Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ezme Salatasi - Turkish Tomato Salad

After my two previous salad posts I decided to go for a third one.This time its a simple Turkish tomato salad I have found on Fat Free Vegan.The recipe is typical Mediterranean and is similar to Greek Horiatiki salad and this version I have used makes use of tomato juice/V-8 juice along with a vinegar dressing.

Ingredients:
Tomatoes: 2 -3 big ,deseeded and chopped
Cucumber: 1 medium peeled and chopped
Bell pepper (any colour): 1 medium chopped
Onion: 1 small diced

Garlic :2 cloves crushed/minced
Fresh Parsley: 1/4 cup +

Lemon Juice: 2 tbsp +
Red Wine Vinegar: 1 tbsp +
Tomato Juice: 4 tbsp +

Black Pepper
Paprika
Cumin Powder

Salt(optional) :I did not use

Preparation:
Dice the tomatoes,cucumber,onion and pepper into bite size pieces and add to a big bowl.Add crushed garlic and chopped parsley and spices and the liquid ingredients to this and mix well.Serve.


You can serve immediately but on sitting the flavours blend in and the salad becomes more perfect.You can adjust the spices and can avoid salt if you tomato /V8 juice is salty.Simple but spicey salad this is and the parsley adds to the flavour.I always reduce the amount of parsley as I find it sharper in taste than cilantro,but this is one dish that I like more parsley.Also the salad can be served as a filling in pita bread or with rice crackers/tortilla chips .I served it with a simple sago pappad.

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