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2008 Original: By the middle of August, there's simply no need to cook. We can if we want, but why? when we can just collect some vegetables, then wash, chop and devour.
This easy salad made for a great light supper. What makes it special is the dressing: nutty with the sesame seeds in the tahini and bright with lemon. The recipe made far more dressing than needed for the salad, a real benefit at it turns out. When the dressing was puréed with a can of chickpeas, voila, a terrific hummus, one of my favorites in a long while. I slathered this onto flatbread (you must-must check my recipe for Quick Crisp Flatbread, it's the summer's obsession!) and it was just perfect alongside.
2012 Update: This is one of those salads you just can't get enough of when the summer's best vegetables are at their fresh peak. Gorgeous!
"Loved this salad!" ~ seashell
Time to table: 30 minutes
LEMON TAHINI DRESSING
(Makes 2/3 cup - only about 2 tablespoons is needed for the salad)
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 2 lemons (about 4 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup tahini
Salt & pepper to taste
Whisk together all ingredients.
2 large good summer tomatoes, chopped
1/2 a large cucumber, peeled if needed (see TIPS) and chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
5 green onions, chopped
2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
Combine the salad ingredients. Just before serving, toss with about 2 tablespoons of the dressing.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
Make only as much as can be eaten on the spot, the salad doesn't improve.
I've started buying regular cucumbers because they're fresher (grown locally) and cheaper ($.59 vs $1.50 - $2.00 for my go-to cucumber, the English hothouse cucumber that's long and thin). But the skins are also tougher, so I usually peel the skins off first.
If you like, mix the leftover dressing with a can of drained chickpeas in the food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and call it very good homemade hummus!
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~ Greek Bread Salad with Toasted Pita Chips ~
~ Classic Seven Layer Salad ~
~ more tomato recipes ~
from A Veggie Venture
~ Favorite Summer Salad Recipes ~
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from Kitchen Parade, my food column