This is the simplest of salads: a market fresh cucumber, a handful of ripe tomatoes and a few slivers of sweet onion. A sprinkling of za’atar, the sumac-sesame-herb seasoning, adds big flavor.
Cucumber Tomato Salad with Za’atar Recipe
1 large slicing cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons za’atar seasoning
In a bowl combine cucumber, tomato and onion. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle with za’atar; stir to coat. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Taste and season with additional za’atar or sea salt, if desired.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups salad
Tip: If you use an English cucumber, there is no need to peel or seed. I used a slicing cucumber with thick skin and large seeds, so opted to remove both.