Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Middle Eastern Tomato Salad Recipe

Middle Eastern Tomato Salad

This salad would have to be one of my very favorite ways to eat tomatoes when they're fresh and sun-ripened. It's actually very good made with Roma tomatoes since they have less seeds and the flesh is firm, but you can make it with any type of tomatoes.

(4-6 servings, Massoud's recipe)

All amounts are approximate. Feel free to use more or less of some ingredients, depending on your own preferences.


1 cup finely diced cucumber (remove seeds if they are large)
1 cup finely diced tomato
1 cup finely diced onion (I often use sweet Vidalia onion)
1 cup finely chopped parsley (more or less, to taste)
1 cup finely chopped mint (more or less, to taste)
2-3 T olive oil, or more to taste
1-2 T fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
salt, pepper to taste


Chop cucumber in pieces less than 1/2 inch and put in colander. Add a generous amount of salt and let sit while you chop other ingredients. (If the tomatoes are juicy I add them to the cucumbers and let the juice run out.)

Cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions should be cut in same-size pieces, and parsley and mint should be chopped very finely. (You can use a food processor to chop the mint and parsley if you wish.) When all ingredients are chopped, combine in mixing bowl.

Mix in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. (Start with a bit less and add more until it tastes right to you. I find it does not need a great deal of dressing to taste good.) Serve immediately.

Source: Kalyn's Kitchen (a home-cooking blog where she share recipes that show how she is combining her love for delicious food with a commitment to healthy, lower-glycemic eating. 

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