We, Israelis, like to eat breakfast anytime in the day, especially for dinner because it has many elements yet it’s a light. Typical Israeli breakfast usually includes eggs (shakshuka is one style), different types of cheeses, bread, tahini sauce and this salad.
Lately I’ve been making a big bowl of it for lunch for Alex and myself. It is usually made with onion too but I decided to skip it because the strong onion-flavor it leaves in the mouth makes me crave something sweet to help wash away the taste. Also without the onion you can make it in the morning and take it to work for lunch. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare.
If you don’t have tahini butter put extra olive oil. If you don’t have Middle Eastern tahini butter (which is more liquidy ), only a thick tahini butter, mix it with 2 tablespoons water.
Everyday Israeli salad
- Handful sunflower seeds
- 4-6 large tomatoes
- 4-6 Persian cucumbers
- 6 – 10 leaves mustard greens or any other greens such as arugula or spinach
- Handful parsley
- Half medium lemon
- 2 tablespoons tahini butter – Middle Eastern brands are better because they're more liquid
- Olive oil
- Sea Salt
- White or black ground pepper
- Toast the sunflower seeds in a skillet over low heat for 3 – 5 minutes.
- Dice the tomatoes and cucumbers and put them in a large bowl. Chop the herbs and add to the bowl. Squeeze the lemon straight in and drizzle the tahini butter and olive oil (count to 3) over the salad.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper and sunflower seeds, and toss.
- Taste and correct seasoning before you serve..