Spiced Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Spiced Tomato and Cucumber Salad



  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large or 2 medium cucumbers, peeled if desired, seeded and chopped
  • a pound or so of ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • handful of fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon zaatar (essential in Israeli cooking, available at Red Stick Spice)
  • kosher salt to taste, about 1/2 teaspoon


Combine the red onion in a large bowl with the lemon zest and juice, tossing well to marinate onion.

While the onion marinates, chop the cucumbers, tomatoes, and parsley, and add to the bowl.

Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle on the zaatar and season to taste with salt.

Toss together well and adjust the seasoning with more olive oil/zaatar/ salt as desired.

Serve, spooning up lots of dressing with each portion (I like to serve this in teacups).

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