The culmination of my daughter’s summer theatre camp involves days of dress rehearsals followed by matinée and evening performances. She absolutely loves it all and it is worth every second, but it was also difficult to prepare and eat dinner during this time. That’s show business, right? 😉
This genius quick, healthy, and filling appetizer turned dinner saved the day the evening of her final performance. The recipe was adapted from Ina Garten via Smitten Kitchen.com. I made my favorite hummus, added arugula, used a peeled CSA cucumber, and substituted red wine vinegar for lemon juice in the dressing. I could eat it all summer long!
- 2 cups prepared hummus
- 2 T olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1 1/2 cups (8 ounces or 225 grams) grape tomatoes, quartered, plus more to taste
- 1 large cucumber, peeled, or multiple small cucumbers, unpeeled, chopped
- 1/4 medium red onion, chopped small, optional
- 1 T red wine vinegar or juice of half a lemon
- 1/4 tsp sumac
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley, or a mix of parsley, mint, and chives, plus more for garnish
- 2 large handfuls baby arugula, to taste
- warm naan or pita, for serving
- Prepare hummus in a food processor.
- Spread hummus on a large plate with the back of a spoon, creating swirls and cavities. Drizzle it lightly with olive oil, just to freshen it up.
- Mix tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, red wine vinegar/lemon juice, about 2 tablespoons olive oil, sumac, plus salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.
- Stir in herbs.
- Top hummus with arugula. Heap salad on top of the arugula. Finish with additional sumac and/or fresh herbs.
- Serve with warm naan or pita wedges.
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