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Turkish-Style Tomato Salad with Walnuts and Sumac
The salad called gavurdagi salatasi is common to kebab restaurants in Turkey. With tomatoes, walnuts, sumac and pomegranate molasses as the defining flavors, the salad is sweet and tart, with a balanced richness. The ingredients are chopped, sometimes so finely the dish resembles salsa. But we kept this version chunky so the salad is more substantial and satisfying. We also finish it with crumbled halloumi, a semi-hard brined cheese from Cyprus; feta is a fine substitute. Look for pomegranate molasses in the international aisle of the supermarket; sumac may be shelved there, too, or in the spice aisle. This salad is a great side to grilled meats of any kind—especially kababs, or serve it as a light main with crusty bread, pita or lavash.
medium red onion, finely chopped
English cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and roughly chopped
01In a large bowl, combine the onion, cucumber, sumac, Aleppo pepper, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¾ teaspoon black pepper. Using your fingers, massage the seasonings into the vegetables until the onion softens, about 1 minute.
I could use a bit of clarification on the first paragraph of the instructions, or at least, the salt therein. 'Tis written as, '¼ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon each salt and black pepper.' Thanks!