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Salata - Afghan Salad

5 min


10 ingredients or less

One-bowl / one-pot

This simple salad is one I grew up with. It's so simple, and delicious to enjoy alongside rice, banjan (an Afghani eggplant dish), or curry.


(1 cup per serving)


5 min


5 min

Free from

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  • 2
    medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ½
    cucumber, finely chopped
  • ½
    small red onion, finely chopped
  • ½
    lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried mint leaves (optional)
  • ¼ tsp

Serves well with


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl, toss, and enjoy!


  • The salata is best enjoyed immediately, as the salt causes the tomato and cucumber to release their water content rather quickly.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container stored in the fridge for up to 1 day.

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Leo - Feb. 23, 2024, 9:16 p.m.

So refreshing :) loved it

Shayda Abidi - Feb. 7, 2024, 3:59 a.m.

Side dish of my childhood!

Thank you!

Aurora - Dec. 1, 2023, 11:56 a.m.

Hi, did you remove the lentils and rice recipe that's on the background in these pictures? I can't seem to find it anymore and I really loved it. Thanks for your help

PUL Team - Dec. 2, 2023, 2:59 a.m.

Hey Aurora, the rice dish in the background is called Ada Polow, but it's a recipe we've never published. We plan to make it again and hope to share the recipe sometime at the start of next year. In the meantime, perhaps the recipe you've seen is the Kitchiri - Herati Afghan Rice recipe. You can find it here:… 😊 I hope this helps!

Aurora - Dec. 3, 2023, 8:06 p.m.

Thank you for the reply, I wasn't sure where to ask, feel free to delete my comments afterwards if you want ;) So maybe what happened was that I made the Kitchiri-Herati recipe with lentils instead of mung beans then! I'll give that a try but I'll also look forward to the Ada Polow recipe because it looks amazing! Thank you so much for all your incredible recipes and heart-warming online presence <3

Laura - Aug. 16, 2023, 1:16 p.m.

Simple and easy 🥰 just love it with a generous amount of high quality olive oil ☺️

Yvonne Chadburn - Aug. 9, 2023, 7:51 p.m.

Just made Salazar Salad and it was absolutely delicious,I put in chopped fresh mint instead of dried,we had it with marinated lamb and couscous,a big hit!!!

V. K Y - July 26, 2023, 9:39 p.m.

Super fresh !

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Andie - July 4, 2023, 2:39 p.m.

Suuuuper good!

sara brockhuis - July 2, 2023, 1:29 a.m.

Dhruvi C - June 26, 2023, 11:28 p.m.

I make this salata all the time! It is my go-to side salad, and it genuinely pairs so well with so many different meals. I really appreciate this simple but tasty recipe!

PUL Team - June 27, 2023, 6:54 a.m.

Awe we're so thrilled to hear, Dhruvi, thanks so much 🤗

Martunia - May 31, 2023, 8:18 p.m.

Simple and tasty. I had it with gulpea for lunch today.

Dimitri Vouliouris - May 24, 2023, 3:28 p.m.

This is one of the most satisfying recipes we have adopted lately. Wonderfully simple, fresh and somehow, despite the awesome quantities of olive-oil, still not "heavy".
Thank you for your clear calm directions and your expert delivery... that is half the pleasure. My wife loves it even more than I do. Personally I am thinking of introducing a bit of minced meat to create a kind of "mousaka-salad"... (yes, I know... sacrilege ! )

Wally - May 22, 2023, 3:26 p.m.

From Afghanistan to Morocco salata is salata. It is amazing this little side so lite and fresh is so endearing. It is late spring or early summer. My wife would say how good are you knife skills small pieces we are from Fez. Than she would make these works of art with romaine lettuce dotted with black olives no dressing until you are ready to eat. Putting a sprinkle of salt comes with warning to eat now or it will turn to mush. As an American I used it as topping on rice ergo my new favorite word fusion. The ingredients are simple smaller cut pieces are better but the combination is amazing.

PUL Team - May 22, 2023, 7:50 p.m.

Awe, Wally, we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with the recipe so much! Wishing you an abundance of health and happiness 💛

Sonia - Feb. 9, 2023, 11:03 p.m.

Who knew something so simple could taste SO refreshing and delicious! I eat this all the time alongside rice or sauces to add some freshness to the dish.

Dustin - Jan. 26, 2023, 5:58 a.m.

My mother and I eat this all the time! One of our favorite light lunch dishes. Incredibly refreshing on a hot day and feels amazingly healthy in the body.

PUL Team - Jan. 26, 2023, 6:15 a.m.

Awe so happy to hear, Dustin, thank you!

Ashby - Aug. 31, 2022, 12:27 p.m.

lovely and simple, I put some in a tortilla too

Lori FM - Feb. 8, 2022, 4:57 p.m.

My goodness! This was so simple, and so delicious! (I did add diced red radish.) It was hard to believe in it's simplicity, but I am glad I tried it, and will definitely be adding this to our table on a regular basis.

PUL Team - Feb. 8, 2022, 11:43 p.m.

Mmm love the addition of diced red radish, Lori FM, thank you :)

Olivia - Feb. 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

I literally could not believe how incredibly delicious this salad turned out and will definitely be making over and over again!! My guests agreed and this was the first thing we ran out of. It is so simple and so delicious!!!

PUL Team - Feb. 6, 2022, 10:01 p.m.

Woop woop! We're smiling from ear to ear, Olivia - thanks a bunch 😊

Shreya Prakash - Dec. 24, 2021, 4:42 a.m.

This is such a simple, wholesome and nutritious recipe. I am from India, and i think afghan food is so similar to our food! Thank you for sharing this, I ma definitely going to try it! 😃

PUL Team - Dec. 24, 2021, 5:46 a.m.

We hope you enjoy it, Shreya, and sending an abundance of love to India ✨😍

Jenniffer - Dec. 13, 2021, 9:57 a.m.

I'm so happy I discovered your website! This salad is fantastic, the taste is amazing and is so simple to make! My kids love it so much that they ask me to make this all the time. I made two additions, a bit of olive oil and a few crumbles of vegan cheese on top. Thank you so much for posting all these delicious recipes!

PUL Team - Dec. 14, 2021, 4:21 a.m.

Aw we're so happy to have you in the PUL community, Jenniffer! Hugs to you and the kiddos 🤗

Clara - Dec. 5, 2021, 2:19 p.m.

Love this salad a lot, the veggies go really well with the spices and herbs ! I added it as a side dish to some of the other Afghan recipes and it was so good ! :)

PUL Team - Dec. 5, 2021, 5:50 p.m.

So happy the salad and other dishes were enjoyed, Clara!

Izza - Oct. 28, 2021, 12:34 p.m.

There is a persian sallad that is exactly identical! :D

Madeline Kalu - Sept. 10, 2021, 9:25 p.m.

I made this tonight and it was easy, tasty, and soo fresh! A lovely side dish, especially for this time of the year! Thank you PUL team for the chance to try recipes from Afghanistan - you are spreading love and tolerance through people's kitchens for this beautiful country.

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 3:41 a.m.

Hi Madeline! This means so much more than we can express. We're so glad the recipes are meaningful to others as well ✨🥰

Madeline - Sept. 12, 2021, 9:16 p.m.

They really are! Thanks again!

Natalia - Sept. 9, 2021, 10:57 p.m.

Love it! But couldn't resist adding a little bit of extra-virgin olive oil!

Charlotte - Sept. 9, 2021, 9:41 p.m.

Delicious and simple with the dried mint, lime juice and salt being all that you need to enhance the flavour of the other salad components. Such a great accompaniment to many dishes! My boyfriend even ate it all and he doesn't usually eat much cucumber. 🙌🏻❤

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 3:01 a.m.

Aw we appreciate this so much, Charlotte! So glad you and your boyfriend enjoyed the salad 🙂

JoAnn - Sept. 8, 2021, 2:29 a.m.

Super simple and delicious and can be paired with salad greens, lentils! Yum