Sassool Cafe Root Salad

A surprisingly sweet root salad with a flavor (and color) pop. The colorful and flavorful combination is pretty to look at but even more vibrant on your taste buds.

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Sassool Root Salad

Just because I operate in integrity, I am letting you know that this post is filled with my true, honest opinion and experience at Sassool Mediterranean Cafe.  Out of the kindness of their hearts, lunch was provided at no charge.   A special Thank You to the family for welcoming me to their place!

My husband and I often talk about legacy and working to leave the kids something.

I think far too often today we as a people get caught up in giving our kids immediate gratification and don’t think about the long term.

A few days ago I had the opportunity to visit and tour Sassool Mediterranean Cafe here in Raleigh. It’s a cross between fast food and casual dining in a cafe that offers a twist on traditional Mediterranean foods produced from their very own family recipes and traditions.

While their food is pretty darn good, being the person I am, I was actually truly wrapped up in the story tied to the cafe as well.

Sassool was introduced to the triangle area in 2014 when Mounir Saleh branched out from the family business and long-standing community staple, Neomande Restaurants and Artisan Bakery.

The cafe is named after the Saleh brother’s mother Cecilia, who is nicknamed Cecilia.

I had the chance to meet and chat with Noelle, daughter of Mounir, who runs and operates the Raleigh location. There is also a location in Cary run by her sister, and there will soon be a part of the upcoming Morgan street Market. With a “Sassool Express” concept.

Noelle and I
2 ladies talking in Sassool Raleigh location
Noelle of Sassool and my friend Niki from Single Bubble Pop

But one thing that I got in reading about the history of the restaurant and then talking with Noelle is that legacy and family are very important to this family. And not just their family, but yours too.

When I asked Noelle if the restaurant staff was made up of members of her family, she responded and said, “her family is still very much a part of the business, but they also have staff who have multiple members of other families. Noting that there are people who have been there for YEARS!”

I also had the chance to meet Mounir and one of his brothers briefly. Greeted with smiles and kind words, I could tell they still had the passion for the business I imagine they had when they got started. And in speaking with Noelle, they have passed that on to younger generations of their family.

That’s legacy. And it’s truly a legacy of love as Sassool is noted as being dedicated to Cecilia and her love and special care for cooking good food.

After having the chance to meet Noelle and her dad and being so welcomed, shoot I’m practically family too now. And if you don’t believe me, I have a recipe here straight from Sassool’s kitchen to share with you.

Now would I have that if I wasn’t family?

Anyhoo, here’s the Root Salad recipe straight from Sassool that you can prepare and enjoy with your own family and be inducted into the Sassool family just like me.

I hope you enjoy!

root salad, chicken and potatoes in lemon garlic Sauce and Quinoa salad from Sassool Cafe
I had the Root salad, Chicken and Potatoes in Lemon Garlic Sauce and Quinoa Salad from Sassool Cafe.

Sassool Root Salad

Sassool Cafe Root Salad Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A surprisingly sweet root salad with a flavor (and color) pop. The colorful and flavorful combination is pretty to look at but even more vibrant on your taste buds.


  • 2 cups carrots, julienned
  • 2 cups beets, julienned
  • ¼ bunch cilantro
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Peel the raw carrots and beets. Chop into matchstick size pieces and set aside separately until ready to mix the salad.
  2. Remove the bottom of the cilantro bunch and rough chop.
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the carrots, beets, cilantro, and walnuts.
  4. Pour the olive oil, pomegranate molasses and vinegar in a circular motion to cover each section of the root salad.
  5. Sprinkle the salt and black pepper over the entire mixing bowls and mix with hands (using gloves)
  6. Taste before serving.


This is an original recipe of Sassool Mediterranean Restaurant located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It has been published with permission.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 272mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

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Sassool menu has an extensive selection of flavor packed items.

Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus, Orzo Pasta Salad, and Veggie Kibbeh from Sassool Cafe
Niki had the Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus, Orzo Pasta Salad, and Veggie Kibbeh.

…and did I mention there is fresh Pita Bread baked in-house?!?!?!


fresh made pita bread in the fire oven at Sassool cafe North Rlaeigh

The cafe also offers a market filled with ingredients found in their own recipes, baked goods, and other specialty items.

If you are in the Raleigh area and interested in checking out Sassool, they have two locations:
Sassool (North Raleigh)
9650 Strickland Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615


Sassool (Cary)
1347 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27511

Interested in making the Sassool Root Salad Recipe? Pin it for later to enjoy at your next family meal gathering.

Do you enjoy Mediterranean cuisine? Comment below and tell me what’s some of your favorites so I know what to try next?

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  1. Thanks so much for posting. I love this restaurant and this particular salad is a favorite. I made it for company and they loved it! Love the insights about the family and their business – thank you!

  2. Hello, we were visiting our daughter in Cary for the week from Chicago and carried out food from Sassool two times! Loved everything and especially the sweet potato side and the super salad. Will you please share those recipes. I will be dreaming of your food when we go home! Thank you!

  3. Hi Kenya!! I visited Sassool today for the first time! It was amazing and I happened to get the autumn root salad and
    liked it sooo much, purchased some to bring
    home. Thank you for sharing the recipe so I can make it anytime. Quick question though, where did you find the pomegranate molasses?

  4. Thank you SO much for posting this recipe!! I am eating this salad right now, and decided to try my luck in finding the recipe – and, to my surprise, I did! It’s phenomenal. And the Mediterranean chicken salad is another recipe that needs to be out there 🙂

  5. I was so excited to find this recipe! My 3 year old and I love this root salad. I am going to make it this weekend. Thanks so much!

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