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Iraqi Summag (Sumac) Salad

Try this Iraqi salad to switch things up for your next lunch

This is a recipe for a very tasty salad using the Middle Eastern spice sumac (sumaq). In Iraq, it is known as summag. It is easy to make and comes from an Iraqi blog. — Um Safia

This recipe is courtesy of Um Safia via Food.com.


  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/4 medium onion
  • 1 Tablespoon sumac
  • Salt
  • Olive oil


Peel the cucumbers in stripes. Slice the cucumbers in half, length-wise. Slice these halves into semi-circles, each no more than 1-2 mm thick. Put the cucumbers in the salad bowl.

Chop the tomato into salad-size pieces — not too large and not too small. Add to the cucumber.

Slice the onion into long pieces and add to the tomato and cucumber.

Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the salad and add the sumac and salt to taste. Mix well. Enjoy.