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Lebanese Rubbed Salad

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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  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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Holiday Baker

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!


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!

Caroline C

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!