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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

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  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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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