Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Mediterranean Tomato Relish

Recipe from Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue

This recipe is representative of the many tomato relishes served with Mediterranean grilling.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 cups

  • 3 red rip tomatoes, cut into 1/4-ince dice, with their juices
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-ince dice
  • 1 to 4 hot peppers of your choice, seeded and cut into into 1/4-ince dice (for hotter relish, leave the seeds in)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea)

Step 1: Combine the tomatoes, onion, hot pepper(s), parsley, olive oil, and lemon juice in a nonreactive mixing bowl and stir to mix.

Step 2: Taste for seasoning, adding salt to taste and/or more lemon juice as necessary; the relish should be highly seasoned.


Use these other sauces and rubs on your favorite meats too:

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