Afghan salata, a salad without oil in the dressing! Good for you and your waistline. Afghans take pride in cutting up the vegetables in small uniform pieces. It is a beautiful light salad. Of course other vegetables could be substituted if something is not in season.
Afghanistan is blessed to be able to grow many vegetables and this salata pronounced sa-laa-ta is the perfect accompaniment to the more hearty Afghan dishes. It is light and can be made with many variations like carrots or mint, you get the idea. The best part of this salad is the dressing. A good reminder that simply lemon with a dash of salt and pepper allows the natural flavors of the vegetables to shine.
Afghan salata would be a lovely salad to go with just about any main dish. An especially wonderful dish when you have an abundance of tomatoes or cucumbers in your garden. I made this with my favorite tomato the globe. What is your favorite tomato?
This is a perfect recipe for summer. Take it along on a picnic with some Afghan kebabs and bolani for a well rounded meal.
You can also simply scoop up the salad with some naan bread. Why not sit on the floor and eat using your right hand for an authentic Afghan experience.
Salata Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Onions with Lemon Dressing
Afghan Salata is a super healthy salad that doesn't have oil in the dressing. Feel free to use whatever fresh vegetables and herbs are in season for a real treat
- 2 medium size tomatoes diced
- 2 Persian cucumbers or 1 regular cucumber peeled and diced
- 1 small red onion diced
- ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
You may also enjoy learning a bit more about Afghanistan here is Our journey to Afghanistan
If you are looking for more Afghan recipes be sure to check out the other authentic Afghanistan recipes below.
bolani – A stuffed flatbread
Kebab-e-murgh Chicken Kebab marinated in a yogurt cumin sauce.
Kabuli Pulao – Afghan rice dish made lamb, carrots, raisins and apricots.
Borani Banjan – Eggplant baked in a tangy tomato sauce
Sheer Birinj – Rice pudding with almonds and cardamom