Georgian Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad with Walnut Dressing

(Last Updated On: June 1, 2019)

Dishes from the country of Georgia, which is situated above Turkey between Europe and Asia, tend to be on the heavy side. Fans of comfort food will find plenty to enjoy during a visit to this beautiful Caucasus region of Eurasia.

Georgian tables are often filled with dishes meant to share, such as freshly baked cheese stuffed bread (khachapuri) or plump dumplings with a savory meat filling (khinkali) or platters of skewered meat roasted over an open flame. Beyond meat, cheese and bread, two other ingredients make a popular appearance in Georgian cuisine.

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Georgian Salad

One is the frequent use of walnuts as an ingredient, often finely chopped and blended into the dish. The other is a spice blend, khmeli suneli, fondly referred to as Georgian curry. It is made with blue fenugreek, ground marigold flowers and other spices. You can find it is the international section of some grocery stores, or alternatively use 1/2 teaspoon each of turmeric, ground coriander and blue fenugreek.

Walnuts and khuni suneli both make an appearance in this deceptively simple Georgian salad. This refreshing dish is a welcome addition to a Georgian feast, which is always accompanied by a nice bottle (or jug) of Georgian wine.  

Yield up to 4 appetizer size salads

Georgian Tomato Cucumber and Onion Salad with Walnut Dressing

Georgian Tomato Cucumber and Onion Salad with Walnut Dressing

Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Walnut Dressing from the Country of Georgia

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash and chop the tomatoes, cucumber and onions and arrange them in a bowl.
  2. Place the dry spices, cilantro, parsley, water, walnuts, garlic and vinegar in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. The mixture should form a paste that can be slowly poured. Add more water if needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Seed the jalapeno and cut it into small rings (omit to avoid the spice, add more to kick up the heat).
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and garnish with a few sprigs of fresh parsley, cilantro, purple basil and jalapeno rings. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per ServingCalories 126 Total Fat 9g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 7g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 83mg Carbohydrates 10g Fiber 3g Sugar 4g Protein 4g
Visit our guide to Georgian Cuisine for more recipes and ideas for making a full Georgian feast at home.

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