Purslane, Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Mint

Purslane is a nutrient-packed green with a bright, lemony flavor and delicate crunch. Many gardeners in the U.S. consider it a weed, but Cypriots use it to make refreshing salads. If it isn't growing in your own yard, try calling a local vegetable farmer, who might be pleased to give some away, or you can order it from melissas.com or chefs-garden.com. Watercress makes a peppery substitute in this simple salad recipe.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
5 cups


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups trimmed purslane or 6 cups trimmed watercress

  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced

  • 1 medium English cucumber or 2 Persian (mini) cucumbers, diced

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint


  1. Whisk oil, vinegar and salt in a large bowl. Add purslane (or watercress), tomatoes, cucumber and mint. Toss to combine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

73 Calories
6g Fat
4g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 73
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 3%
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Vitamin A 991IU 20%
Vitamin C 17mg 18%
Folate 13mcg 3%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 26mg 6%
Potassium 350mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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