Lebanese Rubbed Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Lebanese Rubbed Salad Recipe
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Lebanese Rubbed Salad

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"This is an amazing and unusual salad that is fun for kids to help make. The method sounds strange, but once you try it, you'll want a massaged salad all the time! The salad will look a bit wilted, but it will taste delicious!"

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  • PREP

    20 mins

    20 mins


  1. Place the salad greens in a large bowl. Add the cucumber, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and Feta cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss to blend. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil.
  2. Using clean hands (all rings removed), rub the salad ingredients together for 2 minutes to thoroughly work the oil, vinegar, and seasonings into the greens.
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Oct 15, 2011

This was a great salad! However, I believe the dressing ratios are incorrect. I tried it with 50/50 vinegar to olive oil and would have gagged on vinegar. The olive oil amount has to be doubled in the recipe! Then, it truely is perfect in my opinion. I used leaf lettuce, roma tomatoes, and an English cucumber. I also did about 1/2 the recipe and it did not seem to be a problem. Other than that, I followed the recipe except I didn't add any black pepper because I don't care for it. After we started eating it I realized I forgot to add the garlic! Either way, it was tasty so I guess it was a fine mistake. Plus, I didn't have to worry about garlic breath after dinner. Great simple salad. Try it, just remember to double the olive oil!

Jan 01, 2009

This is an excellent recipe and my favorite salad! We make it with spinach and I do think the rubbing makes the salad even better. We make this salad several times a week. Sometimes I substitute sun-dried tomatoes if I'm out of fresh tomatoes. Definitely give this one a try!

Oct 08, 2007

This was delicious but in all honesty, I don't think the massaging made any difference at all. I made it with an English cucumber that I had peeled strips of skin off with a veggie peeler, and basil and sun-dried tomato feta. Oh, and white balsamic vinegar (LOVE that stuff!). Thanks!

Nov 02, 2011

This was good, but added some artichoke hearts and greek olives to it- I love the taste of balsamic vinegar so the ratio was perfect

Jan 27, 2012

excellent, my husband and i were licking our plates when the salad was all gone! I also did not "rub" the lettuce. I marinated everything except the lettuce for a few hours then poured it over the top of the lettuce as you would a dressing. I would also add that crumbled baked pita chips on top for "croutons" are an amazing addition to this salad!

Oct 05, 2009

Great salad BUT I found it a little bland. I added 2 tbsp of lemon juice and that took care of it. Also a few extra garlic cloves. My husband loved it!

Oct 26, 2009

Great simple and fast salad but, I added a little more garlic and a lot of fresh cracked pepper. It was definitely fun to "rub" it though!

Nov 03, 2011

Loved it! Perfect as is and doesn't need anything else....expect maybe double the recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 139 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 9.9 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 240 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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