Tomato Salad with Cucumbers, Toasted Almonds, Lemon Ricotta and Chermoula

Tomato salad with cucumbers, toasted almonds, lemon ricotta and chermoula

Recipe by Chef Katie Ardington

Location: Ottawa, ON
Servings: 4 people
Preparation time: 20 - 60 minutes

Chef Katie Ardington
Chef Katie Ardington



  • 3 large Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1 pint cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 whole English or Field Cucumber
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds – chopped by hand or put in food processor for finer texture
  • Fresh chives, tarragon or edible flowers for garnish

Chermoula (Recipe yield amount: 1 cup)

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cilantro (cleaned and stemmed)
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • Juice and zest of 3 lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves - peeled
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Lemon Ricotta

  • 1 tub ricotta
  • Lemon juice, to taste



In a small skillet, toast the cumin and coriander seeds over low heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and let cool. Pulse until finely ground. A KitchenAid® Coffee and Spice Grinder can make this step easy, while simplifying other cooking tasks.

In a food processor, combine the ground seeds with the cilantro, parsley, mint, lemon juice and zest, garlic, chili flakes. Pulse until a coarse paste forms. With the processor running, drizzle in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Scrape the chermoula into a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. A KitchenAid® Stand Mixer with Food Processor Attachment can simplify this process.

Lemon Ricotta
Mix ricotta with lemon juice to taste, or make homemade ricotta.
Slice Heirloom tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Spoon chermoula onto plates, arrange sliced tomatoes on top. Curl cucumber into rolls using a mandolin or vegetable peeler or slice on top. Sprinkle almonds over top of vegetables and then alternating with lemon ricotta on top as well. Garnish with edible flowers or fresh herbs. Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (1 cup / 250 ml)
Calories: 230

  • Fat: 19 g (Saturated: 4.5 g)
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fibre: 2 g
  • Sugars: 3 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 15 mg
  • Sodium: 65 mg
  • Potassium: 400 mg
  • Calcium: 175 mg
  • Iron 1.5 mg

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