Israeli Salad

Israeli Salad

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 65.2
  • Total Fat: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 308.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g

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Introduction

When the ingredients are fresh, salads can be simple yet impressive. This traditional, classic Israeli salad is perfect as a side, salad, or as filling for your pita. When the ingredients are fresh, salads can be simple yet impressive. This traditional, classic Israeli salad is perfect as a side, salad, or as filling for your pita.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    1 medium cucumber (peeled)
    1 green or yellow bell pepper
    3 medium tomatoes
    3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    2 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp fresh ground pepper

Tips

Garnish with parsley or green onions.


Directions

Chop all vegetables into small cubes (you can chop them larger if you like). Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix. Enjoy!
Note: Do not make in a metal bowl as the acid from the tomatoes and lemon juice will begin to react.
Note: The longer it sits, the more liquidy it will get.

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  • Very Good
    36 of 36 people found this review helpful
    In Israel, they often put tons of parsley in this to make it even more fresh tasting. It is a side dish to everything, even at breakfast! - 5/1/09

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  • 35 of 35 people found this review helpful
    Remove the seeds from the cucumber and tomatoes to make it less runny. Add the lemon or lime juice until ready to eat, which will make veggies less soggy. This all just helps a little. Tina - 7/29/08

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  • Very Good
    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
    I make a simular salad; Cucumber, red onion, Tomato, red pepper (instead of green) and Garbanzo beans.....this provides protein; Yummy! - 7/29/08

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  • Incredible!
    30 of 33 people found this review helpful
    Have made this for years...I've also made it with added chopped scallions, fresh parsley, dill, diced avocado and garlic, and have also added feta cheese and subbed balsamic vinegar or fresh lime for the lemon..YUM,YUM,YUM !!! - 11/10/07

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  • Very Good
    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
    This is very yummy! I used hot banana peppers instead of bell peppers and gave it a little kick. All the veggies I used were straight from my garden. - 7/29/08

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  • 13 of 17 people found this review helpful
    This comments goes for the VAST majority of recipes on this site:
    I hate it when they don't tell me how much a serving is. Is it 1/2 cup or 1 cup or more or less. If you already know how many servings it makes, then you know how big the servings are. Put that in your recipe!!!
    - 6/26/13

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
    In the Southern U.S., we called it Summer Salad and used vinegar and maybe a tsp. of sugar. I add red onions, garlic, sometimes a touch of dill, and lime juice instead of lemon. Throw in celery, carrots, 'shrooms, olives, and feta for a great Greek salad...love the idea for black beans too...delish! - 11/7/07

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  • Very Good
    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I remember having this salad for breakfast when I went to Israel but I don't remember it contained tomatoes... Just cucumber and pepper, and the cucumber was very finely sliced instead of cubed.
    I also had it in Greece and prepared the same way as in Israel... :-)
    - 7/29/08

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  • Good
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I use tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, pickles, zaatar(israeli spice also known as hissop), and I chop everything very small. - 7/29/08

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I make a big batch of this, using my own veggie add-ins such as onion and omitting the salt. Then I can dress it up and reinvent it as I go, change into Greek one night w/feta & black olives, TexMex one night w/cheddar black beans cilantro and corn, etc. But the original is 5 stars as written. - 8/29/10

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
    love this, I added black beans and we have rye bread and call it a meal. - 7/29/08

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    What a small world. This is a daily salad dish in my country. We call it Arabic Salad. - 12/29/09

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  • Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I made this as written w/o salt. I had individuals add salt at the table. This helps preserve the leftovers from becoming mush. My husband and guest liked this better than I did. I would like to try some of the add-ins others suggested. - 8/4/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Looks good - love how many variations are shown. I make a version adding red onion, taught to me decades ago at the hardware store by an older couple who were in line with me! I use apple cider vinegar, and like to use avocado in place of most of the oil. Very light and summery. - 9/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Funny - I made a salad very similar to this tonight! Quartered cherry tomatoes, peeled & seeded cucumber, parsley, banana peppers, green onions, radishes, and a garlic vinegar vinaigrette. YUM! - 9/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    We eat this all the time, but recently started adding fresh chopped cilantro to it. It's fantastic! - 7/29/08

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  • 5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    The recipe calls for small pieces "5cm squared;" does this need to be changed to "5mm" pieces? 5cm is about 2 inches; very large for salad in my opinion. 5mm is about 1/5th of an inch; or just less than 1/4 of an inch, if you will. Please advise and correct recipe should it be wrong. - 9/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Awesome! I've made this for years, too. I do just the cucumbers and tomatoes sometimes adding an orange or yellow pepper. Like another reader I add the EEVO, if at all when I plate it. A little Truffle salt adds a big flavor, too. YUM! - 7/19/10

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made this but added some onion and it was terrific! (red onion would have been better though) I ate it on flat out bread (wrap) and added spinach leaves! Wonderful! Next time I think I'll venture out to the garden and grab some parsley to mix in. - 2/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    A wonderful, fresh summer salad! I added chopped fresh oregano and a clove of minced garlic. Delicious! Thanks for sharing. - 5/25/11

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  • 3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I saw a similar recipe years ago with lentils and barley. it was so good, I'll have to make this one. - 9/9/10

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I make something similar, but I add a bit of fresh chopped dill. - 9/9/10

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I make this and add cubed low fat cheese. - 9/9/10

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I make mine different, instead of green pepper I use sweet onions, I never use any oil and I use red wine vinegar instead of any citrus. I use a more acid, around 1/4c. I usually let it sit for about a day then drain off the extra liquid, it makes it perfect for our taste and not overly acidic. - 5/10/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I think I will finely dice my vegs and maybe pick up some hissop/zaatar seasoning. I also will take the seeds out of cukes and tomatoes. - 5/1/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I make this all the time, with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, EVOO and balsamic vinegar and whatever other veggies I have available, such as; mushrooms, red bell pepper and grated cheese. - 6/8/16

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I definitely like the picture that the email was sent with... the one in the small white bowl compared to the one showing where the veggies are cooked. The fresh version is much better tasting and is more like a salad. Delish w/just a bit of Italian dressing & lime! YUM! Thanks for sharing! - 6/24/14

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Why do the vegetables look grilled in the photo?? It didn't say anything about that in the directions ...?? - 6/24/14

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have been making this salad for over 50 years with the addition of a little sweet onion. It is a bit time consuming but well worth it. - 9/9/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds very refreshing and most of the ingredients are in my garden.......I will definitely try it. - 9/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is a wonderfully filling, refreshing salad! - 9/9/10

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  • Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    It's not bad, if you like cucumber. If not, well, ..then it's another story. - 9/9/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    very good - 9/9/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made a version of this last night--but I used white balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice - 7/29/08

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added minced garlic and fresh parsley - 7/29/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I've been eating this 3 times a day for the past 25 years (well, almost every day). Israelis have this salad for breakfast, lunch and supper! I love to add red onion and lots of za'atar. This is truly amazing with some techina drizzled on top. - 7/29/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Add parsley and onion and it's what I call Armenian salad. I like to use grape seed, sunflower, or safflower oil since they are a little lighter tasting. I also mix red, yellow, and orange pepper for variety, and lots of dill! YUMMY! - 7/29/08

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    very light and fresh. - 11/7/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love this, too, and have been making it for years, but never knew it was a traditional Israeli dish. - 11/7/07

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Add onion. olives and feta and you have a Greek Salad - 11/7/07

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I make this all time. I never knew it was "Israeli". Here in Egypt, we call it "Green salad". Sometimes, we use corn oil instead of olive oil, and vinegar instead of lemon. - 11/7/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love this salad - reminds me of the greek salads we got on Crete! - 10/31/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Love it. - 9/12/07

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    great for when veggies are fresh from the garden or the farmer's market - 7/9/07

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  • z - 6/9/17

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  • Delicious - 6/8/17

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  • We are going to a church picnic Sunday and I'm taking this. Looks healthy and delicious. - 6/8/17

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  • Made this for a party. It went over really well and now everyone wants the recipe. - 6/8/17

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  • yummy - 6/8/17

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  • Great summer salad! - 6/8/17

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  • love this - 6/8/17

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  • Will be trying this tonight. - 6/8/17

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  • yummy - 6/8/17

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  • Yummy - 6/8/17

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  • Refreshing! Agree w/de-seeding the cuke and the tomato. - 6/8/17

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  • Good salad for hot days - 6/8/17

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  • looks good. - 6/8/17

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  • Keep this salad in the fridge during the hot months. Snack on this after a workout - 6/8/17

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  • I did not like it It was a flavor thing I think but the other people did - 6/8/17

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  • This is a stand-by in my wife's repertoire! - 6/8/17

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  • Sounds great - 6/8/17

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  • This will have to wait until the fabulous tomatoes of summer are available. It's still a little early. - 6/8/17

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  • Great recipe for getting your veggies in. - 6/8/17

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  • Great goto salad. We have this all the time during the summer, and when I can find good tomatoes and cucumbers we do it in the winter as well. Quick and easy! - 6/8/17

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  • I made this and it was good. I preferred it when I added good balsamic vinegar and a bit of feta. - 6/8/17

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  • It's NOT Israeli - 5/26/17

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  • Yum - 4/10/17

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  • Will try! - 3/18/17

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  • so good - 3/13/17

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  • love salads - 2/15/17

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  • love salads - 2/15/17

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  • Measurements should include portion size sparkpeople.com - 8/23/16

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  • Fresh. Dressing comes from water drawn out of vegetables and lemon juice. No oil needed. - 8/2/16

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  • What's the herb in your photo? Dill? Parsley? I imagine both would be good, but wondering if one is more traditional. - 6/17/16

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  • Ha!! I have been making this for YEARS!! LOVE IT! - 6/8/16

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  • Chop as tiny as you can to be authentic.

    I usually drain this and drink the juice - that way the salad stays fresh longer. And add the salt, lemon, and parsley just before serving so the parsley doesn't wilt and there's less liquid. Yes, in Israel and the Mediterrean this is part of brekkie!
    - 6/8/16

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  • for Greek- add olives and feta cheese; Cheddar, black beans , corn, garlic, - 6/8/16

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  • Cucumber makes me sick, I have tried to like it though. Hate the smell and taste, mouth feel. Wish I could handle it. - 6/8/16

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  • I'm going to try this recipe & add the fresh parsley, but not use as much oil because it sounds both delicious & healthy! - 8/3/15

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  • Hmmmm!!!! Where did the eggplant come from?!?!?

    As for this being an Israeli salad?!?!? A Mediterranean salad would be a more accurate title. (I lived there for six years.)
    - 7/15/15

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  • Dear Sparkpeople - I am looking forward to trying the recipe. But this photo does not match the recipe. I do not see ANY bell peppers in photo (in recipe). It looks like there is eggplant in photo (not in recipe). It looks like basil in photo (not in recipe). - 4/8/15

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  • Picture does not match the recipe - 1/29/15

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  • I had leftove quinoa that I mixed with this salad. It was good. A little tart for my taste but that's easily remedied. It's a great way to eat more veggies! - 8/5/14

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  • Very good and healthy. 2 plus's - 6/28/14

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  • This is really good. I have a major concern. however. The suggestion that this dish be accompanied by a pork main dish is no doubt offensive to many people from Israel and the Middle East and many parts of the world. Did anyone think about it before suggesting it?? - 6/24/14

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  • I love this type of salad in warm weather. It is very tasty indeed! - 6/24/14

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  • I make a similar salad this, born of my Lebanese heritage, where I chop up cucumbers, tomatoes and red onion and dress it with evoo and lemon with some salt, pepper and dried mint. The dried mint is definitely Lebanese. Never thought of garbanzo beans, though I often serve it with hummus. Yum!!
    - 6/10/14

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  • Would cilantro work? - 6/9/14

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  • This was a favorite summer salad my mom made with fresh veg. from her bountiful garden! I now am making it for my grandkids, aged 21 mo and 3 and they love it as much as we all did! - 5/8/14

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  • I love this! I am going to toss in some garbanzo beans and possibly some mozzarella to make it a simple and fresh meal. - 3/24/14

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  • Great Recipe :) I added some fresh garlic cloves and some red onions. Sublime :) I also tried in mixed in with some cold wheat pasta and it defiantly hit the spot! - 9/23/13

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  • Use Avocado in place of half the oil. - 7/21/13

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  • I added parsley--lots--and really enjoyed this salad!! - 7/2/13

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  • Super easy and yummy! This was a nice change. - 6/30/13

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  • Wow! Great side dish for summer. Really tasty summer salad, and so many variations in the comments that I will be serving it often, - 6/29/13

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  • I have had cucumber and onion in vinegar. But I have to try this. - 6/27/13

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  • Very yummy and refreshing! I added some parsley. Great for a hot summer day! - 6/27/13

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  • I wonder if you could leave out or lower the amount of Olive Oil you put in. This looks so fresh and clean and I can't wait to try it. - 6/26/13

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  • I haven't made it yet BUT I cannot see not liking it as I like all of the ingredients. And I have had a very similar salad for years. - 6/26/13

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  • That's the basis of the tossed salad I make for hubby!
    Simple can be best! So just 3 major ingredients, and very few things in the dressing, works really well.
    It also allows for changing around the ingredients, so hubby's not getting the exact same thing time after time.
    - 6/26/13

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