"This is a light, refreshing Middle Eastern salad dressing that has been served at family functions since I was a baby."


20 m servings 291 cals
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Original recipe yields 9 servings



  • Calories:
  • 291 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 27.8 g
  • 43%
  • Carbs:
  • 10.7g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 148 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic. Add the pepper and salt and continue mashing until mixture becomes a thick paste. Transfer to a jar along with the lemon juice and canola oil. Shake well.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, tomatoes and onion. Just before serving, add the cheese and just enough dressing to coat. (There will be extra dressing, but it keeps well.) Toss well.
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  1. 17 Ratings


I followed the recipe to the letter, and it tasted like...oil and some lemon juice. I took a taste and hated it. I threw it out. I was very disappointed, but I guess when you look at the fact th...

This was a really easy recipe to follow. I cannot wait to use it this summer with fresh tomatoes from my garden!

i loved this dressing recipe, i used extra virgin olive oil in place of the canola

Nice and easy salad.... excellent. And to the person who wrote complaining about the dressing... perhaps if you read and followed the directions properly, it would've tasted differently... salt...

I made this salad tonight as our main course - it's over 100 degrees and yeah, I didn't feel like cooking! The salad was very good and refreshing. I loved that there weren't a whole l...

Flip-flop the measurements of oil and lemon juice (and I did), and use any other kind of oil besides canola, for instance olive oil or grapeseed,(and I did - olive oil) and this is a classic, tr...

Salata Haiku: "Well, the salad's good. But the dressing, not so much. Lemon-pucker-mouth!" Made this recipe as directed, reducing the servings to 3 for lunch for me and 1 other person, and we di...

I used reg. tomatoes cut up instead of the cherry tomatoes and it was still great. Light and very delicious! My husband loved this recipe.

This was a big hit at Christmas dinner. I did modify it a bit per some suggestions and also because I thought the amount of lemon juice and oil seemed excessive. I eyeballed it and put about ...