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Recipe Monday: Salata

November 5, 2012
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Growing up, Mum made this awesome salad. Well, I loved it in theory, hated it in practice. It wasn’t until I moved out and started making it on my own that I fell in love with it finally. The difference? In the recipe Mum made, she used dried mint. A lot of it, too. I hated the texture in my mouth. It was just… unpleasant. I turned to fresh mint, which—when chopped finely—didn’t have a texture I found off-putting. And, in fact, it taste better with the fresh mint. It actually tasted like mint! So, this is my go-to salad from my childhood, a Lebanese dish I grew up with in my Siti’s home and my mother’s home. 😀

Ingredients
5C salad greens
1 English cucumber, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
3 ribs of celery, chopped
2 carrots, coarse grated
1/3C lemon juice (I use bottled, shamelessly)
2TBSP oil
2tsp salt
1tsp pepper
1 1/2tsp garlic powder
1/4C fresh mint, finely chopped

In a large salad bowl, combine lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and mint and whisk thoroughly until the salt dissolves. Add the oil and whisk again. Add all the vegetables and toss. Taste it. It should be sour and salty. XD It’s sort of like a pickled salad, really, but you can adjust it to your own tastes. It’s meant to be sour and salty, though. 😉 Enjoy!

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