Israeli Salad with a California Twist by Aliza Sokolow

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Israeli Salad with a California Twist by Aliza Sokolow

January 3, 2023
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Israeli Salad with a California Twist by Aliza Sokolow

This Shirazi or Israeli Salad is loaded with fresh veggies and fruit from California farms. It’s easy to put together and incredibly delicious. You can serve this Israeli salad on its own, or add cooked couscous, quinoa, and chicken to make it a more substantial meal. Our friend Aliza Sokolow is sharing her recipe so you can make it too!

From Aliza:

I really like to tell the stories of the farmers because they’re such heroes of mine. They put in the manual labor and are able to tell when a tomato is ripe for the picking, something a machine is not capable of. Through my photography, I hope to give people a bit more knowledge and gratitude for what they’re eating and awareness as to how much went into what’s on the plate.

The colors are what really excite me. When you’re growing up, you think carrots are orange and watermelon is pink, but when I find a pink mushroom or I see that there are five different-colored carrots, that is so mind-blowing and exciting. I like to show the beauty that is grown in the earth. The farmers do the work. I just cut things open.

Let’s make this California-style Israeli Salad:

What are the ingredients for Israeli Salad?

  • cucumbers
  • orange bell pepper
  • cherry tomatoes
  • red onion
  • pomegranate arils
  • fresh parsley
  • lime
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Feta cheese (optional)

All from California, of course!

Do Israeli Salads have Feta cheese?

No, Israeli Salad doesn’t always have Feta or any cheese – that’s why it’s optional here. The briny, creamy Feta adds a fabulous contrast to the fresh veggies and fruit.

Are Israeli and Shirazi Salad the same?

Mostly, yes. The two salads are so close the terms Shirazi or Israeli Salad are used interchangeably. In both, the primary ingredients are cucumber, tomato, onion, olive oil and herbs, dressed with verjuice or lime juice. The main difference between Israeli and Shirazi Salad is that Shirazi Salad often uses mint as the herb.

Israeli Salad with a California Twist topped with Real CA Milk Feta Cheese
Israeli Salad topped with Real CA Milk Feta Cheese? Yes please!
Shirazi or Israeli salad recipe

Israeli Salad with a California Twist

Aliza Sokolow
This Shirazi or Israeli salad is loaded with fresh veggies and fruit from California farms. It's easy to put together and incredibly delicious. You can serve this Israeli salad on its own, or add cooked couscous, quinoa and chicken to make it a more substantial meal. Our friend Aliza Sokolow is sharing her recipe so you can make it too!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Israeli
Servings 2 servings
Calories 312 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • seeds (arils) from 1 pomegranate about 1 cup
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped
  • juice of 1 lime about 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled OPTIONAL

Instructions
 

  • Dice everything into the same small chop, then mix together with the lime juice and EVOO! Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Top with Feta if using.
    Israeli Salad with Feta cheese
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Feel free to switch up the ingredients in your Israeli Salad for what’s in season or what you love! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gSodium: 18mgPotassium: 728mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2486IUVitamin C: 105mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bell peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, chunky olive oil dip, cucumber, Israeli Salad, lime, parsley, red onion, Shirazi Salad
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Salad photos by James Collier

This is What I Eat - Aliza Sokolow Cover Image

This is What I Eat – A New Book by Aliza Sokolow

Aliza has a new book called This is What I Eat. She shares her love of fruits, veggies and all things yummy. This color-and-activity book is a playful introduction to healthy eating and engaging with our planet, perfect for your budding foodie or your picky eater!

Order the book on Amazon or at your favorite indie bookstore.

Aliza Sokolow has exciting career in media and food and worked as a food stylist for famous chefs like Jamie Oliver. You may know her from her vibrant images that she shares on her Instagram account. A devoted farmers’ market shopper, Aliza is grateful for the wide variety of produce available year-round in the Golden State. She’s also passionate about supporting farmers and farmworkers. She often hosts bake sales and donates proceeds to causes near and dear to her heart. In October, her Prune + Chocolate Chip Cookies bake sale raised money for the Farmer and Farmworker Foundation!

next level delicious.

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