Persian Tomato and Cucumber Salad (Shirazi Salad)
Ripe summer tomatoes shine in this simple salad. To make the dish out of season, try Campari tomatoes (sometimes called cocktail tomatoes), which have a better texture than other varieties in the off seasons. English cucumbers have fewer seeds and thinner skins than the typical garden variety. Even better are smaller Persian cucumbers. If you find them, you'll need 12 ounces. And simply slice them into ½-inch rounds; no need for seeding. The dressing—a combination of lime juice, mint, scallions and garlic—is bracingly fresh and sharp; if you prefer a mellower, slightly richer salad, drizzle in the optional olive oil just before serving.
English cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded, then cut into ½-inch pieces
pounds ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
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