Lebanese Sumac Salad

by kaliestephan

Still perusing through some Armenian recipes and so many of them take quite a while to make. So while I wait for days where I have enough time, today I thought I’d make a simple vegetable salad: Lebanese sumac salad.

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Like the title says, this side dish is seasoned with sumac. If you haven’t had sumac before, it has a bit of a sweet taste as it is made from the sumac berry. Don’t worry – it’s not overly sweet but it adds a little extra flavour and the colour is divine!

Sumac berry. Photo courtesy of Pexels

Prepping your vegetables

Before you begin putting this salad together, I do recommend dicing & chopping up the cucumbers and tomatoes and leaving them rid of any excess moisture. A way to do this is to sprinkle some salt on the vegetables. This will draw out any excess moisture. I usually put them in a colander in the sink.

That first step is not super necessary, in fact if you want to omit it entirely – you can! However once you put the salad together, you may find that some excess water remains in the bottom of the salad bowl. That’s totally fine – but it’s something that annoys me to no end! haha

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What you will need to make Lebanese Sumac Salad:

  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Onion (red preferably)
  • Red & Orange peppers
  • Green onion
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Sumac
  • Chilli powder
  • Salt & pepper
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When making this salad, I like to soak the onions in half the dressing before I add it to the rest of the vegetables. I do this so that the lemon juice might calm any strong onion taste. However using a red onion might be helpful in this situation. I used white onion for this recipe.

In one of the pictures above, I paired it with a delicious roast chicken – you can find that recipe here.

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Lebanese Sumac Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Super simple sumac salad. A hearty vegetable filled side dish perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium peppers - orange, red and yellow
  • 2 packages of cherry tomatoes (1 pack=300g)
  • 6 mini cucumbers
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sumac
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt/pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop the cucumbers and tomatoes and place them into a colander in the sink.
  2. Sprinkle them with salt and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes while you chop the rest of the vegetables.
  3. Cut the onion, place it into a small bowl. Add half the following ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, sumac and chilli powder. Let it sit.
  4. Place the cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, mint and parsley into a large salad bowl.
  5. Add in the onion/sumac mixture.
  6. Finally mix together the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, sumac, chilli powder, salt and pepper.
  7. Add it into the salad bowl and toss!
  8. Enjoy!

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