This is a traditional salad that you’ll find on any Palestinian mezzeh spread. It is a standard Arabic salad of uniformly small chopped cucumber and tomatoes, with a tahini lemon dressing.
Salata Tahini – Salad with Tahini Dressing
1 tomato, chopped into small pieces
1 mini cucumber, chopped into small pieces
3 tablespoons tahini
juice of half a lemon
1/3 clove garlic, mashed to a paste (optional)
Salt to taste
Put tomatoes and cucumbers in a small bowl.
Make tahini dressing: put tahini in small bowl. Add lemon juice and garlic (if using). Combine until you have a thick paste the consistency of peanut butter. Add 1/4 cup of water. You can use less if you’d like a thicker dressing. Stir to blend completely smooth and pour over tomato and cucumber.
Combine gently and serve in small individual bowls.
My suggestion is to completely combine the dressing with the salad and taste it before adding any salt. The lemon and tahini flavors will decrease the amount of salt needed.