Libyan Salad (Salata Arabiya bil Tufah Albaladi)


Libyan salad is a typical Arab style salad but with the lovely addition of apples.Crab apples grow wild in some parts of Libya and are the inspiration for this salad.  It is made with fresh tomatoes, grated cucumber, olives and apples.  It also has some onion, parsley and cilantro.  This salad is often served as a meal by adding a can of tuna to it.  The dressing is made with the pulp of the tomato, some lemon, salt and olive oil  for a lovely dressing. We enjoyed it with a bit of Libyan bread called khubzit howsh which is very similar to a pita bread with a pocket.


Libyan Salad (Salata Arabiya bil Tufah Albaladi)


Prep time: 15 mins

Total time: 15 mins

Serves: 4



  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 crab apple diced (I used a granny smith)
  • ½ medium onion or 2 spring onions chopped
  • ½ cup parsley and cilantro combined
  • ½ cup grated cucumbers
  • For the dressing:
  • 3 tomato pulps
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and lemon juice to taste


For garnish:

  • ¼ cup pitted black olives
  • extra apple slices
  • 1 can of tuna (Optional)



Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze the pulp out into a bowl.

Dice the tomatoes.

Peel, core and dice the apple but save a few slices to garnish with.

Dice the onion or chop the spring onion.

Chop the fresh parsley and cilantro.

Grate the cucumbers.

Combine the ingredients with all the ingredients together in a bowl other than the pulp.

Using the bowl that the tomato pulp is in, add in the olive oil, salt and lemon juice to taste. Whisk all together and pour over the salad. Or serve the dressing on the side

Garnish with the olives and apple slices and can of tuna if using.

Enjoy with some Libyan bread!


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