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Old August 13, 2011   #50
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Default Armenian Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Armenian Cucumber and Tomato Salad

(Varoounki yev Loligi Aghtsan)

2 medium cucumbers, peeled, quartered lengthwise (cut out seeds, if too large and discard) and diced
4 medium tomatoes, seeled and cut into small pieces
4 scallions, chopped, including 2 inches of the green tops
¼ cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Crusty bread, thickly sliced

• Combine the cucumbers with the tomatoes, scallions, and mint in a salad bowl.
• Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to the vegetables and toss gently but thoroughly.
• Taste for seasoning and serve at once with the crusty bread for dipping in the salad juices.

This is excellent with fried meatballs, meat loaf, fired or broiled fish, and broiled or roasted poultry and lamb.

Serves 6

Substitute dill or a mixture of basil, coriander, and parsley for the mind and add 1 small green pepper, seeded, deribbed, and chopped.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Apple
Add 1 large, tart apple, cored and diced, and 1 small mild onion, minced, with the vegetables.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Mango and Red Onions
Add 1 large mango, cubed and 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly in rings, with the vegetables.
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