Lebanese Shankleesh Salad

I ate this last week at a Lebanese restaurant and was blown away by how tasty it was. This salad is traditionally a breakfast dish which includes cheese called Shankleesh, a delicious soft, crumbly ball infused with a mild chilli and rolled in dried thyme or zaatar. The taste is quite unique but somewhat similar to Feta, so if you can’t get hold of shankleesh then you could substitute. It’s very simple to assemble and can be part of a mezze platter or as an accompaniment to meat or fish, but to my mind it’s services are best put to use at breakfast time.

125g Shankleesh Cheese
1 tomato (peeled and 1cm diced)
1/2 medium onion (1cm dice)
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Crumble the cheese in one layer onto a large plate. Sprinkle the onion evenly, then the tomato. Grind over the black pepper then drizzle generously with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with the lemon juice then serve.

Serve with plenty of lebanese flatbreads to scoop up the salad with your fingers.

  • Habiba

    A dear man I used to know loved this dish and I am gonna learn it. It sounds so tasty. Thanks for the recipe.

  • afife Harris

    I love this salad .I am Lebanese .
    I want to ask you where I can find Saja to make saf bread . I live in New Zealad.

  • gingerplum

    A local restaurant I love serves a fresh mint and tomato omelet, with calamata olives and shankleesh on the side. I make it at home now, buying the shankleesh at a falafel shop that has a tiny grocery in the back.

    • admin

      Tomato and mint omelette. That sounds delicious – perfect with shankleesh.

      I must get out to my nearest little Lebanese shop soon and get some more.

  • whatyouhavingforyourtea

    It’s one of my favourites too. I love it in the morning as a breakfast dish – with some flat bread and a cup of coffee.


  • l2ma

    This salad is one of my favourites and you prepear it the exact way my mom does ..

    I like your site 🙂

    keep on

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