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Middle Eastern-Style Tomato and Cucumber Panzanella Recipe

The tomatoes and pomegranate molasses add a sweetness to this Middle Eastern-inspired summer salad.

Serves 4 Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients

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  • 1 red onion, finely sliced 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tsp caster sugar 
  • 1 tsp pomegranate molasses 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 400g cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 1 cucumber, quartered lengthways, then cut into 2cm chunks
  • 115g ciabatta, halved lengthways (we used M&S’s 2 Half Ciabatta) 
  • small bunch of dill, leaves chopped, stalks finely chopped 
  • small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped, stalks finely chopped 
  • 1 tbsp sumac 
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix the onion in a bowl with the vinegar, sugar, pomegranate molasses and 1/2 tsp salt. Scrunch together using your hands, until the onion starts to soften. Set aside. 
  2. Toss the tomatoes and cucumber in a large mixing bowl with the remaining salt and a generous grind of black pepper. 
  3. Grill or barbecue the ciabatta for a couple of mins each side, until dark char marks form. Tear into chunks and stir into the tomato and cucumber mix. Add the herbs, sumac and olive oil. Drain the onions and add these too. Stir to combine. 
  4. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes before serving, to allow the bread to take on the flavours from the other ingredients. 

Three simple ways you can adapt this recipe:

Combine with barbecued halloumi

Soak 225g halloumi in cold water for 1 hour (this prevents it from burning and turning rubbery soon after it’s cooked). Cut the halloumi into 6 slices and barbecue or griddle for a few minutes each side until char marks form. Roughly chop into bite-sized pieces, then stir into the panzanella with 75g chopped pitted black olives.

Make it tangy

 For extra fruitiness and a peppery punch, add 100g rocket and the seeds from half a pomegranate. Crumble in 100g feta to finish.

Make it go further

Add a 250g pouch of cooked mixed grains for a more substantial salad.


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