and
understand this side of the story. I was surprised you’re not more popular since you certainly have the


Gratis telefoonboek August 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm

There’s definately a great deal to learn about this issue.
I like all of the points you’ve made.


gratis kaart greetz August 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment
(it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.

I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing.
Do you have any tips and hints for first-time blog writers?
I’d certainly appreciate it.


réduction en ligne August 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

Hurrah! In the end I got a weblog from where I be able to actually obtain helpful information concerning my study and knowledge.


dfds seaways tilbud September 16, 2016 at 12:46 am

Amazing! Its really amazing paragraph, I have got much clear idea concerning
from this article.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: