Spicy Israeli Salad

Israeli Salad is a light and refreshing summer dish, but my spicy Israeli salad is a kick-you-in-the-face Texas inspired step up from the average!

Spicy Israeli Salad

Hey y’all! Right now I’m in sunshine-y California teaching at a Jewish cooking retreat and frolicking on the beach. Not a bad job, right? I can’t wait to catch you up on this adventure! In the meantime, as a consolation prize, I have salad. Whomp, whomp, you may be thinking. But this isn’t an ordinary salad at all! It’s light and delicious with a jalapeño kick. Hi-ya! The perfect lunch pre-beach-frolicking. I even used these gorgeous tomatoes from my friend’s garden. One day I’ll have my own garden!

Spicy Israeli SaladI used English cucumbers because they are tasty and have edible seeds, red onions, cilantro and a light dressing. You could even add avocado if you like! I toyed with it, but opted not to due to a recipe I have coming next week (!) Get excited.

Spicy Israeli Salad

Pretty! Serve with pita and hummus or a spoon or anything!

Spicy Israeli Salad

Do you have a garden? I’d love some tips!

Spicy Israeli Salad

Spicy Israeli Salad
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Israeli Salad is a light and refreshing summer dish, but my spicy Israeli salad is a kick you in the face Texas inspired step up from the average!
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Jewish
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 English cucumbers, small diced
  • 1 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ medium red onion, small diced
  • 1-2 jalapeños, small diced
  • ½ bunch cilantro, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all the vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle with lemon juice, olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve chilled or at room temperature! Keeps well in refrigerator for up to 5 days.




  1. says

    This sounds so delicious. What a lovely summer recipe. I like things pretty spicy so I’m going to totally make this. It seems like a good salad for a picnic or the beach, too! I love cold salads that you can just keep in the fridge and grab out when you’re hungry. I like you’re blog… I love how you write “latest noshes”, haha, I love that word “Nosh”. There is a really good restaurant in our city called “Nosh Kitchen Bar” and it’s SO good. Best bacon dusted fries.

    Thanks for posting this recipe… I’m off to check out your Falafel Burgers!

  2. says

    This looks yummy! My Turkish mother in law makes something very similar and everyone loves it. She uses parsley instead of cilantro and red pepper in place of the jalapenos. Can’t wait to try yours!