Israeli salad with goats cheese

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Israeli Salad with Goat Cheese – a delicious finely chopped veggie salad topped with goat cheese and herbs, making for a perfect light and healthy lunch.

Oh my! I have 5 words for you, my webbie friends.

This salad is a must!

This salad was gone just about as soon as I put it on the table. I could just cry, it’s so good. I probably mentioned this before but hubs is a salad connoisseur, a salad aficionado. I know, strange for a man, but my man is no ordinary man. Remember my man mostly loves sandwiches and hates pasta. But he does know a good salad when he sees one. Not only that but he can make a mean salad.

But I made this salad. He just ate most of it, although I did enjoy a couple bites.

If you’ve never heard of an Israeli salad, don’t get frightened by the name. It’s mostly a vegetable salad, a chopped salad of finely diced tomatoes and cucumbers. But that’s what distinguishes this Israeli salad, is the tiny diced tomatoes and cucumbers. And this is what really delighted my husband. The tiny tiny veggies. He loves his salad finely chopped, so this was the perfect salad for him.

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Of course the main ingredients of this salad are the cucumbers and tomatoes. So please take the time to finely chop them as small as you can. You’ll appreciate it. Trust me. You will need a very sharp knife for this, but please be careful and do not chop your fingers in the process, very easy to do. I used cocktail tomatoes because those are pretty much the only tomatoes we love, or cherry tomatoes, but it’s easier here if you use larger tomatoes, easier for chopping.

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You’ll also need a couple bell peppers, I chose to go with an orange one and a red one, but please use whatever you have on hand. Also what makes this salad great is the herbs, I went with mint and parsley.

I have a sort of funny story about using mint in food. One time when my mom was over, I made these Turkish meat pies for her and at first she was very excited to try them. But then she asked me what was in them, and as soon as I mentioned mint, she put the pie down and did not want to take another bite. You see my mom is not very adventurous when it comes to food, she’ll stick to foods she knows and to her mint is for tea and nothing else. I tried to get her to eat the pies, because they are so good, but no luck. So if you are like my mother, please skip the mint, just add the parsley. But if you dare to try things that are out of your comfort zone, the mint will add a nice flavor to the salad, totally worth it.

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Ingredients

5 cocktail tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes
1 English cucumber
1 yellow bell pepper (I used orange)
1 red bell pepper
½ cup parsley, chopped
¼ cup mint, chopped
1 cup goat cheese, crumbled
½ cup pomegranate seeds
zest from one lemon
juice from one lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Chop all the ingredients into very small pieces. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl together with the olive oil, zest and lemon juice and toss. Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy! 🙂

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