While the flavor of cumin is often instantly recognizable, ground coriander (ground from the seeds of cilantro plants) is more subtle. It adds a mild lemon flavor to dishes like this simple, sophisticated salad.
Yield : 6 servings
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 small garlic clove, minced
½ jalapeño, seeded and sliced (optional)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander (optional)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
⅓ cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1½ to 2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, cored and sliced
2 ripe avocados, sliced
Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
Whisk together cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, sugar, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, lime rind, lime juice, and olive oil in a small bowl. Or, combine in a jar, close lid tightly, and shake until well blended.
Arrange tomatoes and avocados on a platter. Drizzle with cumin-coriander vinaigrette; sprinkle with cilantro leaves.