Typically, this salad contains tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, but anything goes. When its summer in Canada, my mother loves to show off her vegetable garden achievements with this salad. This traditional Palestinian salad is on my dinner table for most family meals. It is simple and a delightful accompaniment to meat and rice dishes. Fresh ingredients add bold flavors to this tangy salad.

Preparation time

  • 15 minutes


  • 6 pax


  • 4-6 cucumbers
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 green chilies (optional)
  • 1 whole lemon skinned and chopped
  • 1 onion or 4-6 green onions
  • 4 tbsp. fresh mint or 1 tsp. dried mint

For the Dressing

  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice    
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Chop all the ingredients into bite-sized pieces.
  • Pour over the dressing just before serving and toss gently.




Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tanya knew that Palestine was her symbolic homeland. Always curious about her identity and connecting with her roots, she was eager to strengthen her ties to the Levant and traveled the region, desperate to learn more. It wasn’t until her first trip to Palestine that she became spiritually and emotionally connected.

She studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Toronto. She then moved to the UAE, supporting numerous NGOs related to children’s welfare in the region. When she had her own family, she created the My Olive Roots platform in the hopes that her children and the Arabs diaspora would have a place to connect, learn and preserve their roots. Tanya enjoys discovering humanist stories and exploring the connection of food and art with culture.

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