Recipe: Syrian Salad with a Mexican Accent

This refreshing saladcourtesy of Hermosa Hagami, who was born in Mexicomakes an excellent accompaniment to chicken, kebabs, rice dishes... really everything. 

Serves about 6

Photos by Brybs; Petr Kratochvil;; 2happy

Photos by Brybs; Petr Kratochvil;; 2happy


  • 3 large, ripe tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 ½ medium white onions, diced
  • 5 celery stalks, thinly sliced or diced
  • 3 cucumbers, peeled if peel is bitter or waxed, then halved, seeded and cubed
  • 1 fresh green serrano chile, halved, seeded, deveined and very finely minced
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch dried mint


Combine tomatoes, onions, celery, cucumbers and chile in a salad bowl. Add olive oil and lime juice to taste, along with a splash of vinegar. Season with salt, pepper, cumin and mint, and toss again.