Marinating the lemon flesh with salt mellows its acidity while intensifying its fragrant citrus pop. It takes the creamy yogurt dressing in chef Biju Thomas’ refreshing salad to an entirely new level of deliciousness. You also can use store-bought preserved lemon rind in a pinch.Slideshow: More Romaine Salad Recipes

June 2018


Credit: Jennifer Causey

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15 mins
8 hrs 15 mins


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  • Using a Y-shaped vegetable peeler, remove peel from lemons, leaving the white pith. Place peel strips in a bowl. Using a small, sharp knife, remove and discard pith. Cut lemons into 1-inch pieces, and place in bowl with peel strips. Rub salt into lemon mixture until sandy. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

  • Process lemon pieces, yogurt, and ginger in a blender until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container, and chill until ready to serve.

  • Arrange lettuce, cucumber, onion, and olives on a large rimmed platter.

  • Heat a small skillet over medium. Add cumin seeds, and cook, stirring often, until toasted and fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Drizzle salad with some of the yogurt dressing, and sprinkle with toasted cumin. Serve immediately with remaining dressing.