This salata dakwa recipe from Saba Alemayoh’s book Tekebash & Saba: Recipes from the Horn of Africa (£22, Murdoch Books).

This is a recipe that Saba shared as part of her guide to Ethiopian cuisine. Check it out to learn about the rich flavours of East Africa, including recipes for dilik (chilli paste) and dorho sebhi.


  • 2 tomatoes, diced into 1cm cubes
  • 1 cucumber, peeled or skin left on, diced into 1cm cubes
  • 200g mixed leaf salad, finely shredded
  • ½ green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped


  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1½ tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


  • STEP 1

    Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl with 2 tbsp of water until it has a mayonnaise-like consistency. Season with salt.

  • STEP 2

    Combine the salad ingredients, add the dressing and mix well to serve.


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