Since it was a potluck, Ian and I decided to bring one of our favorite summer sides. We got a lot of compliments, so I thought I'd share the recipe:
based on a recipe from deb at smitten kitchen
2 med. roma tomatoes, cubed
1 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper, diced
2 1-lb. English cucumbers, cubed
1 med. red onion, diced
1/4 c., plus 2 Tbl., finely minced flat-leaf parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 2 lemons
1/4 c. olive oil
1 Tbl. red wine vinegar
3 tsp. sumac powder (you can get this at Penzeys)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1) Mix tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and onion in a large bowl (preferably one that has a lid for easy storage).
2) In a smaller bowl, whisk parsley, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and sumac powder.
3) Add dressing to salad and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Chill and serve.
This salad can be turned into a yummy dinner by adding shredded chicken or some sort of starch, like bulgur or couscous. Toss in some feta and olives to give it a Mediterranean vibe. Dill and mint are also nice additions.