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Turkish-Style Tomato Salad with Walnuts and Sumac

25 minutes

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.

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Tip

Don’t use tomatoes that aren’t ripe. Plump, ripe tomatoes make a more succulent, fuller-flavored and brightly colored salad. In non-summer months, we find Campari or cocktail tomatoes to be dependably good. Don’t forget to toast the walnuts and allow them to cool before use. Toasting enhances their flavor, making them taste richer and nuttier. Their texture crisps with cooling.

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