I want to remember this recipe because it was so light, bright and delicious. The recipe came from a Try the World Box. Remember it with me!
The addition of Sumac made this otherwise plain Tilapia Fish Sandwich, Turkish. Although it was included in the box, you can get Sumac in any Middle Eastern or South Asian grocery store. The spice looks red but instead of heat, it imparts a lemony brightness to dishes.
I am not a big raw onion fan, however, this “salad” was so flavorful and versatile that it’s worth keeping in mind for any grilled meats or sandwiches. Here is my variation of the recipe (I didn’t have the kind of vinegar or herb called for in the original recipe):
Turkish Red Onion Salad
2 red onions thinly sliced
1 medium cubed tomato
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon good extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vinegar (whichever kind you prefer)
2 teaspoons Sumac
Mix in a bowl and let sit. Serve with your grilled or fried, fish or chicken.
The lemon and vinegar tempers the onion and adds brightness. The sumac amplifies the brightness with an almost floral note. Combined with the mayonnaise on the toasted baguette and flaky fish it made a worthy and fancy fish sandwich.
Dear vegetarian friends, I bet it would be tasty on a grilled eggplant sandwich too.
Try it and let me know what you think!
Wishing you all happy eating,