Jerusalem Salad Premium PD Recipe

2018-06-12

After years of creative testing, we finally have an amazing creamy tahini-free copycat Protective Diet remake of my favorite Lebanese restaurant’s creamy Jerusalem Salad. It provides added protection, served sauce-heavy and spooned into fresh pita bread, alone or with PD Falafel, shredded lettuce and garnished with spicy King Sauce. This is one of my favorite meals when I’m feeling homesick, and now I can enjoy it anytime without ever missing the high-fat tahini dressing. When I’m in the mood for crunch, I scoop this salad up like a dip with Homemade Pita Chips.

Ingredients:

Dressing Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 large English/seedless cucumber or 8 mini Persian cucumbers, diced
  • 2 large beefsteak tomatoes or 6 Roma plum tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup onion, diced finely
  • Za’atar Spice Mix for topping, optional

Directions:

  1. Dice cucumber and tomatoes into a small even size dice, shown in the photos
  2. Dice onion finely and combine with cucumbers and tomatoes in a large bowl
  3. Using a high-speed blender, add dressing ingredients in the order listed and blend until very smooth
  4. Pour the entire batch of dressing over the salad and toss well with a spoon
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve; sauce will thicken after chilling
  6. The salad should be very sauce/dressing heavy (traditionally scooped up like gravy with fresh pita bread or used as a sauce or veggie topping on a Falafel Sandwich

Notes:

  • There are many dressing variations for Jerusalem Salad depending on what part of the Middle East you are dining in
  • This recipe is a tahini-free copycat remake of my favorite Lithuanian restaurant, Pita House in Schaumburg, Illinois
  • It is served sauce-heavy and scooped into fresh pita bread and topped with flavorful hot sauce similar to King Sauce

Serving Suggestions:

Complementary recipes include:

More Middle Eastern salads to try:

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Comments (5)

  1. posted by Lisa Allphin on June 30, 2018

    So good! This is going to be my go-too dish to bring to Omni potlucks.

  2. posted by Marie Cayuela on June 13, 2018

    I agree with Janice. This is so good. Thank you Julie Marie!

  3. posted by Janice Price on June 12, 2018

    I absolutely love this salad! The dressing is so tasty I could eat it all by itself with pita bread or crackers! Super easy to make and super delicious…this will be a fantastic dish to bring to share at summer gatherings.

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