This is a perfect summertime salad inspired by the hot and dry summers in the Xinjiang province of China. It reminds me of a shirazi salad, which isn’t surprising given Xinjiang’s location along the Silk Road. The dressing for this salad is a simple mixture of fresh herbs and some salt. Enjoy this cooling salad on its own or pair it with grilled Uighur lamb kebabs!
Recipe adapted from Beyond the Great Wall
- 1 lb of ripe tomatoes (get them on the vine)
- 4-5 Persian cucumbers or an English cucumber
- 1/2 lb of daikon radish, peeled, or red radishes
- 2 tbsps of minced scallions
- 1/3 cup of packed minced herbs: dill, cilantro, parsley, mint, or any mixture of these that you like
- a couple pinches of kosher or sea salt
Chop the tomatoes into a small dice and place in a bowl. Dice the cucumbers and radishes into the same size and add them to the tomatoes.
Add the minced scallions and assortment of minced herbs.
Add some salt and toss together. Enjoy immediately!
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