Monday, March 3, 2014

Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad with Sumac

Today is the first of Lent when we commemorate the 40 days of Jesus Christ’s fasting. It’s our time to practice self-discipline, renew our purpose in life, and exercise self-control in regard to our appetites.

With that in mind, The Armenian Kitchen will post recipes for those who wish to avoid meat, fish, dairy products or eggs in the coming weeks.

Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad with Sumac
Today’s Lenten recipe is ...
Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad with Sumac
Yields 2 to 3 servings

Salad Ingredients:

1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
3 Persian cucumbers, or 1 long seedless cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, then into ½ circles
1 small sweet onion (such as Vidalia), thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped parsley

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 to 1 tsp. finely ground sumac (sold in Middle Eastern stores)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice (lime juice may be substituted)
2 to 3 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large bowl, place the salad ingredients.
2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.
3. Pour the dressing onto the vegetables, and toss gently to coat.
Serve immediately.

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