Today I want to share with you the recipe for a Middle Eastern inspired salad. I have just recently begun to explore what I call “the amazing world of salads”. It is amazing indeed. Growing up, salad was always lettuce (or tomatoes) dressed with vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and salt. Nothing wrong with that, but it can get a little boring. I had some of my home-made labneh in the fridge and some mixed tomatoes… that’s how this salad was born. Fresh mint gives the dish a refreshing touch, but what I like the most is the labneh, which is so creamy and when it mixes with the dressing it results in perfection! A couple of words about the dressing itself. I wanted to keep playing with the Middle Eastern theme, but it’s a very simple dressing. Nonetheless there are 2 key ingredients in it: pomegranate juice and za’atar, a delicious Middle Eastern spice/herb mix. This salad is so good that it will have you craving for more, so be prepared! Enjoy!
Tomato and Labneh Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
The recipe for a delicious and refreshing Middle Eastern dish: Tomato and Labneh Salad with Pomegranate Dressing.
- 3 tbsp pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ¾ tbsp. honey
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- ½ tbsp. za’atar
- 500 gms mixed small sized tomatoes I used Sweet Solano and Kumato, halved
- 100 gms labneh I used my own – click here for the recipe
- 1/3 cup fresh mint shredded
- 2 spring onions sliced
- 4 tbsp pomegranate arils
I love the middle eastern flavours in this. I also grew up with salad just being lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber and love making more interesting ones now.