Yaakov is on his way back to Eretz Canaan after living in his uncle Laban’s tents for 20 years. He has amassed wives, children and material wealth. He hopes to reconcile with his brother after all of these years. Sadly he is told that his brother is headed toward him with hundreds of men on a warpath. Yaakov does all he can to prevent this, he davens, he prepares for war if he must, he prepares gifts for Esav and sends his family across the river Jabbok to protect them. While he sleeps he is visited by Esav’s malech (angel) and Yaakov wrestles with this malech all thru the night. During his struggles his hip is injured but in the end he wins. The angel imparts a new name on him. He calls him Yisroel, meaning “he who prevails over the divine.” As I was preparing a recipe for this week’s parsha salad it this stood out as the first thing I remembered about the parsha before I actually read it again. So in that merit this week the parsha salad will be my take on the humble but delicious Israeli Salad.
Israeli Salad ala Shoshana
2 large hothouse cucumbers seeded and cut into ¼ inch dice
4 medium roma tomatoes seeded and diced
1 medium red onion diced
1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
3 or 4 depending on the size Israeli pickles diced
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
juice from 1 large lemon
½ cup olive oil
1 or 2 teaspoons onion powder
salt & pepper
Mix all of the chopped veggies in a bowl. Add herbs and seasonings. Add lemon juice & olive oil. Mix well. Serve at room temperature. You can change the veggies you use but keep the cucumbers and tomatoes as your base, see what you like. Also lime juice in place of the lemon juice is a nice change as well.
Hi, I'm Chef Shoshana. I have been cooking as long as I can remember starting out in both of my grandmothers kitchens learning by observing and practice. Over the years I have cooked my way through all of life's moments; cooking for family, friends, and clients. For me cooking has always been an expression of caring and love. Each meal I prepare is a reflection of that. When I cook for a client I want them to feel as if the meal was made by a loved one especially for them. The blog section of my website is where you will find recipes & anecdotes from my daily experiences in the kitchen with both clients and family. I hope you enjoy!