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Biwaz (Parsley and Onion Salad)

If you need a quick side dish or topping in a pinch, you can make this light and delicious onion parsley salad called biwaz. Pair the tart salad with pitas, shawarma, and grilled meat like kabobs.

Biwaz in a serving bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Healthy biwaz is a quick and easy salad for when you need a simple side dish
  • The Lebanese parsley salad is a tasty addition to meat dishes and wraps.

What is a Biwaz Salad?

Biwaz is a Lebanese parsley and onion salad tossed with tangy ground sumac and bright lemon juice for a vibrant side dish or garnish for meals.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Parsley: Parsley adds freshness to the salad and compliments the flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Onion: I prefer red onion, but you can use shallots or white onions.
  • Sumac: Massage sumac into the onions as you do for sumac onions. Ground sumac berries are tart and sweet and provide bright color and flavor. Sumac is a popular Middle Eastern spice found online and in health stores. However, I recommend visiting local Middle Eastern stores to explore. If you don’t have any, use sweet paprika and add extra lemon juice.
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon juice brightens the salad.
  • Olive Oil: Since it is central to the dish, use quality extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Salt: Taste and season the salad with salt.

Additions and Substitutions

How to Make Biwaz

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Add the ingredients to a serving bowl and massage to combine for 2-3 minutes.

All of the ingredients for biwaz in a bowl.

Step 2: Taste and season with ground sumac. Cover and set it aside for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

  • If the raw onion flavor is too strong, soak the onions in cold water for 20 minutes to reduce the intensity. Drain the onions, pat them dry, and continue preparing the salad.

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Biwaz in a serving bowl.

Serving Suggestions

Pair the fresh onion and parsley salad with grilled meat or kabobs such as shish taoouk, Adana kebab tarifi, beef shawarma, grilled tandoori chicken, or beef seekh kabob. Use the salad as a filling for wraps like tantuni or falafel gyro.

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate – Store the leftover salad in an airtight container 3-4 days. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sumac?

Sumac (summāq) means dark red in Arabic, and the name refers to a spice common throughout the Middle East to finish meals like fattoush. It comes from sumac berries, which are dried and ground into a coarse red powder for culinary purposes.

What does sumac taste like?

Like fresh lemons, ground sumac is tart and slightly sweet, making it a perfect way to add acidity to any meal without citrus.

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Biwaz in a serving bowl.

Biwaz

Tressa Jamil
If you need a quick side or topping in a pinch, make a light and delicious onion parsley salad called biwaz. Pair it with wraps, shawarma, and kabobs.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 84 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 3 cups fresh leaf parsley, chopped
  • ½ large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground sumac
  • lemon juice, 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
 
  • Add the ingredients to a serving bowl and massage to combine for 2-3 minutes.
  • Taste and season with ground sumac. Cover and set it aside for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Notes
Expert Tips: 
  • If the raw onion flavor is too strong, soak the onions in cold water for 20 minutes to reduce the intensity. Drain the onions, pat them dry, and continue preparing the salad.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 84 kcal | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Sodium: 317 mg | Potassium: 270 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 3791 IU | Vitamin C: 61 mg | Calcium: 66 mg | Iron: 3 mg
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