Beit Jirja Salad

Salatit Beit Jirja

Preparation info

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    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

The Gaza Kitchen

By Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

Published 2021

  • About

Salatit Beit Jirja is typical fare from a village—now disappeared—that was just north of the present-day Gaza Strip. For the many refugees in Gaza originally from the Beit Jirja area, this is the basic salad that accompanies most meals.


  • ½ tablespoon dill seeds or ¼ cup (5 grams) fresh green dill, finely chopped


Grind the dill seeds with ½ teaspoon salt in a mortar and pestle until fragrant, or else muddle the fresh dill. Add the garlic, mashing well, followed by the chiles. Crush well.

Add the tomatoes and lemon juice and pound slightly until just incorporated.

Stir in the finely chopped cuc