Only slightly more involved than Andreas Viestad's supersimple tomato salad, this version is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine. A sprinkling of toasted cumin seeds ground with salt gives the summery salad a warm depth of flavor. Any leftover cumin salt is terrific on grilled chicken or roasted potatoes.
Food & Wine AUGUST 2009
In a skillet, toast the cumin seeds over moderately high heat until fragrant, 30 seconds; transfer to a mortar and let cool. Add the salt and grind to a coarse powder.
In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the cumin salt over the salad and toss. Serve the salad on a platter.
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