Cookbook:Salata Hara (Libyan Spicy Salad)

Salata Hara (Libyan Spicy Salad)
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Salata hara is a vibrant and spicy salad commonly enjoyed in Libyan cuisine. It is known for its bold flavors and fiery kick, making it a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats or as a refreshing side dish. This salad features a combination of fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices, creating a tantalizing blend of flavors.






  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the roasted and chopped red bell peppers, green bell pepper, hot chili pepper, tomato, onion, and garlic.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss well to coat all the ingredients.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. Before serving, garnish the salad with chopped parsley or cilantro.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • Adjust the spiciness of the salad by adding more or less chili peppers according to your preference.
  • For a smoky flavor, you can roast the bell peppers over an open flame or under a broiler until the skin is charred. Then, peel off the skin before chopping.
  • This salad can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a day. Just give it a quick stir before serving to redistribute the flavors.
  • For a milder version, you can remove the seeds and membranes from the hot chili pepper before chopping.
  • Serve the salad chilled for a refreshing and crisp texture.
  • Add diced cucumber or olives for additional crunch and flavor.
  • Sprinkle some sumac or paprika on top of the salad for an extra pop of color and tanginess.