Indian-Style Tomato Salad

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I was originally going to make a tomato soup for this month's No Croutons Required, but eager for Spring, I decided to make this fresh and spicy Indian-style Tomato Salad instead. If only eating salads could bring about a quick change in the weather.

Holler has added a fun twist to the challenge this month. It was her birthday earlier in the month, so for this special birthday edition, Holler has asked participants to come up with a birthday menu that includes their entry for April. I would love to cook a special meal for Holler, but as she lives on the other side of the globe, this hasn't yet been possible, though it was fun thinking up a special dinner for my treasured friend. Maybe someday I'll get to cook for Holler.

Without further ado, here is my birthday menu.

Every special gathering calls out for appetizers, so for starters, I would serve Olive Tapenade,
Wild Mushroom Tapas Served on Crusty Bread with Goat's Cheese and
Whole Meal Biscuits

For the first course, my Indian-Style Tomato Salad and
Vegetarian Mulligatawny Soup

For the main component of the meal, Mushroom Pulao Rice,
Mung Beans with Paneer Cheese and
Paratha with Sweet Potato and Potato Filling

And for dessert, Frozen Mango Lime Lassi,
Jalapeno Cheddar Shortbread and
Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares

Of course, the entire meal is served with some robust red wine.
Indian-Style Tomato Salad

For the salad:

3 medium-large tomatoes, chopped into chunks
1/2 cup of corn kernels
2-3 jalapeno peppers, sliced into strips
1/4 cup of fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

For the dressing:

1 shallot, sliced into strips
1/2 - 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, sliced into very thin strips
juice from one lime
1/4 cup of olive oil
a splash of balsamic vinegar
2/3 teaspoon of chat masala
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Combine the ingredients for the salad in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Pour over the salad and toss.

Serves 4 as a side dish.

More salad's from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Cannellini Bean and Grape Tomato Salad with Lemon Dressing and Rosemary-Garlic Infused Olive Oil
Greek Salad
Kidney Bean Salad


A_and_N said...

That looks very refreshing Lisa. I think I'll have that with a dollop of the Olive Tapenede on top ;)

Dawn said...

I hate to sound like everyone else, damn this looks so good!

Ricki said...

This looks so colorful and fresh--a real burst of spring! And your menu sounds amazing. You know, I don't live that far from London. . . ;)

Lisa said...

I trust you would bring dessert Ricki :)

Johanna said...

This looks lovely - and your menu sounds so full of interesting flavours and tempting dishes

Suparna said...

Wow Lisa,tasty looking colourful salad.
Thanks for visiting my blog. hope to c u more often.
Have a great weekend!

Ann said...

Great refreshing salad there..

Sippity Sup said...

Beautiful salad. You do do MANY great tomato dishes. I was hoping you might enter one in my TomatoMania contest. 6 winners will have thousands of recipe cards printed up as handouts at the LA Garden Show in May. I particularly love your tomato soup with polenta croutons! GREG

eatme_delicious said...

Yum what a fresh looking salad! The big (big to me!) slices of pepper kind of scare me though haha. And can I come to that dinner?? Sounds so good.

Soma said...

Can I join the party? Love your use of ginger in the dressing. I do that quite often, love the zing!! oh yes! bring those mushrooms...had mushroom raviolis today (Thanks to foodbuzz's free sample!)

Lucy said...

Gorgeous party dish.

Lisa, I love the new blog banner.

Hope you get some real warmth, and soon.

Bellini Valli said...

This choice of menu would make an amazing meal Lisa for all occasions. This rminds me I need to get on with making my dish.

Madhumathi said...

What a colorful and healthy salad!
i love the dressing :)

Lisa said...

Thanks for noticing the new banner Lucy. I'm still working on warmth. Rain and cool temperatures prevail.

Holler said...

Nice menu Lisa. Thank you sweetie!

rozy said...

its luking yummy nd i also like tomato in salad