Here is the most popular salad among the children in my family, Saba Zion’s Salad. “Saba” means grandfather in Hebrew. My father, who is a brilliant cook and a master of seasoning, managed to make his grandchildren fall in love with raw vegetables.
It’s a marvelous sight to see a bunch of kids attacking a bowl of salad full of unusual vegetables as if it were a cookie jar. Then, after they gobble it up, they fight over the juice left in the bowl. The lemon in this salad plays a major role. Not only does it add lots of zesty, yummy flavor, it also pickles the vegetables a bit, softening them and giving them extra flavor. So if you don’t have a good lemon on hand, don’t bother to make this salad.
When Leo’s friends ask him what is so good about this salad, he says, “It’s sour and crunchy and awesome, all at the same time.”
My father prepares it with many different kinds of vegetables – bell peppers, cucumbers, fennel, kohlrabi, carrots, celery, radishes, cauliflower, turnips – but it can also be made with just one or two. I usually make it with fennel, kohlrabi and radishes. I also pack a small portion in a container or a zip-lock and add it to their lunch boxes as a snack or a side to the sandwich. It makes a great snack! Continue reading