Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Gil's Summer Herb Salad

My friend Gil from Israel sent me this recipe after seeing my blog. I was very intrigued when I saw it and I even printed it out. But, the recipe languished on my desk until I was searching for something else yesterday. Once I found it again, I knew I had to try it and I was so glad I did. This is an amazing salad! The freshness of the Parsley and the pungency of the Dill mix together beautifully with the lemony dressing. The Cherries add some sweetness and some chewiness and the toasted Pine Nuts add just the right soft crunch. Texturally, this herb salad was a delight and it was so delicious that I had to share it with you. Thank you so much Gil!

Gil's Summer Herb Salad

2 cups of loosely packed Parsley Leaves, removed from the stems
1 cup of loosely packed Dill Fronds, removed from the stem
1/2 cup sliced Green Onion tops
1/2 cup Pine Nuts
1/2 cup Tart Dried Cherries, cut into small pieces or Dried Cranberries
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Honey
1clove Garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Salt
pinch of fresh ground Pepper

Wash the Parsley and Dill in a strainer and then put into a salad spinner or rest on paper towels to dry. Place in a bowl and add the Green Onions.

In another small bowl, mix together the Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Honey, Salt and Pepper. Pour over the salad and toss to coat. Let sit for 30 minutes up to 60 minutes.

Toast the Pine Nuts in a frying pan, stirring constantly until they are light golden brown.  Remove to a plate to cool. Sprinkle the pine nuts over the salad to serve.

Five Element Analysis

Parsley, Dill, Garlic and Green Onions all belong to the Metal Element so this is an example of a rare Metal Salad.  The Pine Nuts bring in the Water Element, whereas the Olive Oil and Lemon Juice contribute the Wood Element. Cherries or Cranberries belong to the Fire Element and become even more Fiery when dried so that element is covered.  The Honey brings only a hint of the Earth Element so plan to serve this wonderful salad with another dish that is Earthy to create a balanced meal.


  1. Thanks a lot Lillian for trying it out and publishing it :) As in israel we have less Cherries, we use dried cranberries. I will post it on my new professional page

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  3. Glad you saw it Gil - I love this recipe!