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Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in International, missions, Side Dish | 0 comments

Salatat Khiyar(Algerian Cucumber Salad)

Salatat Khiyar(Algerian Cucumber Salad)

 Lilias Trotter, have you heard of her? I found out about this amazing lady through Noel Piper’s book “Faithful women and their extraordinary God”.

Well before she sailed to be a missionary in Algeria (more on that in my next post).She was a very gifted watercolor artist. She says, “I cannot give myself to painting in the way he [Ruskin] means and continue still to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness“{John Ruskin, the renowned artist of the time, said about her watercolors ‘extremely right minded and careful work’}.She enjoyed her art as a gift not a passion, Noël piper writes in her book.

She had the ministry back home in England, to help create and run places and programs for poor working girls to get meals and sleep. She taught Bible classes and was involved in rescue work. It meant watching over the vulnerable girl in bad situation who might end her life otherwise .Imagine the looks she must have got, at the time of Victorian England to associate with the people who were considered lowest in the society. I am challenged by her audacity to care at the cost of reputation and friendship for the love of Christ. 


Photo:Rita singh ; Content: A passion for the impossible-
Miriam Huffman Rockness,referenced by Noel Piper

You must be thinking why I am talking about Lilias Trotter on a food page? Simply because, I like history and I like to know about the culture. I would also commend the people who made the difference for Christ in the culture and I hope that you do do too.

I served this salad with Algerian chicken dish. I liked the salad however I felt I wanted it to be slightly sweet. I will add a pinch of sugar next time, even though it’s not Algerian.


Salatat Khiyar(Algerian Cucumber Salad)


  1. 1/2 English cucumber sliced
  2. 1/4 Green Bell pepper,fine chopped
  3. 5-6 green olives sliced
  4. 2 tablespoon White wine vinegar
  5. handful of chopped parsley(or cilantro if you have)
  6. 1/4 cup Olive oil
  7. Dash of paprika
  8. salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all the ingredients,let it chill for little bit.
  2. Enjoy with chicken dish.



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